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2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 8v Se

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When most people think Italian bikes, they think Ducati, maybe Aprilia, but Moto Guzzi has been making bikes for longer than both of those brands, and decided to celebrate their 90 years of motorcycle production with this bike, the 2013 Moto Guzzio 8V SE.

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Attached to that 90-deegree V-twin, is a great looking 2-into-1 exhaust header into a unique looking left side mounted muffler. It’s got a great rumble to it, and sends the goods through a 6-speed transmission, with single plate clutch, to a shaft final-drive and a 17-inch rear wheel with a 180 tire.

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Classic Italian Styling

The Griso 8V SE might well be one of the most unique and captivating motorcycles to come out of the Mandello Del Lario factory. The bold character expressed in the nonconformist styling of the Griso is given further emphasis by the aggressive new black/silver color concept in a matte tone that flows elegantly with the numerous black painted metal elements such as the frame, wheels, steering plates, handlebar and instrument panel covers.

Styling is based on historic Guzzi race bikes of the past, with satin green paint, spoke wheels, and brown leather tush cushion. It looks long and low, almost like a power cruiser, but riding position is more in sport-bike territory with low bars and high pegs. The tank is very long and holds 4.5-gallons, and the bike’s tubular steel frame wraps around it, not under it.

The look might be throwback, but when it comes to riding, it’s all modern naked bike. There’s no wind protection of any kind to dull the sense of speed, so when you’re going fast, you know it which is easy to do with all of the torque being pumped out of this 488-pound retro-rocket. 3RD, 4TH, 5TH gear, doesn’t really matter, just whack the throttle and off you go.

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Engine

The Moto Guzzi Griso SE features the latest transverse 90° V-twin from the “Quattrovalvole” series and produces a peak power of 110 hp at just 7500 rpm with a whopping 108Nm of torque at 6400 rpm allowing the Griso SE to dominate the road with a smooth power delivery whilst the outstanding chassis keeps all those horses in check.

 

Suspension

The suspension is fully adjustable both front and rear and gives a firm, well controlled ride. It’s quick to turn in and feels plenty stable throughout corners, with good front end feel. The overall drive-train is very smooth, with an easy to modulate clutch; and there’s no awkward feels from the shaft drive.

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Brakes

Brakes are by Brembo, with radial mounted 4-piston calipers up front, and they work great almost feeling like overkill at times.

Gauges are easily read at speed, with a large digital info display with big speedometer numbers, ambient temperature readout, and even a lap timer, with a trigger on the left hand grip. Mirrors are wide enough to be very useful. The kick stand is mounted at the front of the engine, and is very far forward, which took a little getting used to.

Despite its rich motorcycle history, or maybe because of it, Moto Guzzi’s sales numbers have never been huge, especially here in the States. But, if you’re that passionate enthusiast looking for a unique bike that has lots of style and performance, that’s not a cruiser, then the Griso 8V SE might just be your cup of espresso

Features of the Moto Guzzi Griso 8v Se

ENGINE

  • Type Four-stroke V 90 twin
  • Cooling Air and oil cooled with independent cooling pump
  • Capacity 1,151cc
  • Bore and stroke 95 x 81.2 mm
  • Compression ratio 11:01
  • Maximum power output Over 110 hp at 7,500 rpm
  • Max Torque 80 foot pounds at 6,400 rpm
  • Fuel supply/ignition Multipoint sequential electronic injection, Magneti Marelli IAW 5A phased, alfa-n system; 2 x Ø50 mm throttle bodies with Weber IWP 189 injectors, Lambda probe.
  • Exhaust system Stainless steel two-into-one 3-way catalysed with Lambda probe.

TRANSMISSION

  • Gearbox 6 speed
  • Lubrication Oil bath
  • Final drive CA.R.C reactive drive; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3,666
  • Clutch Single plate with integrated flexible couplings

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

  • Frame High tensile steel tubular twin cradle
  • Wheelbase 61 inches (1,554 mm)
  • Trail 4.25 inches (108 mm)
  • Steering rake 26.30°
  • Steering angle. 34°
  • Front suspension Upside down Ø 43 mm fully adjustable forks (spring preload and hydraulic for rebound and compression) with mounting for radial callipers.
  • Front wheel travel 120 mm
  • Rear suspension Progressive single swingarm, fully adjustable monoshock with separate gas reservoir (spring preload and hydraulic for rebound and compression).
  • Rear wheel travel 110 mm
  • Front brakes Twin floating 320 mm stainless steel wave discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 opposed pistons.
  • Rear brakes Single 282 mm fixed stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons.
  • Wheels Tubeless spoke wheels with aluminium Ber rim and Alpina spokes.
  • Front wheel 3.50″ x 17″
  • Rear wheel 5.50″ x 17″
  • Front tire 120/70 ZR17″
  • Rear tire 180/55 ZR17″

DIMENSIONS

  • Length 89 inches (2,260 mm)
  • Width 32.6 inches (830 mm)
  • Height 42.12 inches (1,070 mm)
  • Saddle height 31.4 inches (800 mm)
  • Minimum ground clearance 7.28 inches (185 mm)
  • Dry weight 489 pounds (222 kg)
  • Fuel tank capacity 4.4 gallons (16.7 litres)
  • Reserve .5 gallon

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Price

The price of the 2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 8v Se is to be expected with any “special edition” motorcycle that usually comes with a special addition to the price tag, but the Griso 8V SE doesn’t seem that bad with $12,690 on the bottom line.

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Review overview
Classic, but Modern Italian Design
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