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The Moto Guzzi Griso 8v is potent

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The best-looking of the past couple of years for me has not some high-performance superbike, race replica, upmarket or hand-built special, but it was at least Moto Guzzi’s Griso life as an improbable concept turned to reality following pressure from potential and the old but turbulent factory found time to attend to a host of details while remaining to the concept’s basic theme.

year’s Euro emissions have done for the Griso’s engine, however, so for the coming the slickly styled bike is with a new motor, and despite the inevitable transverse-cylinder, 90-degree air-cooled format, it’s more sophisticated than Importantly, the bike has gained 21 in the process, up to 108bhp.

Would this mean a loss of low-rev torque to it, so important to the Griso’s character and nature? A switch from two to valves per cylinder — the Griso’s 8v suffix — so leads to a peakier power anyway, but there’s no need to because the replacement engine gains capacity, up from to 1,151cc, achieved by lengthening the and leaving the bore alone.

As as you pull away, it’s the low- and mid-range torque are and the engine feels much the as before in terms of how hard it only there’s a crisper, edge to it that improves the around town and lends it a feel on open roads. But not until you’re revving the hard — 6,000rpm is for a big twin of this nature that the power hike into effect, and at this the Guzzi kicks you up to and beyond its peak. It’s fast to be exhilarating here, although the levels rise to intrude at and essentially it gives you

an extra dimension to the bike’s with no obvious consequential

There are other changes from the 563 new components in the engine, amounts to 75 per cent of the total, The exceptionally wide bars of the Griso are narrower but still enough to take a little used to, while the footrests are higher and farther back and the is reshaped to be more comfortable, seems to work.

There’s a new colour in addition to the black, the discs are trendy wave-edged — no real technical but they look interesting and the silencer has an odd Siamese appearance, to achieve a figure-eight end cross Oh, and you also get some tacky 8v

The rest is as it was, which outstanding steering at low and high not fast but precisely neutral and so the bike sweeps and flows twisty roads and around hairpins effortlessly, until you try to it when those bars ask for muscular input. You could go places on the Griso as well as use it although the 3.7-gallon tank is rather mean.

The bike is finished, though, and Guzzi is good these days, but the back-up is still patchy. It great too, with the curves of that exhaust the left side, the mechanical of oil cooler, motor and transmission on the right and the slender tank atop the fat twin frame

This is Guzzi — and design generally — at its

Moto Guzzi V 75

Moto Guzzi Griso 8v

Price/availability: £7,400 approx on the On sale November. Contact: 01293 823890, .

1,151cc, V-twin four-… eight valves; 121bhp at 58lb ft of torque at 6,000rpm. gearbox, shaft final

Performance: top speed 145mph, fuel consumption n/a.

We Engine, style, easy to

We don’t like: Spares high-rev vibes.

Alternatives: Tuono R Fighter, £8,025. BMW £8,295. Buell XB125 £7,745. Ducati Monster £7,995. Yamaha MT-O1,

Moto Guzzi V 75
Moto Guzzi V 75
Moto Guzzi V 75
Moto Guzzi V 75

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