2015 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V SE
Purchase Date: March 2017
Moto Guzzi, I somehow found myself with three Moto Guzzis at the same time. I am not specifically a die hard Guzzi owner, this just sort of happened. I have to admit that I am a big fan of the twin cylinder design and Guzzis just so happen to fit me well. It all works out, I'm certainly happy!
The introduction of the Griso. I haven't had a truly 100% reliable and comfortable motorcycle that I can take on long distance rides for some time. I personally find the long rides relaxing and meditative, therefore not having the opportunity, I've been going a bit stir crazy. The last motorcycle I owned fitting that genre was was the BMW R1100S, and that has already been about three years ago. I recently sold the Harley Sportster and BMW K100RS which gave me some spending money for another motorcycle. I decided it was time to purchase something "newer" to accommodate the missing "long distance" motorcycle in my personal fleet.
I reviewed all different types and styles of motorcycles before finally making the Griso purchase. One bike I truly admired and would have liked to buy, although I couldn't financially swing it was the KTM SuperDuke GT. Unfortunately the sticker price of the KTM new is around $20k not including all the additional fees and taxes. The GT has only been around a few years, therefore there are not many used available in the market. I've also looked at the Indian Chief Dark Horse, Ducati Multistrada 950, MV Agusta Turismo Veloce, etc... As you can see, my decision was all over the place with styles and types.
I came across the Griso at a nearby dealer and was simply fascinated. The bike didn't strike me immediately as "This is the bike I have to have!", it was subtle. I initially fell for the lines and physical size of the bike, the "muscle" type look is appealing to me. I felt right at home whilst sitting on the Guzzi. I have to admit that I am not impressed with the lack of modern electronics that comparing bikes have, although that also makes me feel right at home because I prefer it that way. After reviewing prices online and specs, I found a leftover 2015 in Marina del Rey for more than $3500. less than retail (it is currently early 2017). This was a motivating factor, it also helps that the 2017 and 2015 are practically the same inside and out without any upgrades over the years. A few hums and haws and I decided to pull the trigger on purchasing the bike. The only concerning factor was that Marina Del Rey is about 7 hours away and I would have to set up shipping arrangements. Michael at "Pacific Coast Powersports" worked with me and we were able to close the deal. After just under three weeks of paperwork transfers through Fed Ex and my patience being tested, the Griso is finally in my possession.
The 2015 Moto Guzzi Griso has a 90 degree, four stroke V-twin 1151cc engine. The air and oil cooled engine has a power delivery of 104.5 HP at 7,100 rpm with a torque of 107 Nm at 6.600 rpm. The six speed transmission delivers power to the ground through the single dry clutch and CARC (compact reactive shaft drive) shaft drive system. The Griso has a modest gas tank capacity of 4.49 gallons with an additional reserve of 0.92 gallons. Overall running weight of the Guzzi is 509.3 lbs. Top speed is estimated around 140 mph..
Upon initial delivery of the Griso I was a nervous wreck (honestly). I just purchased a new motorcycle sight unseen and I don't necessarily trust delivery drivers. I had taken the day off from work to be present for the 1:30pm scheduled drop off. After waiting which felt like days, it was nearing 2pm and still no motorcycle. I decided to phone the driver to find out the current status only discovering that the driver had an unfortunate mishap with a flat tire along California I5, this had put him behind schedule by about 2 hours. The driver also informed me that he has another scheduled delivery on the way which will take additional time. Coincidentally due to the time it was, this also mean that he was headed into the heart of rush hour bay area commuter traffic. This had me concerned because of the incoming storm later that day, in which I asked him if the motorcycle was in a covered trailer, he said that it was not. My anxiety immediately rose and I asked him if he can possibly reorganize the priority of the deliveries. We disconnected the call, a few minutes later I receive the phone call back with good news that he will be dropping off the Griso first.
When the driver finally pulled up around 4:30pm I was ready for this long day of waiting to be over. The bike was glistening in the back of the dually truck patiently waiting to be back on solid ground. With a little bit of my help, the driver unloaded the Griso and I was congratulated on my new purchase.
I checked the oil and gas to simply confirm the fluids were there before attempting a start. Next, I inserted / turned the key and depressed the starter button when the bike roared to life. I was initially impressed as to how deep toned the stock muffler sounded, they are notorious for being extremely quiet (I will be changing this out soon enough anyways to get some noise). After a few minutes of steady idling, I drove off for a short test ride around the neighborhood. I was pleased to say the least.
I've decided to add a few accessories / modifications to personalize and fill the need of making this Guzzi a light touring motorcycle for myself to enjoy. Below is a loose list of accessories and parts that I've updated / added to the Griso along with the story of my ownership.
Luggage: I opted for the Hepco and Becker C-Bow system with Krauser soft bags. I really like both the bags and attachment, sturdy and simple to use. They hold my gear and look sharp while doing it.
Windscreen/Flyscreen: I installed the Dart Marlin "Dark" flyscreen. The windscreen is easy to install, with a small exception that I had to file one of the holes on both left/right brackets by about 2 millimeters to fit the headlight ear attachments. The flyscreen works well and looks good doing so. It does not cut the air away from my face or even my upper chest, but it helps tremendously by blocking the wind from the core of my body. For how I like to ride, it works perfectly. I like to feel the air and be in my environment over being completely behind a windshield, after all I'm not in a car!
Exhaust System: I've decided to go with an Agostini Mandello stainless steel conical slip on can. This "slip-on" is CE certified and is safe to use without adjustment to the Griso's fuel mapping, of course a re-flash would help with the bike's lean stock condition although not necessary as long the baffle is still in place. I don't believe this will void the warranty either because of the long time partnership that Agostini has had over the years with Guzzi, although do your own research at your dealer and use at your own risk. The muffler was easy to install, although it was a tight fit over the stock connecting pipe. It sounds great and gives me just the right amount of bark that I like without being too loud to disturb the neighbors.
Tankbag: I went with a Cortech Super 2.0 10L tank bag with straps. There are not many options for the Griso as far as tank bags. I chose Cortech for the economical factor, along with plain out function. It has a small main compartment big enough to fit everything I'd like to normally fit into my pockets. The bag also has a map compartment which I find useful every now and then. I actually cut a circle into the base of the strap (and hemmed the edge) in the location of my gas cap for ease of fueling.
Fuzeblock: I added the FZ-1 Fuzeblock to wire my GPS unit, heated hand grips and heated vest. The wiring is straight forward with some patience and a good line to splice into for the switched positive. I used a posi-tap to power the Fuzeblock from the OEM Tom Tom gps connector lead under the right engine cover. I located the Fuzeblock under the rubber air intake - under the seat.
Hand grips: I installed Oxford Heaterz hand grips, adventure style. When I removed the OEM grips, the throttle sleeve has raised surfaces to accommodate "Moto Guzzi" grips; I tediously removed them with a Dremel tool and file. The new grips were a bit long, I cut them down to size for fitment. They work perfectly; I am happy with the fit, form and function. The overall diameter of the adventure style grips fit my hands perfectly. When wiring, I routed wire the leads to a relay system and not directly to the battery.
GPS Mount: I sourced and added a ball mount attachment for my old Garmin Nuvi. I wired the power plug to the Fuzeblock under the seat. The mount is installed on the right side of the handlebars. It works just as I need, supplying turn by turn directions for the long trips.
Paint: The Griso has undergone a slight facelift. I got a little creative with some satin black wrap and covered the bike. I think it looks great. It is not perfect and some corners may lift, the good thing is I can just add another piece of wrap over top as a band-aid.
Cruising Speeds: I wanted to put an Atlas throttle lock on the bike although I just couldn't bring myself to spend the $135.. I opted for a more economical version by going with a NEP CC-3. It's the version for dual cables which just means that the tab will fit between the cables. I believe this contraption would fit almost perfectly if I didn't have the heated grips, I do - so it required me to get a little creative making a small bracket along with some filing down parts of the unit. Installed, the plastic throttle lock works really well.
Extra Gas: The Griso's low fuel light comes on way too soon. I'm only getting about 30-32 miles per gallon which means the light come on as soon as 110 miles. I added a small, portable fuel container to the underside of the luggage mounts. It doesn't hold much but I'm hoping it will get me out of a pinch if needed. A bonus is that -it is easy to access in assisting a stranded biker needing gas.
Suspension: The Griso's suspension came to me a bit soft, with the rear under-sprung. I am not a lightweight and I had to make some adjustments to the preload both front and rear to get the right shock sag for my riding preference. Once the sag was set, I made adjustments to the compression and rebound damping dialing the bike in. I found that the front was right on at the street setting, turning the rear compression 1/4 turn CW (stiffening) and 1 click CCW to the rebound (softening) works best for me. The settings were set to stock "street" while taking the sag measurements, and as a baseline for my personal settings. After setting the suspension, the bike feels lighter and somehow smaller. The Guzzi tracks well into the corners without any wallowing; it feels like a different bike. I highly recommend anyone with a Griso to take the time and have the suspension set correctly.
Tires: The Metzelers were due to be replaced. I opted for a pair of Pirelli Scorpian Trail II tires. They are great! To me, they handle much better than the Metzelers that came with the bike. They take fire roads much better, less slipping.. Cornering handles better; surprisingly for an on/off road tire. So far they appear to be taking the mileage well too.
Camera: I installed a basic camera, no frills.. Sykik CR1 camera that loop records onto a MicroSD. The install took me about 3 hours to hide and splice all the wires. Overall, the camera works well for my use. I don't use the footage for anything other than emergency. My commute to work in the California Bay Area can have it's "moments".
Photos and details of the Griso will be added as the project matures.