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Moto Guzzi Griso 1100

Moto Guzzi Griso — Moto Guzzi its best ever

Moto Griso 1100

Moto builds its best ever

de Prato

January 2006

means grayish in the Italian of the region around Lake where Moto Guzzi is While it’s true doesn’t seem to be a very name for a motorcycle, there is a story: Griso is the name of a evil-baron character in what is the most famous saga in literature I Promessi Sposi or The which happens to be set in and around home town.

And so Moto keeps referring to local when naming its bikes, be it of a good wind that across the lake (Breva) or of a bad All this being said, the evil connotations of the Griso are perfectly fitting, because new Guzzi 1100 is indeed a full of grit. From its aggressive styling to the quality of its this is a bike that to largely revamp the image of Guzzi.

First, it must be that the Griso project is not an Guzzi effort. There was a lot of involvement during construction of the that debuted at the 2003 Show, where it stirred attention alongside the MGS-01 The message was clear that the Eagle was out to prey again, years of living on pet food. the Griso was lost in the fog of the financial that dissolved the Aprilia

Piaggio came to the rescue and Guzzi’s new, highly CEO Daniele Bandiera was given the light to get the Griso into This was accomplished in remarkably time and done all in-house—no from Aprilia.

Moto calls the Griso 1100 a a fancy definition to help set it in a world full of cruisers and bikes.

The custom elements are from the distinctive use of the frame as a styling riff to the svelte of the tank to the bold exhaust and the almost obscenely massive The techno touch comes the very rational riding and from the competence of the chassis. The combination has a quality fit and finish to the last detail like we never seen before on an bike.

Altogether, the production (available in the U.S. this for about $12,500) retains all the magic and impact of the prototype and it fully functional, something isn’t very common in the from showbike to showroom. In or in red, it’s all Moto in yellow it’s the ultimate in light metallic blue aarghhh! Forget Light Blue will you!

While the concept and styling are big the powerplant is not. This is the same engine as that of the 1100, which itself was a evolution of the V11 mill. After 40 years of boring, stroking, tuning and re-tuning the original V7 by the late Dr. Giulio Cesare the air-cooled, transversely mounted V-Twin is now in its ultimate 1064cc (92 x 80mm bore and …).

changes reduced reciprocating and vibration, while the engine were similarly analyzed and Oil sump capacity was limited in the so a large oil radiator has been and applied in effective Griso plain sight on the right of the engine, framed by a black, airbox.

The centrally located, camshaft operates the valves via while twin 45mm bodies and Weber-Marelli electronic meter air and fuel. Claimed is 88.1 horsepower at 7600 with peak torque of foot-pounds at 6400 revs. figures are slightly higher those of the Breva due to the longer runners (better ram effect) and airbox. The larger and less exhaust system also the extra kick at high

To further enhance the more response of the Griso power the primary drive ratio is from the Breva’s 26/34 to Power enters a new six-speed of more conventional, two-shaft (compared to the old V11’s three-shaft This new gearbox is 40mm but 5 pounds lighter.

And much shifting. Final drive is with the Breva, complete the so-called CARC, Moto proprietary full-floating crow-and-pinion that eliminates chassis typical of shaft drive.

As before, the frame plays a role, both as a structural and styling element, figuring the Griso’s visual appeal more than with bikes. This is the touch of that sets this apart. The pair of painted, exposed 50mm tubular spars run from the steering to the two massive plates that to the rear engine/gearbox mounting and solidly locate the swingarm

Around the steering head, the are braced by a sturdy trellis composed of multiple triangulations on both the steering head and the element that connects the where they bend to meet the steering head. spars also solidly the front engine mount, integrating the engine as a stressed of the frame.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100

In the best Moto Guzzi the wheelbase is a long 61.2 This means there is of space between the axles for and passenger. Solo, weight is 48/52 percent front-to-rear, combines with a conservative rake and 4.3-inch trail to the Griso a very stable, bike.

The suspension allies with this geometry. The 43mm Showa fork was from the Aprilia Tuono, at the rear is a single gas-charged with a progressive linkage. the to the substantial offset of the shaft the rear Pirelli Diablo can be a meaty 180/55ZR17, complemented by a at the front. A pair of 320mm discs and four-piston calipers at the work with the single two-piston setup at the rear.

the 4.5-gallon fuel tank the Griso scales 473 pounds.

The of Mandello del Lario has a second in addition to being the location Moto Guzzi was founded by V. Parodi and Carlo Guzzi: It is by magnificent mountains where a of roads provide perfect loops. Right from the you let out the clutch, it is clear the Griso is a user-friendly motorcycle. It feels and responsive around town, remaining stable at high

The riding position allows precise control and long-haul with a slightly sporty relationship. The wide, straight induces a natural, leaned-forward

Above all, though, the shows the best of what is available from the venerable V-Twin. Throttle response is and immediate. Suddenly, this that has long been as the epitome of an ultra-reliable touring here shows an aggressiveness warms the heart and makes it at every throttle opening.

The peak torque comes at a rpm than on the Breva, and combined the shorter gearing makes the smoke off the line with vigor. Low-end is one thing, but the surprise is that the engine seems to run out of breath, pulling all the way to redline. The overall response the engine power seem than the claimed numbers.

better, the versatility and responsiveness beautifully with the very chassis. Well-sorted suspension bike attitude in check acceleration, limiting the transfer of to the rear, which in turn the steering response properly when accelerating hard out of a In all, the chassis of the Griso the best of the present Moto batch, to the point that it being celebrated on par with the V7 Sport red frame.

It’s very firm and agile and neat, totally at high speed, easy in traffic and up a twisty mountain Cornering clearance allows lean angles, which is than adequate even for the aggressive riding style on the

That is the biggest delight of The Griso is the unexpected Moto The Eagle is back.

Source: World

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