Review: 2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V SE

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What Other’s Say
“Riding around on this thing for a few weeks has me in love all over again: There’s plenty of torquey V-Twin power and sound without being obnoxious in a chassis reminiscent of a wide-barred old superbike with great suspension, in a mechanically honest package that’s as nice to look at as it is to ride pretty much anywhere.” — CycleWorld

“…outstanding steering at low and high speeds, not fast but precisely neutral and obedient, so the bike sweeps and flows along twisty roads and around mountain hairpins effortlessly.” — Kevin Ash

The Price
The Griso is a unique motorcycle, at a unique price point. At $12,690 it’s considerably cheaper than the $18,995 Ducati Diavel, while also being free of the cruiser stigma and riding position. A more direct comparison may be the lighter, faster $11,995 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo, but that bike lacks the Griso’s presence and character. The Triumph Speed Triple is around the same price at $12,799 and includes standard ABS, along with a considerably more powerful motor, tighter chassis and better suspension. Despite bringing its own unique character, the Triumph can’t match the Griso when it comes to charm though. They’re all very different bikes targeted at very different riders. We could see a Griso rider owning both an open-face helmet and a race suit with well-worn knee sliders.

2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
Tall on charm: Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE

The Verdict
All the old-world Guzzi charm in a high-quality, 21st century package that’s reliable, fast and compelling. The two-wheeled equivalent of wearing a tux to a ball game. The Griso is classy, desirable and utterly unique.

RideApart Rating: 9/10

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