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Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

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Posted 28 October — 07:55 PM

One of the best street bikes out there? on the heavy, low 2013 Moto Griso 1200 8V SE for the first and feeling the huge torque from its agricultural motor scare you off, but it shouldn’t. is one of the most charismatic, unique and capable motorcycles available

What’s New

Dubbed “Black in Europe and not called that for obvious reasons, all that’s new for is this black/silver paint That paint is accentuated blacked-out mechanical components the frame, motor, suspension and hubs and rims.

2013 Guzzi Griso 8V SE

The Griso was at EICMA way back in 2003, entering production in 2005 the lumbering old 1100 motor. bike had promise, but was held by limited power and a difficult Upon acquiring Guzzi in revamping the Griso became a top and, in 2007, it debuted the new “8V” motor with 110 80 lb.-ft. of torque and a revier, compliant nature.

Reviewing that new bike, MCN wrote, “The striking-looking has been transformed from a yet evocative old-school roadster a charging rhino of a motorcycle true 140 mph potential.”

Looking at the specs, you don’t see anything remarkable for a high-end roadster. all Guzzi’s up to the new California 1400, the is used as a stressed member in the tube frame. That’s with decent, if unremarkable suspension and good brakes in the of 320mm front discs radial Brembo calipers.

the wheels are tubeless spoked at 17 inches they accept performance rubber, but that increases unsprung weight the more common alloy

Perhaps it’s good, that the Griso is a heavy — 489 lbs (dry) is 40 more than superbikes add up to wet and full of fuel. high weight repairs the weight ratio.

Rounding out the spec sheet is the 61-inch a full 5.4 inches longer superbikes like Piaggio’s own RSV4.

Didn’t I say this was one of the nicest handling bikes out Oh yeah, that’s thanks to one facet of Guzzi’s awkward archetype — a longitudinal crank. it doesn’t spin forwards, the engine reciprocal inertia to with steering speed and the Griso benefits from of the purest steering feedback out

Combined with its fat power and unflappable stability, that feel transforms the Griso a real weapon on real-world

2013 Moto Guzzi 8V SE

Hop on the Griso in town and you couldn’t be impressed with it. The high low seat, wide bars and torque reaction — it jerks to the right when you twist the – lead to significant awkwardness out of your driveway, turning 90 corners or trying to fit between

Things get a little better on the but the drastically long reach to the wide bars splays out torso and arms in an awkward manner that makes checks difficult and limits distance ability.

It’s not the Griso is going to win any drag 80 lb.-ft. isn’t bad from an 1,151 cc V-twin, but it’s 13 behind the latest air/water-cooled BMW and has to motivate a lot of weight for such a bike.

Nor does the powertrain lend to being thrashed. The two huge feel very heavy and are to alter their inertia — up or in speed — the gearbox is clunky, gears and jerking heavily if you a clutchless shift and the shaft just accentuates those with its own heavy inertia and nature.

No, it’s not until you yourself on a road with 3rd and 4th sweepers that the Griso can its true character. Learn to shift, riding the engine’s torque curve rather chasing high revs, and smooths out. You can leave much later than you can on other performance bikes, them heavily to the apex in thanks to that abundant

The wide bars make the thing over into effortless, then the long holds your chosen with utter poise and Right here, in these there’s no better bike.

2013 Moto Guzzi 8V SE

What’s Good

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

Italian draws stares and compliments everyone — non-riding fashionistas, road pirates, squids and café snobs.

Longitudinal + good suspension + 17 inch and sport tires = amazing

All the classic Guzzi character in a modern package that leave you stranded on the side of the

Outstanding finish and build the Griso feels much than its $12,690 price

2013 Moto Guzzi 8V SE in action.

What’s Bad

Heavy, and awkward in traffic.

Strung-out position is uncomfortable.

Pegs a little too low for really riding.

Torque reaction is and can make splitting through gaps a hair raising

Ultimately not that fast, but not applicable anywhere but a good road.

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