2007 Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport

2007 Moto Guzzi 1100 Road Test

in the Griso’s emotional Italian from the stressed-member engine its exo-skeleton, double-cradle tube-steel to its two-into-one exhaust, the purposeful male-slider fork, touches of and that single-sided swingarm.

Credit: Kevin Wing


March 2, 2007

An street rider will a motorcycle and immediately begin it up as to type and affixing certain to it. It’s usually obvious a bike is a tourer, sport dual-sport, sportbike, cruiser or bike; we decide that as as a cat categorizes a potential meal on the as reodent, bird or reptile. Guzzi’s new 2007 Griso . however, defies easy

It looks long and low; its style and seating position are of a … bike. Or could it be a

To add fuel to the fire, Moto in its press materials tells us the Griso has been completely and is, “A new category of motorcycle that call ‘Techno Custom.’” As the company points to its “long and low cruiser profile,” that “stable as a power cruiser, as as a lightweight …, and as powerful as a bike.” Whoa! Let’s through that mouthful of jargon.

Powering the Griso is an 90-degree pushrod V-twin displacing 1,064cc with a compression ratio and two valves per Those are hardly the stats of a engine, and when we took it to our dynocologist a few runs confirmed the Griso generates only peak horsepower at 6,900 to rpm, with 56.3 of peak torque at 5,500 to rpm. OK, scratch the sportbike

But that doesn’t mean isn’t an impressive motorcycle or a joy to Drink in the Griso’s emotional styling, from the stressed-member with its exo-skeleton, double-cradle frame to its two-into-one exhaust, the black male-slider fork, of brightwork and that single-sided The valve covers jut to the sides authority, and that breadbox of an oil on the right side adds the industrial touch.

It’s all held together by that red paint and saucy open that give the bike a appearance-la dolce vita in

That still leaves the Is it a techno custom, … or cruiser? Who the heck cares! The as they say, is in the puttin’‚ so go for a putt.

The key is situated up by the steering and with the Griso’s electronic injection there’s no need for a nor fast-idle lever. The starter briefly and the engine comes to its slight side-to-side shudder and the way it to the right when revved are of Guzzi’s unique V-twin with their longitudinal

A nice blend of technology Italian flair, the Griso attention wherever it goes.

position is aggressive with the high, knees up, the rider into a slight crouch by the for the bars; the hands are spread on spaced grips. For comfort I prefer the bar to be a bit narrower and slightly back, as it splays and positions my at too flat an angle, which out the elbows. Lever pull is to moderate for that hydraulically dry clutch; find first and note that the shift is uncommonly long.

Likewise, the engagement point on the is extremely broad. While makes it difficult to stall the it’s also hard to a clean, crisp getaway excessive clutch slipping. the six-speed transmission shifts the long throw between slows the shifting process.

The sits atop rather into this machine; its seat height may be problematic for not blessed with long Once it’s rolling the feels taut, mass purposeful. The engine is uncommonly especially for such a big V-twin, only a slight vibration in the tank or grips, here and in the rev range.

It begins to generate from about 2,700 and power comes on smoothly to its redline. The only glitch is when the rider rolls off the then abruptly rolls on the bike lurches forward a bit of driveline slop, with a at the rear end.

OK, the Griso is no literbike (some of which about double the horsepower), but light enough at 539 pounds wet and hard enough to certainly the rider in other ways. It its torque over a wide maintaining more than 52 from 2,900 to 7,100 and torque is what most use the majority of the time. Its combination of clatter with that dry clutch provides a certain delight.

We’d like to say the about the exhaust system, but that big muffler can hanging off the (and its absurdly complex the Griso is annoyingly quiet. We that any Griso owner who to relive the glory days of a Guzzi exhaust note soon go in search of an aftermarket to restore that dream.

Knees up, elbows out, a crouch are still good for a ride. The Griso also great cornering clearance.

hat male-slider fork can be dialed-in satisfactorily with its spring and both rebound and compression adjustments. In the rear the patented Reactive Shaft Drive the driveshaft within the graceful single-sided swingarm, but with extra. The shaft has a universal at each end, with torsional dampers for smoothness, and them with a control

It cancels out the typical up/down of the driveshaft as the throttle is abruptly and closed.

It’s similar to Paralever, and the Guzzi system works quite well. the action of the rear end is a single absorber with rising-rate and remote reservoir. Like the it’s also fully for preload, and for damping in both

It also provides plenty of to handle any reasonable demands upon it by the rider, and we were to dial-in a very satisfactory of plushness with control at ends.

Check the specs and that the Griso offers figures of 26 degrees and 4.25 with a 61.2-inch wheelbase. As a the Guzzi is solid and stable at and steers actively through favorite bit of twisties. There’s so leverage in that wide that you’ve got to go easy, with your hips, as too hand input makes the feel twitchy.

Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport

Still, if you need just little extra turn-in as the tightens up, give a little dip a shoulder and the Griso will a bit farther over onto excellent Metzeler Rennsport a 120/70-ZR17 front and 180/55-ZR17 They contribute to its sure-footed, handling. We might call the a “character sport,” a bike offers a lot of emotion and good that garners attention it goes, though it won’t up either the rear tire or the

Oil cooler offers a good of industrial function with integrated style.

For our photo I squired the Griso past Kevin Wing pass pass, accelerating to around 70 trying to corner like a man my age for the camera, then braking and turning it around in the width of the I continued for 20 to 30 passes at a time, and it all those twin 320mm Brembo front disc hugged by their opposed, calipers, hauled my bacon hard in powerful and easily one- or two-finger stops, the able assistance of the single rear disc with two pistons.

Despite this hard braking there was not a of fade, which was impressive. My braking complaint is that the rear pedal is applied it an area of slight resistance, a spot,” before passing it to actuate the brake-which makes it to modulate well until the is used to the inconsistency. The front and clutch levers each an adjustment wheel.

With that said, the is just a few control improvements from being an all-day fun These include tightening up clutch friction zone, throw and dialing in the rear feel. Its seat is narrow, but padded for a few hours at a time in the

You’re probably wondering-why the Griso? It comes from a in the novel I Promessi Sposi Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni In it an Italian nobleman, Don Rodrigo, the plague and senses his vulnerability to who would take advantage and his fortune.

He calls in his trusted Griso, and asks him to bring the immediately, but to tell no one; do it and both will be very paid indeed. But instead the Griso returns with two men who the fever-wracked Don Rodrigo, loot his and carry his nearly lifeless away in a cart.

As a comeuppance, in through his master’s clothing in of any last coins, Griso contracts the plague and is also carried away in the cart. naming a bike Griso is of like naming one after a from the Sopranos.

2007 Guzzi Griso 1100

The has no centerstand or underseat storage, and its tank hides beneath a cover so a magnetic tankbag attach. However, options through your Moto dealer include both a and small tankbag, a seatbag, luggage rack, a mini and saddlebags. The latter are a soft combination and hold 15 liters or are expandable to 20.

For those who might wish to go I would suggest a larger windscreen as the Griso hangs the out there like a mainsail. The sells for $13,490 in either or red, which puts it up bikes like the technically BMW R1200R before you begin options to either.

So what is the Guzzi Griso 1100? In my it’s a sophisticated … with the emphasis on suspension and rather than power. some manufacturers attempt to buyers with monster but pay less attention to suspension and Moto Guzzi has taken the direction with the Griso.

On a road it’s very for a better handling bike in the of a skilled rider to stay one that makes more And that’s part of la dolce

Griso gets the most its suspension, brakes and tires to an entertaining ride even mega power.

Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport
Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport
Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport


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