Skip to content

Morini GRANPASSO 1200 Adventure Motorbike Review

Find By Make/Model

1 of 4
Moto Morini Granpasso
Click to enlarge
Previous image Next image

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

This is Moto Morini’s answer to the BMW R1200GS. The Italian-built machine, which is powered by a big, booming V-twin motor has a 19” front wheel for off-road action and a roomy riding position, but it’s very racy. Instant acceleration is akin to a big supermoto and with its firm, top-quality suspension it’s agile and stable in the corners. It’s not the comfiest, but it’s one of the most fun adventure bikes your can buy. One of the only drawbacks, which is a pretty big one, is the current health of the troubled Moto Morini company.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Granpasso is powered by a 118bhp liquid-cooled, 1187cc, 87° V-twin engine with six gears. It sounds great, is packed with loads of low-down grunt and cruising along at 90mph motorways speeds the motor purrs along at 5000rpm. It has lots of outright get-up-and-go, enough to make the Granpasso feel more like a sportsbike.      

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Although roomy, the combination of hard seat and firm suspension means you’ll be stopping for respite long before the fuel runs out in the big 27-litre tank. Handling is good, but the suspension is on the firm side for the road. With its off-road-style 19” front wheel and dual purpose tyres it’s not as sure-footed as a machine with dedicated road tyres and a 17” front wheel.  


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

You get a lot of top-notch kit for your money, like Excel rims, Brembo brakes, a fully-adjustable Ohlins rear shock and 50mm Marzocchi forks. You also get a multi-function dash and a huge 27-litre fuel tank. Compare and buy parts for the Granpasso in the MCN Shop.

Moto Morini Granpasso (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,729
Engine size 1187 cc
Power 118 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Build quality is very good and we’ve heard no horror stories about reliability. We’ve knocked a point off for the question mark over parts availability from the struggling firm.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

You get a lot of bike for your money here, it’s fast, good looking, well-equipped and exclusive. It ticks most of the boxes, but with the future of Moto Morini still in the balance you’ll have to really want a Granpasso to risk spending over ten grand on one. Find a Moto Morini Granpasso for sale.


Insurance group: 15 of 17

Compare motorcycle insurance quotes now

Model History

Model introduced in 2008.

Other Versions

Granpasso H83 (lowered version)


Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 118 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Weight 210 kg
Seat height 870 mm
Fuel capacity 27 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1187 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled V-twin
Frame Steel trellis frame
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes Brembo twin-piston caliper, 2 x 298mm discs
Rear brake Twin piston caliper, 255mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 19in
Rear tyre size 150/70 17in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • awesome


    Average rating rating is 5

    Show Details

    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Don't buy this bike if you don't like people gawping and asking questions. Faster than my 1050 speed triple i previously owned ,comfy riding/pillion position. sounds fantastic, not to loud ,you will grin.7thou service interval regardless of time .oozing quality components. very well built/hand made.very reliable not let me down yet .negative points 1 or 2 minor niggles like any other bike ,fuel reserve light & leaky tyre valves.lots of common parts,only exclusive bits might be tricky getting hold of in future if MM go under . MM has been in never never land of liquidation for over 16 months.but will surly be a classic bike .Highly recommended

    11 January 2011


Discuss this

Add your comment

User's Badge



Moto Morini have now been saved and are under new management yah! 2011 . Not that MCN know ,they are still reporting MM as a defunct brand.I would have thought it was worth a mention in their paper, It being a NEWS! paper about Motorcycles!.

11 October 2011 21:38

Most popular

Rate my bike