2004 Moto Guzzi Griso
It isn't easy to define a motorcycle which
refuses all classification by using normal parameters.
Impressive as a muscle-bike, personal as a custom,
essential and pure as a naked, the Griso is
the expression of the freest, most innovative
and unconventional soul of Moto Guzzi, just
as the Breva represents the touring soul and
the MGS-01 Corsa the sporting soul. A motorcycle
as unique as its rider, to step decisively out
of the chorus line and express yourself without
limits. Wicked and unmistakable, it takes its
name from a famous character in "Promessi Sposi",
the Italian novel par excellence written by
Alessandro Manzoni and set near Mandello del
All the temperament of Griso, a "body guard"
of the old school, emerges from the unusual
design features, with the top beams of the frame
enveloping the original tank, the play of the
cross-over exhausts and, inevitably, a reference
to tradition entrusted to the cylinder heads
of the legendary 90° V-Twin visible at the sides.
A bike which expresses personality in every
detail, even when stationary - but neither is
it a laughing matter when you get into the saddle.
The engine is the latest incarnation of a legend.
Impressive torque right from low revs to get
about without problem even in the city, unmistakable
sound and bags of character in an engine which
has not yet finished evolving.
As well as the unusual and attractive frame,
another impressive mechanical component is the
completely adjustable upside-down fork with
massive 43 mm diameter inners and built-in tank
for precise and sensitive steering. Comfort
is guaranteed by the aluminium single arm swinging
fork swingarm which acts on a single shock absorber
adjustable in preload, compression and rebound.
A glance at the massive 320 mm double front
disc brake with differentiated pistons is all
it takes to understand that the Moto Guzzi naked
is also gritty when stopping. The Griso has
a unique style and guarantees strong emotions
for essential and innovative motorcycling with
new forms and an ancient flavour.