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Moto Guzzi Griso, anyone had one?

Discussion in 'General Classic Motorcycle Discussion' started by Fast Eddie, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

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    I know they've been around for a few years now, but I recently saw someone on a Griso and thought what a fine bike it looked. Lovely big engine, nice deep V twin rumble purring away without rattles etc, nice riding position, and when he decided to go, it went very well!

    Got me thinking it might not be a bad choice of modern bike. I do tend to find modern bikes 'dull' after a little while.

    Has anyone got any feedback on the Griso?
     
  2. Rohan

    Rohan

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    Sat on one at a motor show someplace, and the first thing that struck me was how widely splayed out my knees were.
    Didn't seem like much wiggle room or alternate positions either.
    Uncomfortable, even just for a minute or 2.

    YMMV, but sit on one before you buy. ?
    And I've had a guzzi before....
     
  3. speirmoor

    speirmoor VIP MEMBER

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    Just saw this now but figured I'd chime in anyway. I had a Tenni briefly. Looks great and very comfortable. Definitely not a city bike with stop & go traffic as the fueling acts up once the bike gets hot. Dont leave it idling unattended as it can creep off the sidestand and tip over. Early models need the roller tappets upgrade. Spark plug wires must be upgraded. Starter circuit must be upgraded or carry plenty spare fuses. I bought a special stand for maintenance which is a pain.
     
  4. Craig

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    Yes , I own and ride a 2007 Griso 1100 .... This is 3rd year of ownership ... for me the lowly plain Jane version was the ticket ... no tappet issues , mag wheels ( no spokes) and buy in was very reasonable .... got the Griso from bankrupt dealer in Quebec ... he had added a MG fly screen and a GPR slip on silencer .... came with 6000 kms , got 22000 now .... have had zero issues of any kind , even allows me to turn service light in dash off ( Ducati wants a dealer visit) .... May be easiest bike to maintain ever , for me .... on the road it continues to surprise ... nice taut ride with ample lean angles available , one of best open road bikes ever , just terrific on secondary back roads ... suspension is adjustable 3 ways both ends , real nice full floating brembo brakes both ends ( same as my Duc) no ABS which hasn’t been a problem ... no centre stand only gripe as my shed space is limited ... for service I simply tie bike down and use bottle jack with 2x6 interference pad ... have had both wheels off simultainiously for tire changes , no problem .... also the 1100 has none of the fueling issues of the 1200 bikes , works great right out of the box .... supposed to put +/- 78hp to rear wheel and that all I need .... have no plans of ever parting with my black Griso .... Have considered parting with both the Duc ST3s and Commando on more than one occasion .... the Griso 1100 is a great all round bike with gobs of character for bargain prices these days , usually the bike I head to first for a day out ....
    Craig
     
  5. Craig

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    Should have read first post more carefully .... didn’t realize it was so outdated , oh well ... love to brag bout the Griso whenever I can , so few MG’s around my part of Canada , Griso always draws a crowd asking what is that , it looks really cool !!
     
  6. Fast Eddie

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    ‘‘Twas I who asked the original question.

    In the end I went for an R nine T, but sold it recently.

    Maybe the Guzzi would’ve been a better bet...?
     
  7. Craig

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    Like I say above very happy with the Griso 1100 ... plus it fit my retirement budget ... I have no thoughts on BMW , only experience with R nine T was passing one that was 2 up ( didn’t look very comfortable ) sounded good ... just never really warmed up to their bikes .... Griso is just so full of fun , hard not to like even with all it’s funny/odd details .... one of best on the road bikes I have ridden without a doubt ....stopped production in 2015 those in the know say some unsold units being re-dated to be sold as new .... glad I found the older version 1100 , easy to live with , and a real bargain at the time ....
    Craig
     
  8. Time Warp

    Time Warp .......back to the 70's. VIP MEMBER

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    I don't know if the Griso is in the range but cam/follower failure on the older 8V bikes is well known (Except by Moto Guzzi it seems)

    It might be OK after 2012, the follower face is DLC coated, the coating breaks down destroying both the cam lobe and follower face, all the debri is then free to do as it wishes.
    There were kits to convert from that flat follower to rollerised.
    There will be plenty of the older bikes out there with the flat follower so perhaps a case of buyer beware, an internet search would be advisable at the least to identify which models.
     
  9. Craig

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    Yes , thought I had mentioned that issue .... I think any of the 8V built in 2014 and later are fine ... the 1100 4V engine like the engine in my Griso were not affected , just the 8V ... in fact MG did acknowledge the issue and would provide a rollerization kit to Dealer to install at owners expense .... guess they figured a 50/50 split was fair ... from all reports the kit does the job and all factory rollerized bikes seem trouble free in that respect .... my message was about what a great road bike the Griso 1100 4V is , and that they are available for much less $ than the newer 1200 8V models ....
    Craig