Guzzi Griso

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by motoretro, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    Can anyone who's either ridden or owns a newer Moto Guzzi Griso 1200/8V comment on the ride/bump compliance on black top back roads?
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    Motoretro
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  2. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    I've ridden one and the suspension was not dialled-in for my weight or style. That spoiled the ride a bit.

    But, afaik, it's fully adjustable.

    It's still my dream 'road warrior'.

    This post is just treading water until some actual owners shop up :deal.
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  3. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    Thanks for input, I'm at 200 lbs and 5'-11" ready for the road. I'm interested although heard their pretty stiff over pavement breaks, 200 miles round trip from a test ride and dealing with thoracic issues so thought I'd ask.

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  4. jrflanne

    jrflanne Been here awhile

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    Suspension isn't bad at all. The Griso is an absolute hoot to ride.
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  5. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    I'd call the dealer and, considering your health concerns, see if you can get an extended test ride.

    My local dealer (about 45 miles away) will give a full morning or afternoon on a bike if you are serious about buying.

    Why not make it a nice day out?
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  6. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a good idea, just hoping to get some preliminary feedback before driving 4 hours.
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  7. ddddd

    ddddd Adventurer

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    I have a friend who has recently received a new 2012 Griso, he states it came set very firm from the factory, but buy backing off the compression and rebound damping front and rear he now states it rides like a limo
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  8. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    Thanks, that's good to hear.
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  9. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    My 2007 Griso was set up very wrong, as most are. Too much comp damping makes for a harsh ride. A few minutes with the clickers and you are all set.

    I dropped my fork tubes in the trees which made the bike track much better in corners. All adjustments are described in the shop manuals.
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  10. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tips, sounds like I need to arrange a Test ride.
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  11. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

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    There is someone around here that has a gorgeous green griso - just can't remember who...
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  12. Street Hawk

    Street Hawk Been here awhile

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    I have a 2011 Tenni 8v Griso. I think they all come set up a bit stiff, but it is adjustable and softens up. Roads are horrible where I live and I'm surviving fine.. Very fun ride, you wouldn't regret it...at least in my opinion. :D
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  13. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    I'm also partial to Green. I have upper back issues so need to be able to dial in things for comfy ride. Slight/some lean actually benefit's my back. Any changes other than paint between yours and the new 2013 SE's ?
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  14. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    Woud it be this lovely bike:

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    When I first got it, it was harsh. Set the SAG front and rear, backed off on the compression and now it rides good. Firm but no longer harsh. Some of the initial harshness issue I had was that the preload was set for some who must have weighed 300 lbs. My first comments were that it's a bike that'll put a little blood in your urine. :lol3 The trouble with trying one at a dealer is that it won't be setup for you and it sounds like a lot of folks had to go through a complete suspension setup like I did so a dealer bike won't be too representitive of what it can be. Remember though that it wants to be a sport bike so the suspension is on the firm side.
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  15. Blue&Yellow

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    How does it go around corners? I test rode a 1200 sport a couple a years ago because I liked the look of it and the guzzi ethos but I absolutely hated it. That thing just wouldn't corner properly - it either wanted to go straight, or wallowed the bars. I honestly thought I was going to fall over midcorner in a roundbout for a while there. But it might have been that particular bike that was horribly setup.

    How's yours for handling? I know it's a heavy bike but does it feel neutral and relaxed in a corner or do you have to muscle it around?
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  16. NCGS

    NCGS De Oppresso Liber

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    :knary Always had a 'thing' about that bike.. nearly pulled the trigger on one in May of last year.

    Unfortunately, the dealer network - what dealer network - here in NC pretty much doesn't exist. The one dealer we had in the state went TU, and just recently a dealer in Charlotte - on the other side of the state from me - picked up M-G. I do all my own routine maintenance, but it's a RPITA to get the bike to and from Charlotte..
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  17. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately with only 4.7" at the front and 4.3" at the rear, It would have to be set pretty close to optimum for my weight beforehand for a decent ride. Not sure If I can talk the dealer into spending some serious time in making these adjustments before a test ride.
    We'll see.
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  18. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Gorgeous bike! :clap
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  19. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    My answer to handling would be a word like "surprising". I've owned a lot of bikes over the years including liter and half liter sport bikes, bikes with premium suspensions and I've done a few track days over the years as well so I have a pretty good idea of what good handling is and what it does for you. My opinion is that for as long as the wheel base is I didn't expect it to be as good as it is. I'm pleasantly surprised. It's not as precise as a dedicated sport bike but close and it's not as controlled when pushing into the corners hard as a dedicated sport bike but it's close there as well. It's billing as a gentleman’s sport bike is pretty spot on in my experience. I ride pretty hard and I've had no asshole pucker moments when getting into a corner a bit to hot. It's pretty confidence inspiring and I don’t find myself wanting for anything better in most riding conditions. The exception being riding in stop and go traffic. The fueling below 4500 rpm could be a bit better.
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  20. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    Yes, it takes a bit of tuning. With your issues I'd focus on the riding position to see if that bothers you. It's a bit of an oddball riding position that takes some getting used to. It's a bit of a reach to the bars, not quite sport touring but not fully upright either and the pegs are a bit further forward than you would think. Seems natural to me now and it works well for the way I ride but it may be everybody's cup of tea.
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