2011 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE Motorcycle Road Test Rider Magazine

15 Май 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 2011 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE Motorcycle Road Test Rider Magazine отключены
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept

2011 Moto Guzzi 8V SE Road Test


December 15, 2011

photography by Wing

This 2011 Guzzi Griso 8V SE Road was originally published in the January issue of Rider magazine]

Helmet: HJC Symax II / Jacket Olympia Moto Sports / Boots: Cortech Solution

the chicken or the egg, one wonders Moto Guzzi decided first—the Griso moniker for motorcycle or its unique design. If the I can imagine the artisans at Marabese near Milan scratching heads a bit at first, pondering a motorcycle named after a bodyguard in an Italian novel look like.

Signore creator also described him in The as “the bravest of the brave, the right hand man to whom all the dangerous and difficult missions entrusted.” The build of Vin Diesel with the sleek style and of Kato (as in Bruce Lee, not However it got there, Marabese succeeded in creating Moto “Techno Custom,” an outrageous combo atop its 90-degree V-twin, and wowed the public the one-of-a-kind concept bike was in 2002.

Quattrovalvole SOHC V-twin is fed by Marelli EFI and exhausts via 2-into-1 pipes.

To Guzzi’s credit, when the Griso 1100 was finally for 2006 it remained nearly to the concept. Since then the has received numerous refinements 2009—the motive force it deserves from Guzzi’s and most power­ful 8V “Quattrovalvole”

On this new Griso 8V SE or Special the standard model’s cast are replaced by aluminum hoops stainless-steel spokes, which go without tubes for the sporty and 180/55-ZR17 Pirelli Scorpion radials (more on the magic Blacking out the SE’s wheels, engine, fork and handlebar off the lovely pastel green and tan and red badging which, in combination the brown stitched-leather seat, is an to the 2002 Moto Guzzi Tenni sportbike.

It had similar and brown livery (reminiscent of the old V8 and 350 racers) and was a tribute to Omobono who raced to 47 victories for Moto before he died in 1948. likely would have the LeMans, but would probably its colors being used for the SE with its beefy, fully male-slider fork, fully linked rear shock, Brembo radial brake and huge wave rotors up

Griso 8V’s signature muffler came with new in ’09.

Despite the taffy and V-twin’s unique layout the Griso’s massive 2-into-1 that first catches eye, with its howitzer-size, stainless pipes collecting before a closed-loop catalyzer and signature twin-turbine silencer. The 1,151cc, SOHC twin four valves per jug pumps a bark out of that Toontown and made a healthy 97.7 at 7,500 rpm and ­74.3 lb-ft of at 6,600 at the rear wheel on the Tuning Dynojet dyno.

As a stressed member in the twin-tube frame the 90-degree 8V mill the bike at idle, yet is quite at speed and on the gas, with enough pulse-feel rumbling the handlebar and footpegs to remind you a twin. Power, or rather of torque, are always on tap from the big than 90 percent of peak, in from 3,000 rpm nearly to at 8,000—and thanks to the bike’s light 553-pound wet weight it briskly forward on command. oil pumps for lubrication and cooling and large side-mounted oil cooler the air-cooled powerplant doesn’t

The urge is fed through a mildly single-plate dry clutch (which has a nice, low-effort, wet-clutch and slick-shifting six-speed transmission, is geared tall enough to the bike a relaxing lope dropped into sixth on the Guzzi’s single-sided compact shaft final-drive system ( Reattivo Compatto or CA.R.C.) over from there, torsionally damped u-joints in the and pivots in the housing that both suspension inputs throttle and driveline lash. A lash is noticeable if you shift but the power­train is otherwise very

How often do you find serious opposed four-piston brakes on a

Other than the spoked so far I could be talking about a Guzzi sportbike. Run your down the spec chart to the 61.2-inch wheelbase, however, and think the previous discussion all out the window. Surprisingly not.

In to all that sportbike running the Griso’s relatively tight rake, 4.25-inch trail and handlebar offset the bike’s requisite long wheelbase, so it quickly with mild in tight corners yet holds a really well in fast Oddly it’s even a darty at times on the highway, that could be a combination of surface, tires and that bar. In any event don’t let the between the axles fool you thinking this bike like a cruiser.

Nor does it sit one. Footpegs are relatively and rearset, like a … first thing to drag is the though you’ll have to pretty hard to get it there. The leans the rider forward the wind, which works with the comfortable, 31.5-inch-high to make long distances than doable.

The bike does ride a harshly on the freeway with the set for a good compromise elsewhere, but be stopping to fill the 4.4-gallon quite frequently anyway, if you only manage the same fuel economy we did of 33.6

Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept

Don’t let the long wheelbase you—the Griso 8V is more than cruiser.

Ring-and-locknut preload adjustment on the Boge shock makes it difficult to to accommodate passengers and/or though RLs are pretty common on piggyback reservoir units as this. Adjustments for preload in and damping in both directions and rear are a snap, and help adapting the bike for more or more sport both and easy.

Guzzis of old would right up under braking in so with the Griso, nor does it from any shaft jacking or steer. Basically it feels a big … sportbike when hard in the canyons, with a tad more feedback coming the handlebar and back end. The disc brakes are very and capable and have good at the lever and pedal.

Guzzi went to some giving all of the little things on the plenty of their own styling The red tops for the fork legs, for or the hubcap-size aircraft-style fuel turned aluminum bungee under the seat and mesh in front and back that air to flow to the cylinder heads and under the seat (which a great throaty growl of its own throttle).

Atypically for bikes nowhere to hide it, even the EVAP canister is carefully into the lines of the drivetrain. The tach/digital speedo and LCD display is a on its own, and offers a wealth of including reserve range, temp, a chronometer and two tripmeters. brake and clutch levers are hydraulic lines are braided and the battery is easy to access the locking seat.

Gripes? Oil is with a dipstick, tricky there’s no centerstand. And instead of an flange on those lovely wheels to make them like the MG Stelvio’s the spokes penetrate the rim and are sealed with which can greatly complicate should the wheels ever truing or other service.

In with the large front rotors, final drive and disc partially obscuring from view, I’m not sure the are worth the trouble (vs. the cast). You be the judge….

Owning a unique bike this from a 90-year-old (see page 26) that about 5,000 motorcycles per is done for its exclusivity and appearance spokes and all. There’s quite like the sight of the green SE Techno Custom among a sea of red Italian bikes. riding it is also so much fun and makes the Griso 8V SE one unique and package.

Combination analog LCD speedo and info display is read at a glance.

Type: longitudinal 90-degree V-twin

x Stroke: 95.0 x 81.2mm

Ratio: 11.0:1

Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 Strada Concept


Other articles of the category "Moto Guzzi":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.