Hidden beneath the cases, a beefed up, stiffened crankshaft and oil jet cooled pistons. Two new coaxial, gear-driven oil pumps reduce engine bulk and provide improved lubrication for a smooth running, dependable power plant. Cooling fins have been aligned to better dissipate engine heat with the passing airflow. All of this mechanical wizardry culminates in a beautiful, all-business, two-into-one exhaust system that proudly carries the famous Guzzi growl.
The transmission is a smooth six-speed gearbox working in concert with a single-plate clutch. The massive single-sided swingarm contains a drive shaft for smooth delivery of power to the rear wheel and provides ease of maintenance over a chain final drive. Rear suspension is courtesy of a fully adjustable mono shock with remote gas reservoir. The front end utilizes fully adjustable 43mm Showa upside-down forks now with carbon nitride treatment to better soak up road irregularities.
Abundant stopping power arrives in the form of top shelf Brembo 4-piston brake calipers, which are radial-mounted and grab dual floating 320mm wave rotors. The rear wheel is slowed via a Brembo 2-piston caliper mated to a 282mm disc.The Griso is the latest example of Moto Guzzi's continuing devotion to creating beautiful motorcycles with a penchant for performance, comfort, and a respect for all Moto Guzzis that have come before.
Like all Moto Guzzis, the new Griso 1200 8V is a highly exclusive, genuinely original motorcycle reserved for the most discerning and passionate enthusiast looking for authentic riding pleasure.
This stellar motorcycle, available in striking Guzzi Black or a stunning Moon White, promises not only to please the devoted Moto Guzzi aficionado, but is destined to attract an entirely new rider into this most rarefied and sanctified world.
Scheduled to reach dealerships in July, the Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V will be priced at $14,290 .
About Moto Guzzi and Piaggio Group Americas
For more than 85 years, Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of world's most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. The company was founded in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello del Lario, Italy, where the motorcycles are still manufactured today. Moto Guzzi has notched up no fewer than 3,300 racing wins including 14 world GP titles, 22 world records and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins in the course of its long history.
In December 2004 Moto Guzzi became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe's leading manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world's most recognized and respected names in motorcycle and scooter production.
With approximately 7,000 employees, approximately 708,500 vehicles sold in 2007, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and operations in over 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated leadership in the European 2 wheeler market. Its production includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands.
For more information on Moto Guzzi's complete U.S. model line, visit www.motoguzzi-us.com