MORINI GRANPASSO 1200 (2008 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled V-twin|
|Frame type||Steel trellis frame|
|Fuel capacity||27 litres|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Fully adjustable|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||35 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||-|
15 of 17
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||118 bhp|
|Max torque||77 ft-lb|
|Top speed||145 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||210 miles|
Model history & versions
Model introduced in 2008.
Granpasso H83 (lowered version)
Owners' reviews for the MORINI GRANPASSO 1200 (2008 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their MORINI GRANPASSO 1200 (2008 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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If you're a worrier...go elsewhere but accept you've missed a 'proper' italian specimen.
I don't know what MCN were riding to reflect the testers comments but it wasn't a Granpasso. Need to run Dunlop Roadsmart 3's front & rear & lift footrests as always on the deck. Braking is top notch, as you'd expect.
A monster that needs a Mark Bruin remap to realise true manageability & stop the random low rev stalling that earlier models suffered from. 54mm throttle bodies dictate you hold on proper.....or they may ingest YOU😳!!
Knocked 1 off for unsealable tubeless tyre/rim arrangement...definitely didn't think that one through!
Unquantifiable as this is a very different animal to an everyday ride. It can be used everyday if desired but the servicing tasks effectively fall on the owner as dealer network is non-existent but if it wasn't, the service costs would be stiff I feel. I've owned mine from new, it now has 55,000 miles on it and goes the same as Day 1. But...a twin timing chain replacement by any dealer would require you sell your granny!!
All you need standard as riding a GP just needs a proper wrist. No electronic BS fitted...none reqd!
Buying experience: Stuart at the now closed NLM was The Man for decades. I paid £10600 OTR in May 2009 with a factory pannier kit. And the bike, luggage and me & wifey have given Europe a good go every year since (The Vid accepted of course). More recently..Ben Wylie of MotoHub is the man to go to and excellent!
underestimated superb bike with build quality ahead of competition, low weight, huge tank, good parts, brilliant steel frame and looks that stand out without being overboard.
Comfy, well set up and easy to improve if wanted to, can go everywhere road or off it with ease without using any electronic aids just your wrist. Done just over 2000 miles in 23 hours and my bum was still fresh and willing to do more
Effortless and easy to handle by the wrist which I like, don't need to be revved to go, but if revved then you get the push. Engine clime revs with ease and effortlessly which makes you feel good on tarmac and off road.
No corrosion, no failures, most parts can get from other brands
Bike makes you feel like it is built by enthusiasts not business people
Heated grips as standard, big tank 27 litres, comfy seat for 2, anti hopping, frame that will still be good decades later.
A big torquey super moto/tourer, its all about the engine ( made in house) and excellent balance. Rare in the UK but parts easily obtainable and servicing from the ex-dealer network. Goes like a train, nimble as a ballerina. I tried many GS's (felt detached from the road), KTM Adventure 1190 (not bad) and a Multistrada (engine felt thin) before buying. I owned a Scrambler by Morini before (same engine) and only sold it as the pegs were too high for me.
Brembo brakes ( non ABS on my 2013) and huge discs bring it to rest easily. Massively adjustable Ohlins shock is great.
The star of the show - torquey, revvy, its everything a GS isn't. Awesome. KTM comes closest but isn't as hairy-chested.
Dash unit can be a bit temperamental
Ohlins shock, excel rims, brembo...specced well. I have heated grips, a slipper clutch and two Givi hard luggage.
Buying experience: I bought mine used from the factory, imported it myself and registered it with the DVLA
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