2008 Moto Morini Granpasso 1200
Whether used for touring, off-road or battling city traffic, Granpasso 1200 is dedicated to the motorcyclist who racks up miles, wants a comfortable ride and ventures into places where there’s no trace of asphalt. He uses the bike to manoeuvre the streets, but that doesn’t mean he’s not looking for some fun. Moto Morini introduces its interpretation of the road Enduro, a multitasking, versatile bike suited for touring but that has the racing imprint that’s part of the DNA of all Moto Morini bikes.
2008 Moto Morini Granpasso 1200
Engine:87° V longitudinal
Granpasso 1200 has a feisty look that comes through in the trellis frame underlining the Italian spirit and sporty nature of this Morini machine. The aesthetics of the bike instantly convey agility and lightness: right from the first glance, the bike assures an imposing personality and top flight performance.
Paraphrasing a concept intrinsic to Moto Morini’s past and recent history, the style of this motorcycle can be summed up as an Enduro Veloce. The front view with headlamp fairing, the double separate lamp and mudguard conveys spunk and sportiness; similar sensations are evoked by other design choices, too, like turn indicators built into the body. Naturally, the Enduro is Veloce not just because of its aesthetic and design choices, but because of specific technical inputs encapsulated in several components: the Ohlins rear shock absorber with separate tank, multi-adjustable in length, pre-load, rebound and compression damping; radial brake and clutch pumps; clutch with antiskipping system, the first road Enduro to adopt this device, which makes road handling more efficient. Even the light weight of the bike, not merely a visual impact (the bike weighs less than 200 kg), accentuates the sporty character of the Granpasso and enhances its rideability.
Styling by Marabese Design has sought to obtain the perfect balance of curvatures and tensions of all the superstructures: headlight fairing, tank, seat and tail are streamlined, revealing Italian aesthetics and a pursuit of technical solutions in consistency with functional aspects. The tank is designed to allow a forward riding position without forgoing a capacity that will ensure fuel autonomy (25 litres); the riding position is raised as is normal for an Enduro, but the narrow sides allow the rider to lean the bike down on the ground without effort. Taking responsibility for comfort is the good aerodynamic protection.
The passenger has been given proper consideration as well: a long, contoured seat to prevent slipping forward, double handle expertly integrated into the tail design, well positioned footpegs to avoid leg fatigue on long trips, and excellent thermal insulation on the exhausts. In all, the ideal situation for travelling in comfort and having as much fun as the one doing the riding.
The Bialbero Corsacorta twin-cylinder engine.
Granpasso is a largedisplacement road Enduro installed with the Bialbero CorsaCorta 1187 cc twin-cylinder engine. The engine is compact, strongly characterized by the 87° V layout of the cylinders and an innovative solution for the integral casing. This offers several advantages over traditional solutions, resulting primarily the stiffness of the whole, which makes the engine load bearing, thus simplifying the frame layout.
Franco Lambertini’s engine, whose performance characteristics are known and appreciated, has been optimized for the Granpasso in order to improve progression at low rpms and limit fuel consumption. The exceptional torque and power of the CorsaCorta twin-cylinder give the Granpasso the clear identity of a sport bike, and adapt perfectly to the features of the vehicle, serving to enhance its rideability.
Mainstay of the chassis is the high-strength tubular trellis frame by Verlicchi based on an exclusive Moto Morini design. Wheelbase, steering rake and trail values are compact, especially considering the fact that this is an Enduro with a 1200 cc heart.
Swing arm and suspension.
The frame is backed up by excellent suspensions. At front is a sturdy Marzocchi Magnum with 50 mm-diameter upside down legs, with plates in a cast light alloy. The rear features a weighty twin swing arm shaped by hydroforming, an innovative construction technology using the deforming capacity of hydraulic pressure to enable production of non-welded pieces. The swing arm designed with this technology has advantages in terms of weight, but especially in structural rigidity. It is aided by a lateral single shock absorber from Ohlins with piggy back tank, which is multi-adjustable with external remote device in length, pre-load, rebound and compression damping.
Rims and tyres.
The Excel spoked rims in aluminium alloy mean that latest generation tubeless tyres can be mounted on the bike. These multi-functional tyres feature compounds that assure excellent grip on dry and wet surfaces when going long hauls in varying weather conditions and in total safety, even with a full load.
The Brembo systems with radial pump guarantee powerful and progressive decelerations, giving the rider optimum sensitivity for handling this challenging part of the riding experience. The pair of semi-floating discs with a diameter of 298 mm at front is worked by 2-piston floating callipers, a solution that ensures both power and modulability, appreciable on any asphalt surface and especially on surfaces with poor grip. At the rear is a 255 mm single disc with 2-piston floating calliper.
The fuel tank is built by Acerbis and complies with European and U.S. standards. It has a capacity of 25 litres and can be lifted to access the large filter box underneath.
Small-sized and well integrated with the headlight fairing, the digital instrument panel is perfectly legible. The controls are easy to access as they are placed on the handgrip. Among the other functions of the instrumentation, the rider can view the outside temperature, the gear engaged, clock and maintenance intervals.
Built in stainless steel, the system is perfectly incorporated into the motorcycle design, becoming a characteristic feature of the bike. The sound of the Bialbero Corsacorta twin cylinder is full and powerful but thanks to some meticulous tuning and closed loop technology with trivalent catalytic converter and Lambda sensor, it has a low environmental impact with emissions that fall below the stringent Euro 3 emission standards.
MOTO MORINI COMPETIZIONE, the Moto Morini catalogue of accessories, dedicates to the Granpasso 1200 different items designed to enhance the comfort of the trip.
- Pair of rigid side panniers, 34 litre capacity each
- Rigid rear case, 46 litre capacity
- Expandable tank bag
- Touring windshield
- Tom Tom Touch Screen satellite navigation system
- Heated handgrips kit
- Hand guard kit
- Central stand
- Offroad sport seat
- Oil cooler
The price positioning of the Granpasso 1200 is coherent with Moto Morini’s strategy of marketing offering an Italian product with a strong personality and excellent performance, meticulously constructed with quality components, but that carries a price competitive with the best products in its category.
Three colour versions will be offered: black/white with red frame, titanium/black with black frame; and a third colour combination to be introduced in 2008.
Model: Granpasso 1200
Engine: Moto Morini – Bialbero CorsaCorta
Layout: 87° V longitudinal
Cooling: Liquid cooled
Timing system: Double overhead camshaft
Valves per cylinder: 4
Bore x stroke: 107 x 66 mm / 4,21 x 2,59 inch
Displacement: 1187 cc
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Fuel system: Magneti Marelli indirect electronic injection with 54 mm / 2,12 inch Ø throttle body
Ignition: I.A.W. electronic
Lubrication: Forced with trochoidal pump
Gearbox: With constant mesh spur gears
Gear ratio: 6
- In first 13/36
- In second 17/32
- In third 20/30
- In fourth 22/28
- In fifth 23/26
- In sixth 24/25
Clutch: Multiple-plate clutch in oil bath with antiskipping system and radial master-cylinder
Primary drive: Spur gears 55:31
Final drive: Chain 17/40
Exhaust: Silencer, 3-way catalytic converter with oxygen sensor
Emissions control: Euro 3
Frame: Verlicchi high-strength steel tube trellis frame
Wheelbase: 1500 mm / 59,05 inch
Headstock rake: 26.5°
Rake: 110 mm / 4,33 inch
Front suspension: Marzocchi upside-down fork with 50 mm / 1,96 inch Ø legs
Front wheel travel: 190 mm / 7,48 inch
Swing arm: With large section, made of hydroformed aluminum
Rear suspension: Ohlins single shock absorber with separate tank featuring spring length, preload, rebound and compression damping multiple adjustment
Rear wheel travel: 200 mm / 7,87 inch
Front brake: Brembo 298 mm / 11,73 inch double disc with 2- piston callipers and radial master-cylinder
Rear brake: Brembo 255 mm / 10,03 inch single disc with 2-piston calliper
Front tire: 110/80 R19 Tubeless
Rear tire: 150/70 R17 Tubeless
Rims: Excel spoke rims with aluminium channel
Front rim size: MT 3.00 x 19”
Rear rim size: MT 4.50 x 17”
Size and weights
Total length: 2170 mm / 85,43 inch
Max. width: 865 mm / 34,05 inch (excluding rear-view mirrors)
Seat height: 840 mm / 33,07 inch
Min. height: from ground 200 mm / 7,87 inch
Steering angle: 40° rh/lh
Dry weight: 198 Kg / 440 lbs
Tank capacity: 25 litres / 5,50 UK gal
Reserve capacity: 4,5 litres / 1 UK gal
Instrument panel: Electronic rev counter and speedometer with multifunctional LCD display
Colours: White/black – Titanium/black
Warranty: 3 years