2011 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE Review — Motorcycle USA

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Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

2011 Moto Guzzi 8V SE Review

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Euro envy remains a complaint for the American motorcyclist. Yanks that we are, always those folks yonder Atlantic that get the motorcycle bits and pieces Thankfully that’s begun to and this current model introduces a host of previous rides.

One bike which got its immigration papers in order is the Guzzi Griso 8V SE Tenni.

The iteration of the Griso, which use of the four-valve cylinder head the 8V designation), has been in the U.S. for years now. Where the SE itself from the standard 8V is its classic styling accents, the brown leather seat and wheels. A fetching powder-coated frame with matte paint is also unique to the SE.

The Tenni colorway is a tribute to Omobono Tenni, who piloted the marque to racing glory in the and ‘40s.

The Moto Guzzi 8V already sports sleek lines, with the SE model some critical classic with the leather seat, wheels and Tenni colorway.

The 90-degree V-Twin mounted the frame axis remains Guzzi’s signature engine Fire up the air/oil-cooled 1151cc and the mirrors and bars shake a rhythmic chugging at idle. the throttle while the bike on its kickstand and the Guzzi does its to flip over onto its side.

This effect via rotational force of the longitudinal a definite character-building trait to the Guzzi. This ain’t typical motorcycle, and even the faithful must admit partial to mounts that the term quirky.

“The force while sitting makes me laugh every I blip the throttle,” agrees Associate Editor, Justin “This is definitely an Italian presented with the mindset of don’t like it? Screw we don’t care.’”

The cylinder burst from each in front of the rider’s knees, the “quattro valvole” moniker on the covers letting everyone this is the not the older two-valve Gear-driven timing chains the camshafts on the four-valve heads, and without accounting for the dulcet emanating from the left-side the Guzzi mill plays to the emotions with its rattling

Moto Guzzi’s signature configuration mounts the engine the frame axis, the cylinder jutting out in front of the riders and twisting a longitudinal crank.

accustomed to the clatter of the Guzzi riders can appreciate its ample performance (for full details of the 8V engine read our Griso 8V Comparison ). The Twin out rich torque across the but riders benefit most the sporting performance delivered in the and top-end. The Griso turned our dyno to the tune of 95 peak and 73 lb-ft of torque at the rear No slouch for an air-cooled Twin.

The transmission clunks in the bottom at low rpm; rev the engine above 4K and the slides up and down without any at all. In fact, the hydraulically clutch lever seems for the middle gears at times. The drive, another Moto staple and quirky trait for a model, lunges on hard and delivers bumpy chatter on downshifts.

“The transmission and drive are definitely funky,” Dawes. “That bike and shrinks so much on acceleration and It feels like the crazy swingarm and gearcase moves a

The Griso exhibits handling that far exceeds expectation. The and chassis are well suited to a pace, the Guzzi and intuitive

No complaints could be registered in the department, however, where the obliterates modest expectations. The frame chassis is taut and The inverted 43mm Showa delivers optimal performance, three-way adjustability (preload, and compression) to further fine the ride.

The rear Sachs retains the same three-way options, along with execution on the road.

“The chassis and handling in the canyons are surprised me the most,” says Steeves, Motorcycle USA’s brazen high-performance test “The Griso was surprisingly and even when it was done me, it still hauled … and more.”

The Guzzi enters and changes direction intuitively, the steering easy to manipulate to the leverage offered by the tall, handlebar. Once on its side the remains confidently stable riders mind a steady hand. The rotational input of the does make itself during high-speed right-handers in

Pirelli Scorpion tires the limiting factor in the handling the stiffer and less grippy stifling the Griso’s sporty

Steeves agrees: “I if you put on a sticky set of tires, performance you could go to the mountain and ride as aggressive as any sportbike up there; take it to guys on 600 and 750s all

The radial-mount Brembo calipers, with steel-braided brake complete the high-spec package. We the initial bite up front lacking. The stopping power is but requires a firm tug and doesn’t the precise lever feel

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

“The front brakes not as powerful as I would like to be,” says Steeves. course, they’re powerful to the point where you can lock up the tire, but they lacked the found on some sportbikes. may be unfair to compare them to a but I think Guzzi could up the power 15% or so.”

During our comparison with the Griso 8V we underwhelmed by the braking package as surmising an underpowered master or less aggressive brake were to blame. The other is that the Griso’s 555 pounds manifest on deceleration. Riders of the curb weight (which the 4.4-gallon fuel tank off) would be incredulous of the given its handling chops.

We had a time believing it ourselves, and we the ones rolling it onto the

The radial-mount Brembo calipers deliver the strong initial expected (left). The CARC drive is a Guzzi staple will

mystify some (middle). Maybe its us. but the odd shape of the muffler didn’t quite with the overall look

The Griso riding position is with a slight forward and high-ish pegs. Reach to the felt natural to our six-foot albeit with a faint required. The vague aggressiveness of the position led to some mild back discomfort on long of freeway, but proved ideal for the and canyon scraping duties, are the Griso’s métier.

Rider isn’t perfect, however, so Moto Guzzi quirk number five, or is it six the kickstand ahead of the pegs and shift making it a chore to find and more of a hassle to retract. while we liked the simple analog tach and right-side speedo, the Guzzi’s switchgear is odd and Every time you hear a horn toot it’s a misguided attempt to engage the signals.

The trip meters and in the instrument cluster are a riddle to as well, though we’ll the one-press ignition system is slick (once riders there no need to hold the starter to fire up the bike).

From the flawless stitching on the seat, to the fully-adjustable suspension steel-braided lines and tastelful

badges and eagle logos the Griso 8V SE gets most of the exactly right — the fit and impressive.

The Griso’s styling was striking, with its distinctive and prominent header pipes the front while the single-sided completes the rear. The 8V SE’s notes only improve on lines. It doesn’t hurt fit and finish on the paint and various are beyond reproach.

It’s a to examine flawless stitching on the saddle, red accents on the fork and discover the tasteful Guzzi and discreet eagle logos.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v


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