Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v Ash On Bikes

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Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

Moto Guzzi Griso 8v

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When it comes to many brands the word `styling` is by `gorgeous Italian. ` almost by

Ducati and especially Bimota are — or victims — of knee jerk response, yet a back from the cliché so shows it up as unjustified. Most in the last decade or so have garishly coloured and over-styled, Ducati has produced as many oddities as beauties.

Yet on the sly, in the oldest factory of them all in del Lario, permanently struggling the takeover of a takeover — rescuing Aprilia who rescued — sent out to its small of showrooms the Griso. Now here was a if ever there was one, to the `gorgeous Italian styling`

Set aside whatever the Moto moniker means to you, and in instead those beautiful out lines, the tank draped the central, overtly muscular See it from the right and you have a beast, chunky oil-cooler followed by the big, square castings of the engine, then the and arms of the parallelogram final system designed to overcome the shunts and dips of more cardan transmissions.

Walk around to the left side and the is different, dominated and determined by the exhaust and its unfeasibly fat pipes, down at the centre then up an equally fat silencer.

Stroll closer and admire the how Guzzi`s engineers have so hard at ensuring all the silvers plastic, steel or aluminium are closely matched, how the headlamp mounting is anodised red, how the channel taillight hides its LED sources. It`s a visual which lends the Griso sophistication, a bike to wear on, to have the butler park you arrive at the Dorchester.

It seems rude to give it another horsepower. But that`s exactly Guzzi did with the Griso 8v, the original`s Euro 3-challenged 1064 with a freer-breathing its octet of poppet valves by small red badges and the new siamesed its double exit allegedly of a figure 8. A shame the 8v stickers so cheap — on most bikes they`d not even but here they`re like a stain on an Armani suit.

The gains more than extra valves. Someone at was given the thankless task of how many components in the longitudinal V-twin are new compared with the We aren`t told how long he to count, but the answer is 563, he also says is around 75 per apparently counting the final was too much even for this fellow or the percentage could been more accurate.

Some changes are obvious, as the longer … but as-you-were of 95mm and the overhead cams their chain drives, such as the additional oil pump to the separate cooling circuit are but designed to improve durability and

If stickers and silencer aside the looks the same, in fact are subtle changes designed to comfort and control, such as narrower than the unusually ones of before, a reshaped and footrests a little higher and back to underline the bike`s sporting bias. The pearl colour is new for the 8v, the black is the same as and still for me is how the Griso flavour is best.

The front brakes the old model`s callipers but the discs squeeze are modishly wave — of no meaningful practical (the oft-quoted improved is a myth as the surface area is minimal), but they add something to the style.

There`s substance to the in the form of power, that significant gain boosts the 88bhp of the earlier version to a 108bhp (109PS, 80.3kW). a leap which doesn`t well for low rev torque, and indeed the from two-valve heads to in so many cases arches the of the power curve, adding rev horses at the expense of the useful ones in the lower reaches of the rev

So it`s a surprise when you the light and predictable clutch, the throttle and Griso 8v pulls in near-identical fashion to Griso 4v. The two in fact are almost indistinguishable in day riding, with remarkably power and torque curves 6000rpm is past. That`s a number for a big, air-cooled a short step from the power peak and a small hop to the 8200rpm rev limiter.

But it`s that the slope steepens, the bike digs in and thrusts with a truly exhilarating The power falls away more grudgingly than on the so you do hit the limiter more often, and the unit has a revvier, more feel, the one attribute you do note down the rev range.

Guzzi it has compensated well for the 8 valve`s nature in the simplest way, adding capacity to pack out the What was lost at low revs in the heads is regained in the longer throw, making the engine as as it was for those who valued the torque a big power bonus for those like more thrills: claims up to 140mph (230kph)

The chassis meanwhile is largely and a good job too as this is one of the sweetest motorcycles you`ll find the badge. The Guzzi factory on the edge of the Alps and it shows in the way the flows easily and naturally tight hairpin turns, its lengthy wheelbase and obeying its with languid accuracy. No dropping in here, low speed or just a delightful balance shrugs off the signature nod to the side the throttle is blipped and the bike to spin around its own crank.

The bars might be narrower, but not narrow, still splaying arms wide in an odd but ultimately poise, and it works well with the re-sited footrests you`re making the most of the The windblast is less of an issue you`d expect, and if there`s a it`s that the small of suspension choppiness should from the front, not the rear its unsprung weight disadvantage a chain. It`s not intrusive but remind you this is not a full-on bike after all.

The work as Brembos always to, with power, predictability and modulation, enough for forceful without the wet road intimidation of pure sports set-ups. it`s just the bike`s rate of turn which it back on sinuous routes, big heaves on those bars for slow direction changes. to swing it instead of flick it and the is rewarding though, and works with the long-legged motor.

It`s worth mentioning the as Guzzis` could be so bad, but the gears engage quickly if a stiffly at times, the backlash is (on some Guzzis it comes to spoiling the ride around and the shaft-driven rear behaves for all the like a chain, without the and maintenance. That really do, would it?

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

Clearly if this is all so far, it`s only so for who expect what the Griso The wind force at speed is to the type, the handling won`t sports riders and the motor is in its mid-range. It`s not perfect either, with something of a spot at 5000rpm and come-and-go vibrations across the tacho`s

The reversed indicator and horn an owner will adapt to, but it pointless and it is irritating at first, when you mean to turn. I`d a bigger fuel tank the Griso`s 3.7 gallon (16.7 4.4 gallons US) to lend it real and distance ability, but economy of Guzzis is good so I`d expect the to be merely poor rather useless.

Sadly we couldn`t consumption on the Milan-based press so that`s speculation.

As a rule the seems good, as far as you can judge of a new on a riding presentation, but Guzzis days do seem to be acceptably just as well when spare parts can take so to arrive and the dealers aren`t the best. We`ve been for years this will but no one`s holding their

But for the rider after something a different with a lot of sophisticated a relaxed motor with a top end kick and very satisfying a Griso 8v is not so much a considered as right up there on the shortlist. And for this is quite simply the looking motorcycle available

Model tested: Moto Griso 8v

Price 2011:

Available now

Engine: 90-degree air cooled, sohc 8v, 1151cc

108bhp (109PS, 80.3kW @ rpm

Torque: 79.6lb.ft (11.0kgm, @ 2,500rpm

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

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