2010 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
“….His power was increased
both by the fact itself and in public opinion”.
This quote from “I promessi sposi”
by Alessandro Manzoni, refers to Griso, the head of
a group known as the “Bravi” “to
whom the most dangerous jobs were entrusted”.
This refers to the character of the new Griso 8V SE
that is the smartest and most high spirited Moto Guzzi
ever made and that encompasses an absolute new sense
of “Sporting spirit” stemming from the
power and technology.
The Griso 8V SE is a Special Edition
machine for collectors from Moto Guzzi who designed
this version especially for the most demanding enthusiasts.
This bike can be recognised immediately from its colour
scheme, a beautiful shade of satinised green “Tenni”
or with the new “Rosso Mandello” that
enhances the sweeping lines of the frame and the unmistakeable
architecture of the engine. The level of finish on
the Griso 8V SE will more than satisfy the most demanding
enthusiast with features that include a superb stitched
leather saddle, beautiful BER spoked wheels shod with
Pirelli Scorpion intermediate tyres not to mention
the refined decorative colour-coordinated logos of
the bike’s initials.
Once in the saddle, the reality proves
to be even better than you could have imagined, with
the powerful “Quattrovalvole” engine delivering,
in its latest incarnation, a maximum torque of 113
Nm at just 5800 rpm, marking a significant improvement
over the 108 Nm at 6400 rpm of the previous version.
These results were achieved by adopting new cam profiles,
new and more efficient injectors and a revised air
box, which make the “Quattrovalvole” engine
even more responsive at low engine speeds while still
producing practically the same maximum power.
Thanks to this modern transverse V
90 twin-cylinder “Quattrovalvole” on the
open road the rider really can come to appreciate
a frame that keeps all that horsepower under control.
The secret lies in the high-tensile steel frame with
twin upper supports whose design owes little to aesthetics
and much to sophisticated engineering concepts that
provide exceptional rigidity under moments of extreme
The frame geometry had been carefully calculated to
provide stability with the steering angle set at 26°
and rake at 108 mm. The wheelbase measures 1544 mm
and the Griso 8V SE is surprisingly manoeuvrable,
even lightning fast in changes of direction.
These handling characteristics are
due to the low centre of gravity and a rock solid
off-set steering head that provides an immediate response
to pressure on the handlebars. Taking the perfect
line through a corner becomes second nature. The front
end is glued to the road thanks to upside-down forks
from racing stock. The 43 mm forks are adjustable
for rebound and compression. Other details include
the fabulous new Brembo brake system made up of P4/34
radial calipers that act on floating 320mm discs.
A Boge progressive suspension unit
is fitted to the rear and this too had three classic
settings. Powerful, elegant and exclusive, the Griso
8V SE will soon become an icon among those who truly
appreciate elite motorcycles