2012 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V

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The Griso was the first of the new breed of Guzzis to sport the 1151cc, four-valve-per-cylinder V-twin – the unit replacing the older 1064cc two-valves-per-cylinder unit in the first launching in an eight-valve format towards the end of 2007. The engine is combined with a hydraulic clutch, electronic fuel injection, six-speed gearbox and shaft final drive.

Apart from its capable engine, the strong frame and the sporty wheels the Griso 1200 is also packed with a pretty capable suspension which consist of an inverted 43mm fork and a rear monoshock which are adjustable both front and rear.

The motorcycle is kept under control by a pretty capable braking package composed of twin 320mm wave discs up front gripped by four-piston, radial-mount Brembo calipers backed up by a twin-piston Brembo caliper/282mm disc down the back.

The Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V is available in the either black or white and has a starting price of $23,990 plus ORC.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V.

Press Release

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V

Over thirty-five years have gone by since its introduction, but the Moto Guzzi California continues to play a leading role in the collective imagination of motorcyclists all over the world. When the California was first introduced back in 1971, the market for customs was split between original motorcycles and Japanese imitations. But then Moto Guzzi introduced a machine with a powerful personality, based on the tried and tested frame of the V7 Special and the legendary 90° V twin engine, with a capacity of 757 cc. This frame/engine combination proved such a tremendous international success that it was eagerly adopted by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department), and later by police departments in other American States. The rest is history – and legend. A familiar protagonist in films and advertisements, the California has every right to be considered as one of the few objects of industrial design that have left a permanent mark. The California’s wheels have never stopped, and neither has its development. Year after year, the bike’s looks and technology have been updated without altering its original character and spirit. Now, 35 years after its introduction, Moto Guzzi has decided to pay tribute to the amazing California by creating an exclusive Vintage version, dedicated to modern riders who want to continue the dream. The styling is obviously retro, as you can see from the stunning spoked wheels, redesigned steel mudguards, new Brembo front calipers, supplementary fog lights controlled from the right hand switch block, windshield with stainless steel trim, shiny chrome handlebars and two-tone seat. The fixed panniers are a further sign of distinction. Made from rotational nylon, they are fully waterproof with inner linings, and are protected against impact by robust chromed steel tube of the same type used for the luggage rack.



Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Type90° V-Twin, 4 stroke
Cooling systemair cooled
Displacement1,064 cc
Bore and stroke92 x 80 mm
Compression ratio9.8 : 1
Timing system2 overhead valves moved by light alloy push–rod sand rocker arm with mechanical tappets
Valve timing-*intake open 24° B.T.D.C.

  • intake close 52° A.B.D.C.
  • exhaust open 54° B.B.D.C.
  • exhaust close 22° A.T.D.C.
Maximum power54 kW at 6,400 rpm
Maximum torque94 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Fuel systemMagneti Marelli IAW alfa-n system Multipoint phased sequential fuel; 2 throttle bodies of 40 mm with injectors Weber IW 031
Starting systemelectric
IgnitionMagneti Marelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition, twin spark
Exhaust systemsteel, 2 tubes connected to an expansion room, that is connected to 2 steel mufflers; three-way catalyzer with Lambda sensor (Euro 3)
HomologationEuro 3
Lubricationwith lobes pump and pressure regulator


Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Gearbox5 speed, costant mesh gears with built-in cush drive
Internal ratios-*1° 14/28 = 1:2

  • 2° 18/25 = 1:1.389
  • 3° 21/22 = 1:1.048
  • 4° 23/20 = 1:0.870
  • 5° 28/21 = 1:0.750
Primary driveby helical gears, ratio 17/21 = 1: 1.235
Secondary driveshaft drive, ratio 8/33 = 1:4.125
Clutchdual disc dry with


Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Framedetachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strengh steel
Wheelbase1,560 mm
Trail116 mm
Front suspensionMarzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 45 mm, adjustable separately
Front wheel travel140 mm
Rear suspensionswing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers, exstension adjustable
Rear wheel travel96 mm
Breaking systemIntegral breaking system, with proportioning and delay valve
Front brakedouble Brembo Serie Oro stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers
Rear brakesingle Brembo stainless steel floating disc, Ø 282 mm, 2 piston calipers
Wheels Behrspoked steel rims
Front rim2.50” x 18”
Rear rim3.50” x 17”
Front tyre110/90 VB 18”
Rear tyre140/70 VB 17”


Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Voltage12 V
Battery12 V – 30 Ah
Alternator12 V – 350 W


Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Length2,380 mm
Width815 mm
Height1,390 mm
Seat height780 mm
Ground clearance190 mm
Handlebar height1,050 mm
Front footrest height326 mm
Rear footrest height385 mm
Dry weight263 kg
Fuel tank capacity19 litre
Reserve4 litre


Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V

Bikepoint ---- "With its own unique, Italian take on the naked musclebike theme, Moto Guzzi’s Griso 1200 8V comes bristling with attitude and Latin machismo. A stablemate for the bikini-faired 1200 Sport, the Griso is simply naked aggression from every angle, but it packs a performance punch to match the bad boy image."

Bikez ---- "In the book, Griso is a tough and fearless leader of the Bravi, and a man “who naturally undertook all the most daring enterprises”. This description could just as well be applied to the new Griso 8V, the most exciting and spirited of all Moto Guzzi models, designed to create a new, more intense concept of sports riding based on sheer power and four valve cylinder head technology."

Tanshanomi ---- "The Guzzi motor is a strange mix of modern and old-school design elements. Judged against 2011 rivals, it’s a bit mild for a bike of this size and style, but it’s not bad, overall. It doesn’t feel much like an older Guzzi — transmission and clutch action have been improved in recent years, and the 4-valve heads (which increase output noticeably), make the motor a bit peaky; the traditional grunt-y Guzzi midrange just isn’t there."

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V
Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V

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