2009 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V

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Join Date July 2005 — Bike Moto Guzzi V11 DR250S, Uma Location Newdlands, Posts 5,372

2009 Guzzi Griso 8V

Here I was on morning in at Scooterazzi talking to and Mark about getting my shaft sorted on my V11 Sport (in case just greased). were customers coming in and out so than hold the guys up I around and looked at all of the new Moto there. I sat on all of them and admired but the 8V kept getting more than all of them. I sat on that the

While the guys were I talked about it and what thought of the beautiful black

Then they said is the demonstrator, want to take it for a Well who could refuse Then a little idea my head…….

I asked them if I take it on the HOG 3rd Annual Toy Run that was tomorrow and spend a little on it getting to know how the Griso After all of that, do a review in KB. it was a long shot, I was very surprised when they no worries.

Looking at my V11 Sport and thinking I want it in the garage when the was happening, I gave my keys to who agreed to take it out also on the Toy

In this review, I’m not going to go all of the technical specs of the Griso 8V, what it was like to ride, and of potential ownership.

Well,…first of the Griso 8V…….

Riding is very relaxed, wide bars almost like a big with pegs a lot further and lower than the V11.

Key in, needle sweeps around to 6.5K rpm telling you this is all allowed to rev it to for now and then a jab of the starter.

that you don’t have to the clutch in like my V11.

it in gear with clutch out but start which is all good.

note is quiet with a whine coming from the motor (alternator perhaps?) but has the classic Guzzi rumble to let you it’s alive.

Put it into first gear, smooth with just a wee also telling you she has a big shaft back there. A few revs a little of the swing-to-the-right torque but not as much as the V11), indicate and a BLAAAAAAAAAHPPPP from the horn.

Yup, why did they put the bloody button up where the indicators be and the indicators down really Is this the new trend for bikes and I’m the times??

Anyway, second go at indicated successfully and off we go.

Like I earlier, great riding for around town, lots of on the bars and the brakes are absolutely these being radially Brembos.

Engine – this had around 500kms on it so I wasn’t to redline it of course. First I note is that it doesn’t have the pull in the low and mid-range my 2-valve V11 has. Whether is due to the motor still being a tight or not, hard to but despite this it’s impressive.

Very torquey.

HOWEVER,…..once you it a little berries, at around she really comes alive and off like no 2-valve Guzzi

Sure it’s no GSX-R1000 but it pretend to be either.

Big strong noise plus pretty engine braking like

On the open road at 100km/h and where the V11 Sport has a really buzz and renders the mirrors the Griso is completely smooth.

Top Moto Guzzi, on this.

the whole motor is a lot smoother the V11 Sport so this must been something they on.

Handling – well since $26,500 Guzzi was not mine, I going to push the limits of handling but I did get an impression.

The wheelbase is 80mm longer than the V11 but with the same fork

You feel like the bike is when you’re riding it, this makes for a very feel especially when into the corners. The suspension is soaking up the bumps and keeping it straight and true.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100
Moto Guzzi Griso 1100

If I was going around the ‘Takas, I probably prefer the V11 Sport for the that it lighter and shorter for a slightly more nimble

Given time to get used to the 8V though, who knows.

The only complaint if I really had to think it to the Griso’s handling is that it benefit from a steering I say this because on more one occasion the forks gave a when changing gears acceleration due to the front end being light!!

Plus it feels a top-heavy when crawling at slow speeds.

Ergonomics – I talked about the bars and position earlier. Well to around town and surprisingly on the motorway at 100km/h, the small binnacle acting as a little I probably wouldn’t want to be at 140km/h all day but then that’s anyway isn’t it!!

The is of sitting on top of the bike rather into it like the V11 Sport. different, not better or worse.

The seat is very comfortable, not too but supports your … right but the true revelation is the comfort. Well, the V11 is absolute in that department to the point Mrs Nudey refuses to go on the back of it. She the back of the Griso though the nicely padded seat and pegs.

The levers and controls into place nicely, from maybe the aforementioned positioning but I got used to that

The digital speedo and analogue and nice and easy to read, for all of the techno-geeks you can play around 2 trip meter combos also display average highest speed, battery litres per 100km, lap scorers you believe, temperature and a clock.

– what can I say, she’s a machine. Long, lean and is how I would describe it. The cross-over ending up in the 2 barrelled silencer are

Lots of chrome and alloy go with the deep black work.

Italian style at best.

So all in all, Moto Guzzi has their classic theme the air-cooled v-twin but with century touches. The Griso 8V is refined, maybe too much, who

I very much enjoyed my two with the Griso and I thank and Mark from Scooterazzi in Street, Wellington for lending me beautiful exotic machine.

Now is the to buy Guzzis as there are some sharp deals going on.

I buy one? Well, I love my V11 to bits but at times it can be a really in the … (literally!!), so…thinking…….plus Mrs loved (loves) it.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100
Moto Guzzi Griso 1100
Moto Guzzi Griso 1100


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