2012 Moto Guzzi Griso

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2012 Moto Guzzi Griso

2012 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE


The Italian-made Moto Guzzi Griso is as unique looking as a cycle can get. The cold starts of the Guzzi V-twin takes some time to get to know but once acquainted a powerful engine and a comfortable ride will make for a good long term relationship. The 2012 Griso is made in Italy and was first introduced in 2006. It comes standard with a 1151-cc, 90-degree, pushrod, V-twin engine and a six-speed transmission. It also boasts front dual hydraulic disc brakes that will securely stop this motorcycle on a dime.

The 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso is sure to turn heads. Sporting impressive Italian design the 2012 Griso embodies Moto Guzzi’s classic proportions along with a modern style. Part cruiser, part standard upright, and part sportbike, the naked Griso is unusual to say the least. Available only as the 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE, and only as an Omobono Tenni special edition (one of Moto Guzzi’s most successful racers), Moto Guzzi may have made its most eye-catching bike yet.

The 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso encourages a riding stance somewhere between that of an upright and a sportbike. A rider’s body tends to lean over the engine, while the footpegs take a slightly set-back position much like higher, racing-style pegs. This position is ideal for leveraging the Griso’s wide handlebars and for creating a frontend geometry perfectly suited for sweeping turns and canyon corners. As a result of its cruiser and upright design influences, the 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso is entirely suited for slow speeds as well. The wide handlebars provide excellent steering with only the slightest of touch required to shift direction. But don’t mistake the Griso for a slow speed, boulevard cruiser; this Italian steed possesses handling which would shame many sportbikes. Adding to its superb handling in canyons and back roads, the Moto Guzzi emits a continuous and distinctive sonorous growl which agreeably completes the Griso’s character.

While exceptionally comfortable to ride, low-frequency vibrations, and that extended stretch to reach the bars make this a short-trip bike for all but the most dedicated riding enthusiasts. Vertically challenged riders may find the reach to the handlebars a tad too far. Older riders may find the aggressive riding position too much for their lower back during long stints. Because the kickstand is positioned so far forward, accidental shifts while operating the stand may occur.

Thanks to its unique styling, the 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso continues to be a well-respected bike among serious riders.

New For 2012
  • New four-valve heads increase compression ratio to 11.1:1
  • Standard tubeless tires wrapped in striking wheels which include aluminum
  • Ber rims and Alpina spokes.
  • A Tenni edition saddle, upholstered in premium brown leather with visible stitching, is included for 2012.

2012 Moto Guzzi Griso Specs

  • Model: 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
  • Engine Type: 1151-cc, 90-degree Pushrod V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.74 inches and 3.2 inches
  • Compression ratio: 11:1:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Air/oil cooling
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual six-speed
  • Final Drive: Compact reactive Cardan shaftdrive (CARC), double universal joint with floating bevel gear
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons, 0.5 gallon reserve
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Twin-floating 12.5-inch stainless steel disc, radial caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 11.1-inch stainless steel disc, floating caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Upside down, 1.6-inch fork adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload
  • Suspension (Rear): Progressive single swing arm, monoshock with separate gas reservoir adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload
  • Wheelbase: 61.2 inches
  • Rake: 34 degrees
  • Trail: 4.25 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 488 pounds (dry)
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • TomTom Rider navigation system provides text- and voice-guided directions and comes with an easy-to-install mounting kit. A 3.5-inch color-screen displays 3D and 2D images and comes with all U.S. maps preloaded onto a memory card.
  • Semi-rigid pannier kit includes a pair of semi-rigid fabric bags with quick release via Fast Click Key, metal frame mounts, and a heat-sealed rain cover.
  • An available powder-painted, steel service stand, used in conjunction with the standard fitted kickstand, easily lifts the Griso for servicing. Robust nylon wheels are included. The stand allows for Griso storage with rear wheel off the ground and also for easy rear tire changes.
  • Large and small tank-bags designed for use with the Griso carrier. Made of nylon and PVC, tank-bags also come with a rain cover.
  • A sport tail-bag provides maximum load capacity; made of Nylon and PVC; attaches via four adjustable straps; and includes an ergonomic carrying handle.
  • A Touring tail-bag provides maximum load capacity; made of Nylon and PVC; attaches via four adjustable straps; does not include an ergonomic carrying handle.
  • A windshield kit designed made of polycarbonate and carries both TUV and DOT approval. Adjustable and includes brushed steel supports which complement the Griso’s design.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso

  • BMW R1200R
  • Harley-Davidson XR1200X
  • Ducati GT1000
  • Triumph Speed Triple ABS
  • Honda CB1000R

Available Griso Sub Models

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