MOTO-GUZZI GRISO 1200 (2005-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A strikingly styled, well built roadster that's a match for the best from anywhere"

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"A strikingly styled, well built roadster that's a match for the best from anywhere"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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…

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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…

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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 group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI GRISO 1200 (2005-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI GRISO 1200 (2005-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.6 out of 5
Engine 3.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.8 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

16 June 2015 by peter

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
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4 out of 5

Exhausting

04 April 2009 by pearlyblue

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... Read more it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Superb

22 January 2008 by gizzabreak

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... Read more 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 ?

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Almost But Not Quite

30 August 2007 by marty1035

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Grab-a-Griso!

12 August 2007 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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....

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £10,432
Used price £5,700 to £11,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 91 bhp
Max torque 70 ft-lb
Top speed 127 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 1064cc
Engine type 8v transverse V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 17.2 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 227kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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

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