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MORINI GRANPASSO 1200 (2008-on) Review

Published: 01 July 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Morini's answer to the R1200GS is one of the most fun adventure bikes your can buy – if only the company was as helathy"

Moto Morini Granpasso

"Morini's answer to the R1200GS is one of the most fun adventure bikes your can buy – if only the company was as helathy"

  • At a glance
  • 1187cc  -  118 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  210 miles range
  • Insurance group: 15 of 17
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  • High seat height (870mm)
  • New: £10,729

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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 & Brakes 3 out of 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.  

Engine 5 out of 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.      

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £10,729
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 118 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 210 miles
Engine size 1187cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled V-twin
Frame type Steel trellis frame
Fuel capacity 27 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 210kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2008.

Other versions

Granpasso H83 (lowered version)

Owners' Reviews

2 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.

Review your MORINI GRANPASSO 1200 (2008-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

A hidden gem

11 October 2016 by Jez

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brembo brakes ( non ABS on my 2013) and huge discs bring it to rest easily. Massively adjustable Ohlins shock is great.
5 out of 5
The star of the show - torquey, revvy, its everything a GS isn't. Awesome. KTM comes closest but isn't as hairy-chested.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Dash unit can be a bit temperamental
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5


11 January 2011 by yaxireaper

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

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