Moto-Guzzi Griso 1200 Bike Overview
A roadster with personality, the Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 gave Moto Guzzi a much needed shot in the arm against its competitors. Artfully designed, it is not only attractive but performs likes a dream. If you are looking for a bike that is a blend of style and functionality, they do not come any better than the Griso.
The hallmark of the company has been its transverse V-Twin engine which has thankfully received a much needed overhaul. The addition of a shaft drive with four valve heads places it at par with the best. However, we fear it could do with a bit more torque to make it a bit perkier. In terms of road handling, it is flexible and responsive.
The braking is good and the ride decent thanks to its quality braking and excellent suspension. Despite its chunky size, the weight has been ideally stabilised and been kept low with the steering light. Its long wheelbase does not really place it in the class of a sportster, but it is just the right kind of roadster to hop on to and cruise the highlands.
With Marzocchi suspensions and Brembo wheel and brake package the bike is top notch. One of the highlights of the Moto Guzzi Griso is its sheer quality that is a definite step-up from the previous bikes produced by the company. The finish is impeccable with every single bit glistening and perfectly designed. In terms of reliability the bike gets full points with no major complaints yet.
Take a look at the Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 in action…
Moto-Guzzi Griso 1200 Bike Spec
- Top speed127mph
- Average fuel consumption34mpg
- Seat height800mm
- EngineV twin, 8V
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A firm seat but not uncomfortable on a journey , worth going on the Guzzi forum for suspension settings.
Speedo misting and indicator wiring problems but mechanically good , never let me down
No abs but good brakes
Once you've mastered the gear changes its smooth , you need to line the bike up in corners as its still a big bike but handles well
110 hp is enough for real world , plenty of v twin grunt and likes to rev.
Cheap to insure. Low 30s to the gallon not great, parts look expensive but I haven't needed any. Shaft drive a bonus.
With most of the mass being carried down low, the Griso is stable and flickable, capable of removing the 'chicken strips' from your tyres and great fun to ride. As you would anticipate, there are some vibes from the big twin, but the torque reaction when you blip the throttle is addictive and makes you forget the tingling feeling.
There are more powerful bikes on the market, but at about 110bhp and 90lb ft of torque, it is more than capable of losing your license for you or ploughing out of a corner like an amphetamine fueled bull.
The lack of a centre stand and touring equipment is a drawback.
Beautifully detailed and reliable, though mine has had the cables to the starter motor upgraded
The Brembo brakes give good feel and remain nicely progressive when used. The rear is particularly good at allowing you to scrub off speed in a corner without any drama if you get carried away with your entry.