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.