Moto Guzzi Griso 1100

a very handy all-rounder that is well up for a bit of a scrap
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£7490
Available from
2006
Most of the time the big, long Guzzi was improbably well balanced and even respectably nimble
Feels quite long and heavy at slow speed and you'll need a long left leg to reach the sidestand
Better looking than the concept bike that spawned it, Guzzi's bruiser is sportier than you'd think

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In real world motorcycling the bike is a true classic in the making and nothing like it on the market!!!

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Submitted by 5thtimelucky on Tue, 14/10/2008 - 12:13

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A really exciting, fast(ish) and original looking bike that simply makes you want to get on it and ride.

Strengths

The engine gives great initial acceleration and has a powerful mid-range,ideal for overtaking. The noise is awesome especially when a sports pipe is fitted and always draws admiring glances from other bikers. The gearbox is slick by Italian standards and the riding position all day comfortable. Most impressive and unique are the asthetics as the bike is really eye catching, original and quite stunning.

Weaknesses

The Guzzi panniers are a bit small for touring purposes but provide an ideal platform for a roll bag. The brakes could probably be slightly stronger but then i'm used to a Honda Blackbird's stronger set up.

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Overall Review

After a good few years of riding sports bikes (still have a zx6r track bike) I had become less and less interested in riding on the road. That was until I bought my griso. For once in my life I bought something with my heart instead of my head. Normally I would be looking at spec sheets and reviews looking for the best bike on paper but not this time. Its fantastic and far more rewarding to ride on the road as you can use all its performace and handling and all at less than three figures. Longer wheelbase means that you will be leaning more for a given speed on corner than for a sports bike. Sounds good to me as you still feel like a riding god for nailing a set of corners, but you're probably going 15-20mph slower, which can come in handy when you come across that tractor bimbling along on the exit of a bend.

Strengths

Top quality components (fully adjustable Showa/sachs suspension, Brembo Brakes with braided hoses, Brembo wheels) without having to have a 160 horsepower missile. Usable grunt where you want it (anything over 2000rpm) Great handling (though side stand will start to touch down when on the extreme right hand edge of the tyre) Ducati 916 soundalike sound track with the termignoni exhaust.

Weaknesses

Clocks mist up in the rain. Keep it cleaned and polised as some materials are not as good as others at keeping up their appearance. Buy a Hugger before your rear tyre shot blasts the shock and swing arm.

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When you tire of the stress of superbike riding with the constant need to go illegally fast, is there a cruiser bike which also satisfies the need to use the whole width of the sports tyres? The Griso is such a bike. On paper it looks like an Italian HD Sportster, in fact it is something as far as I can see is unique in the nearly 40 years I have been riding. I am in the honeymoon period with my Griso 1100 but the Aprilia RSV1000R remains parked in the back of my garage and I have rediscovered the joy of riding most every day. If you are looking for something different which is user friendly but not bland or unexciting, take one of these (or the Griso 8V 1200) for a decent test ride. Then if you are still not sure, leave it for a week and ride it again - this bike is so different to any other bike, even other Guzzis, that it needs to be explored. If you are under 30 then maybe a Yamaha R1 or Ducati 1198 is for you but the long term bike these machines aren't. Guzzis tend to be ridden many miles by their owners and now I can see why.

Strengths

Overall lines are aggressive Attention to detail beautiful Gobs of torque through to redline Slick shifting box with perfect ratios Great lean-forward riding position Lovely comfortable seat That 90 degree deep-finned transverse V-twin Magic music Fantastic quality cycle parts - suspension, brakes, wheels

Weaknesses

Over the top exhaust can had to go Awkward side stand position Ugly (from off the bike) instrument pod So visually appealing you get stopped by strangers wanting to know about it

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Submitted by El Figaro on Mon, 22/10/2012 - 19:02

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A very pleasant surprise, the Griso. I'm a Guzzi fan anyway, but the Griso made me smile even more than I expected to. The bike rattles and shakes at tickover, then tries to flip on it's side if you dare to rev it. But once under way the ride is uncannily smooth for such an agricultural engine. Pure grunt is abundant, making use of the clunky but decent gearchange infrequent, and the handling is great, and far more contemporary than other Guzzis. The damping is harsh, but a full range of adjustment is available, and the popular theory is a lot less rebound helps a lot. The best bit for me, though, is the way Moto Guzzi have upped their game in terms of build quality. This is right up there with Honda and BMW when it comes to finish, and the whole bike reeks of quality touches. A very pleasant surprise indeed.

Strengths

Looks great, very contemporary. The engine is a torque factory churning out non-stop grunt, yet the engine is far more refined than you'd think - a Ducati could only dream of ticking over so reliably...Handling is excellent, although requiring a little physical input in the tighter stuff. The riding position is good, with enough of a lean forward to feel a bit sporty, and the build quality is excellent.

Weaknesses

Very few. It's not the quickest naked around, and the damping is very harsh on standard settings. No fuel gauge is a bit disappointing these days, and the economy isn't great if you use the bike to it's full potential. Oh, and the sidestand is half a mile away from your foot...

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Overall Review

Pros and cons already covered by other reviewers so all I can add is that if you want a comfortable, original and fun touring bike just add the Moto Guzzi large fly screen and some decent sized panniers and head off to your desired destination. This bike really is one of the best bikes i've travelled on in 20 years of European touring.

Strengths

All day comfortable. Massive torque from engine across whole rev range. Handles well for a heavy machine. Rarity and originality of design means lots of interest from bikers and non-bikers. Has that indiscernable 'soul' that few bikes really have. A surprisingly good touring bike.

Weaknesses

Could do with higher top gear as engine just wants to keep pulling at top speeds. Needs a fuel/miles left until empty gauge like on BMWs (although the existing gauge is surprisingly reliable). Could have a larger fuel tank/range as not the most economical.

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Overall Review

It's hard to be cold and calculating about any guzzi- especially the badass griso. You will need to get personally involved with the bike and definitely will get your hands dirty. Dealer network is embarassingly spotty. the good news is that the bike is easy to work on and the online community is exemplary. Once sorted, the bike is an absolute howl. Don't expect to race CBRs and R-1s, though. Practically speaking, this is not the best Guzzi choice for sport touring. I am riding a Guzzi sport 1200S and it's just better rounded. However, the G1100 on the used market is affordable and rewarding ride. Oh- did i mention that this is Ewan Macgregor's choice for a pop around London?

Strengths

Wonderfully unique Simple, serviceable, grunty, pushrod twin surprisingly well balanced quality materials Excellent CARC rear drive

Weaknesses

wonderful design, yet iffy assembly in some areas Spotty dealer support demands owner involvement poor mileage and small tank Fueling can be snatchy down low- will need custom mapping to smooth out Ergos are "ride on top" rather than "ride in" bike- (personal preference} Wind protection minimal and screen options limited. bars should be swapped out with Aprilia Mana

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Submitted by mototriumph on Fri, 01/08/2014 - 01:01

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There is nothing else like a Guzzi. Recently bought a nearly new Griso 1200. My other ride is a Triumph Tiger 1050, so I now have a choice of a howling triple or the Guzzi. The Griso has so much "character" its difficult to compare to other naked bikes. The 1200 8v engine is a torque machine, once underway handling is sublime. The last time I rode a transverse V twin shaft drive was a CX500 30 years ago.

Weaknesses

Torque reaction when pulling away, have to concentrate with tight filtering. Sidestand requires a longer than usual left leg. Tank is a little too small

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Submitted by Pauljamay on Sat, 07/02/2015 - 02:31

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If you fancy a Guzzi, but are worried about reliability and general quality, don't be. The modern Guzzi's are well up to par, even when compared to their Japanese counterparts. Much is made of the poor dealer network, but really, don't let that bother you. I'm sick of hearing this from numb nuts who wouldn't know the back end of a bike from the front. There is nothing about the Griso that is beyond the remit of any half decent mechanic, and home servicing is a breeze. I mean it has lock nut tappets for crying out loud. Half an hour to do your valve clearances, then change the fluids, and you'll do a complete service in under an hour. Anything more in depth, like the electronic jiggery pokery, can easily be taken care of by your local Aprillia workshop, as modern Griso's use the same software. Parts are easy to get, and there are a lot of specialists who can order OE parts for you, most of which will arrive within a week. If I can offer up one top tip. Go for the earlier 1100, as opposed to the 1200 8 valve. Yes the latter has more of a top end rush, but where you'll be using the bike for most of the time, you'd never know the difference, The 1200 is thirsty, and early models suffered a siginificant problem with cam followers, which has now been resolved. The 1100, is a simpler engine with absolutely no issues. All in all, a great bike.

Strengths

Character, charm, great looks, easy to live with and cheap to run

Weaknesses

Transmission a little snatchy at low speeds,

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Submitted by Tim Twigg (not verified) on Fri, 11/09/2015 - 20:26

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Mines an 06 bike Red with 12k on the clock. Had 4 owners. Looks like new condition is great dare I say almost Honda finish levels pushing it a bit but amazing for Guzzi. The biggest problem is I can't stop thrashing it ! It sounds so good handling and brakes superb I live on the North Norfolk coast and the bike really suits blasting up and down the coast road. I have done a few long runs and have put 5k on the clock in two years ( I have other bikes) it has never let me down and I always enjoy riding it . It is my desert island disk bike if I could only have one it would be a Griso. if you like naked bikes and want something rare and fun buy one. ( rare in Norfolk probably loads of them in Londonshire)

Strengths

Very cool, very loud Termi exhaust, lots of admiring glances, best build quality of any Guzzi I have ever owned. And red like the one in the picture.

Weaknesses

None for me but I am biased ( original silencer looks awfull in my opinion)

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