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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

After seemingly decades in the doldrums Moto Guzzi is back with a strikingly styled, well built roadster that’s a match for the best from anywhere. As an objet d’art the beautifully designed and finished Griso is eye-catchingly stunning. As a motorcycle, it’s fun, functional and pretty much as cool as it gets…

 

Watch the Moto Guzzi Griso take on the Harley-Davidson XR1200R and the Ducati GT1000

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Moto Guzzi Griso 1100's trademark transverse V-twin has at last moved on technologically. Latest shaft drive system and four valve heads result in an almost BMW boxer style unit. It’s flexible, friendly and versatile. Why almost? Because it’s still overweight and lacking outright power.More powerful, peaky 1200 8v version introduced in 2007.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Decent enough. The Moto Guzzi Griso's top notch suspension and brakes front and rear give a classy ride and with the weight mostly low it’s stable yet steers sweetly. Pleaseant enough as a roadster but long wheelbase means its no Brutale or Speed Triple-style sportster.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi Griso's Brembo wheels, brakes and Marzocchi suspension are among the quality cycle parts and the Griso is not lacking sweet deisgn touches or refinement, but as a naked, this is still a fairly basic motorcycle.

Moto Guzzi 1100/1200 Griso (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,432
Used price range View Moto Guzzi GRISO 1100 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1064 cc
Power 91 bhp
Top speed 127 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Build quality of the Moto Guzzi Griso is quantum leap forwards from Guzzis of the last 10 years or so. Paint and metal finishes gleam and glisten, neat design touches (such as the Guzzi Eagle emblem moulded into the rear light) abound. Reliability should be better too. No particular complaints have come to light yet – but it’s still early days…

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Considering the spec, the Moto Guzzi Griso is pretty good value new and used, especially compared to the likes of overpriced BMWs and the ludicrously expensive Yamaha MT-01. Find a Moto Guzzi 1100 for sale or Moto Guzzi 1200 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2005: Moto Guzzi Griso launched in November.
2007: 1200cc 8v version introduced.
2011: Griso 8V priced at £9,574, Griso SE priced at £9,874

Other Versions

850 version is available in Europe but not in the UK

Specifications

Top speed 127 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Max power 91 bhp
Max torque 70 ft-lb
Weight 227 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 17.2 litres
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1064 cc
Engine specification 8v transverse V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(4 reviews)

  • Exhausting

    pearlyblue

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Changed the standard exhuast for a Termignoni,wow what a difference transformed this bike,and lost weight in the process,not too loud but stop it shuntting in town,probably cos i can hear it:)Love the machine watched its production and enjoy riding it.

    04 April 2009

  • Superb

    gizzabreak

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Now, I understand what people mean when they talk about Italian bike character. It's an old tech air cooled twin-not particularly powerful or comfortable but yet every time I sit astride this superb machine I feel like a million dollars and it really does bring me tears of sheer joy riding it on my favourite roads. I've been riding mostly Japanese multi's for over 25 years now and after this, I cannot see myself going back. Emotional review but then, isn't riding a bike supposed to be all about that ?

    22 January 2008

  • Almost But Not Quite

    marty1035

    NZ

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Just sold a black 2006 model. Loved the styling and the bike is packed with features and is extremely well made (apart from clocks that mist up), but unfortunately the bike has rock hard suspension that I couldn't seem to adjust differently, a riding position that only works over short distances. It's too heavy, too slow and the shaft drive is way too clunky and abrupt. This is a bike that sells on looks rather than how it actually works in the real world.

    30 August 2007

  • Grab-a-Griso!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    The Griso 1100 is a surprising package; visually you will either love or loathe the overall styling, but indifference is unlikely! The handling is much better than the long wheelbase suggests - Slow steering, but planted and well able to give a good account of itself in the twisties and on long sweepers. The Griso comes equipped with full-on sports rubber - some have said overkill: I have out-cornered a good few sports bikes and wet weather performance seems good too. The engine has sufficient grunt to entertain, but does feel strained at higher motorway speeds.The lower gearing means that the Griso seems to be working harder than it should, but isn't unpleasant. The mid-range is dandy and the high torque gives good shove below 90mph.The gearbox is the equal of many and the re-designed shaft drive, at least in my opinion is unobtrusive and shouldn't put you off. A small fly screen is offerd for the Griso - get one. It makes a considerable difference on the motorway or fast A roads; I'm 6ft 5 and pretty powerful(!) but can honestly cruise at 90mph+ for considerable distances, thanks to that bit of perspex! Also have a high level 'Mistral' can - Loadsa weight saving and a cracking sound. I can report that my Griso has done an indicated 128mph(The same as I got out of an MT-01) and is capable enough at 110-115mph Tank range is reasonable - say 110-115 miles, with some feisty riding.Did a trip to France (They LOVED the Griso!) and simply refuelled when convenient. We aren't talking tourer, but certainly not super-moto!. This bike can be more than just a posing pouch. Comfort? Great seat, 'ish' footpeg position: slightly rearset would you believe (Italian cars share creative ergonomics too!). Overall a good-looking, fun package, just be sure to get a demo. The Griso gets better with time and affection....

    (Written by: ROBBIE61)

    12 August 2007

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Grizzly Griso

I've got a black 2008 Griso 1100. Wot an Awesome package, I've get a huge grin every time I ride it. A real head turner. It's got Sports bike suspension and brakes. It handles superb, like it's on rails. I fitted a Mistral High level can which sounds wicked. The engine's got bucket loads of grunt, plus the Griso's got loads of stunning features. Guzzi have really taken a big leap with this naked muscle bruiser.

21 November 2009 23:39

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