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Moto Guzzi Griso

Moto Guzzi Griso

by Bill B. for

About years ago I was at the annual Cycle International Motorcycle Show, around and looking at all the bikes. I across the Moto Guzzi and thought I’d take a

I had only seen one Moto “in the flesh” before, and that was a restored 850 Le Mans 1 from the I had seen Guzzis in magazines but quite knew what to of the brand. They all seemed to odd names, like Stone and and California and Eldorado, and, I they were equally odd

To be honest, I just didn’t them. Until that day, five years

That was the first time I my eyes upon the Moto V11 Le Mans, and it was love at first I’m not entirely certain what it was got me hooked — but love is right?

I immediately returned and told my wife that if was ever an occasion to surprise me a new motorcycle, the Le Mans was the one that I to have.

A few years passed and that wish never to be. In fact, for a while it seemed Moto Guzzi had ceased to — there was at least one at the show that I don’t seeing any Moto Guzzi at all. This was about the that Aprilia came to the but they had problems of their own and the giant Piaggio finally both brands from ruin.

One good by-product of time was a concept bike the Griso, which brings us to our today.

Time marches on, and two ago, while wandering yet another Cycle World I came by the expansive Piaggio and there amongst the scooters Vespa and the Sportbikes from sat a Griso.

The V11 Le Mans was no more — my was now possessed by a new love. I updated my and told her that the Griso had the V11 and made sure that if she happened to have $13,000 around that was not allocated for else — and on the off chance I had been very, very — this was the bike I

Sadly, yet another year with no sign of a Griso in the but at the next motorcycle show, beside the Griso was a sign: No No Payments for One Year.

If, that is, you buy December 31, 2006.

Hmmm. see: I’m turning 50 next and this would be an excellent to myself and the “easy financing” could sell the deal to my

Now the challenge was finding a dealer wanted to sell me a Griso. are two dealerships in the area and I contacted via email. The response from one was typical; lukewarm, but the other fell all over themselves my business.

Guess which one I with?

Even stranger was the vibe of the dealership. We’ve all in shops full of sullen, staff who act like you’re them a favor if you want to buy a right?

The flip side of coin is the over-aggressive, hyper-active who only want to sell you the Sportbike or dirt bike to mankind and waste your letting you know how uber-cool are.

But this wasn’t any motorcycle dealership I’d ever in. maybe because it really This shop is owned by a fanatic who has a collection of vintage and scooters on display in a “museum” in the of the store.

He also owns two shops and are located in very high areas that serve a affluent customer base. are people who consider dropping grand for a Vespa, Piaggio or pocket change. That Guzzi comes with the franchise deal is a bonus for shop as it offers a high end alternative to the scooter set.

I was a bit since they had only added Aprilia and Moto brand to their stable and since scooters account for 80% of their sales — the motorcycle genre would be as an afterthought.

I couldn’t have more wrong.

After a call from the owner and an hour on the phone with him about motorcycles and scooters learning that the only more fanatical than scooter lunatics are hard-core Guzzi fanatics), it was a very decision to buy the bike from By the way, just so you know: the oldest motorcycle brand in the is Moto Guzzi, who just their 85th straight of production.

One thing that the of the shop told me: Moto owners ride first, later and they are serious bikes.

That was encouraging to because people who ride have time for unreliable, bikes. If you’re working on a you’re not riding. I enjoy regular maintenance on my bikes as as the next guy — but I would rather ride than

So I ended up buying what I was only the second Griso had sold. The first was bought unseen over the phone and by them to a customer in Louisiana.

had the bike in once for the initial in service and again when a valve cover gasket leaking oil, and the service has so far beyond what I’ve experienced at any motorcycle shop and I be more satisfied.

The service manager is polite, he and he’s focused on. customer He’s committed to getting bike fixed and back in hands without delay. it’s more like your car serviced at a high luxury car dealership than a shop.

But what about the

The Griso is the first V-twin ever owned. All of my prior have been inline and the feel of the V-twin is so different what I’d been accustomed to but this is a good thing.

The is more than just a bike — and trust me, if you to get looks on a motorcycle, then the is like having your own spotlight following you around.

I’m in a crowd of bikes parked people walk right the dozen cookie cutter bikes and gather around the If you’re an introvert – buy another My other ride is a Kawasaki and nobody ever asked me that, but people will down their window at a light and ask about this


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The Griso is also a great to ride. It loves to rev and it loves be hard. The wide handlebars it a breeze to turn even its long wheelbase. The Brembo stop RIGHT NOW. For a that’s not a lightweight, it’s maneuverable and corners like on rails.

Sure, there are bikes that can out accelerate, and out-corner it, but who cares? The Griso claim to be a race bike.

If you a bike that balances and looks, this is your There are side bag and rear bag available from Moto and other aftermarket sources Hepco-Becker. There’s a small and a larger windscreen available Moto Guzzi also; I the small ‘screen (see and it does a serviceable job of helping to the brunt of the wind from my

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At 70 MPH and above there’s plenty of to offset the slightly forward towards the bars. I don’t travel higher than 80 MPH and I find the buffeting that If it was an all day journey at those speeds I probably have a different but that’s what the larger is for.

I was surprised though a 1100cc V-twin would as easily as the Griso does. I know if that’s indicative of it tuned for maximum horsepower at revs or not. It’s not an in normal operation, since my as the operator is picking the right and RPM for the situation – just a little

The two other things that getting used to is the ominous coming from the gearbox and But from reading the postings of Guzzi owners, it seems this is an aspect of the bike’s There is a definite “sound” goes with the gear

There’s also a fair of play in the driveshaft linkage, so you quickly roll off the throttle in lower gears and at lower you can really feel and hear the taking up slack. Again, Guzzi owners say this is not the norm and not necessarily indicative of any problem.

Certainly at higher higher RPMs and higher this issue diminishes I’m still trying to decide if my riding style exacerbates the When I have a passenger I’m more attentive to minimizing the since I’m trying to also the “helmet to helmet” contact often occurs with a on board.

A couple of areas that bring a smile to my face is the of the engine. To me, when I’m on the bike, I like I’m riding a luxurious That seems silly the obvious size and weight but the Griso really does to be ridden in a “spirited” manner if you my drift.

The wide bars, seat and streamlined view the cockpit encourage that too.


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Another area that is appealing on the Griso is the attention to that went into the The oil cooler on the right side is an this could have out like a sore thumb but the made it fit into the overall very nicely. The eccentric cam on the shift and brake levers are items but well thought

Running the brake and electrical under the swingarm driveshaft to hide them from is another example. And not using reservoirs for the clutch and brake on the handlebars is another little that adds to the overall look of the bike.

Even the of the CARC swingarm assembly like as much thought in to the aesthetics as the engineering. Of course, do have “… appeal” and view of the bike from brings to mind the curviness of attractive Italians as well .

options are available to replace the large-ish stock muffler. I really have much of a with it but some people do and are several replacements available, a right hand version exposes the single sided and looks pretty cool.

things will need to be either from a site or from an outlet here in the that will handle the That’s probably standard for the more Euro-centric brands Moto Guzzi, but it’s a bit for those used to buying the large mail order that serve the United

New Moto Guzzi owners. the MGNOC (Moto Guzzi Owners Club ) and you get a monthly about all things Guzzi. the Guzzi Tech website is a clearing house for information on the web for Guzzi related content. also a very informative dedicated to the newer models, the Griso.

Breva. Bellagio. and Sport 1200 with of great information and advice seasoned MG users around the

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a Moto Guzzi Griso is the question “What is that?”. To that question, I’ve the advice of a poster on the Guzzi forum: “It’s a limited hand made, Italian

Usually, that answer in a nod of the head and “Ohhh”.

But, if the really is interested in finding out about this fascinating that delivers looks as as performance, more questions follow. They will to understand what makes bike stand out from the cutter cruiser and sport crowd.

If you don’t want to see at every corner, if you want with unique style and technology that still what motorcycling has been for the 85 years — then is the bike for you.

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