GuzzI Griso What's it good for?
Posted in the Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Forum
#1 Nov 7, 2010
All kidding aside.
I've been riding since 1969 always HD and usually Iron Head Sportsters.
Toured North America & Mexico on a 1973 XL.
I'm seriously considering a Griso, for all the wrong reasons.
The biggest being it's looks.
It is a beautiful bike.
My question is what is the bike capable of doing?
I think I understand the Sport Bike aspect, but is it good for touring.
Does it perform consistently and trouble free?
Require a lot of TLC?
Hows the dealer network?
What problems are Griso noted for?
is it a good bike for a guy who is tired of CFM (constant freaking maintenance)?
Any advise/oinions welcomed for a MG newbie.
#2 Nov 10, 2010
This is a great set of questions to ask over at the Moto Guzzi forum.
#3 Nov 10, 2010
Check out Rose Farm Classics out in Woodstock, IL. They have a rep a a good Guzzi dealer.
#4 Nov 11, 2010
You might want to try here
#5 Nov 11, 2010
Beware the guzzi bug!
I can't say this will be the best tourer, especially if you are used to a big ole' Harley. Plenty of guys rack up miles on them- but they are not exactly set up for it. The QC is MUCH better than it has been at the plant. The bike will be as trouble free as any new bike. GREAT engine- nothing to worry about. Dealer network thin, but dedicated. You won't need a steady stream of parts- but there are a number of very good houses to keep you going. Online support network of similarly afflicted guzzisti: absolutely amazing. no one you know will have one and most people won't "get' it- but these bikes have huge character.
#6 Sep 26, 2011
Firstly, The Griso is an awesome touring bike but you are limited for luggage unless you put on a pack rack which for me diminishes the look, Secondly there are so few problems with the later model bikes ie the 8V, main problem for me is condensation in the dash, and because I got the very first 8V in New Zealand I had the problem of the hardening coming off the cams, followers and other internals at about 8000km but under warranty...all good... Haven't had any issues since and the bike is now up to 30,00km, this is my 2nd Griso and a definite keeper... I do own other bikes too, 73 850 Commando, 74 850T Guzzi and an assortment of odds and ends... I have been riding for 36 yrs now and the Griso taught me things I didn't know.. It is soo nimble and the power is STONKING.. even two up ( my Lady loves it)..All I can say is take one for a test ride around the twisty/windy.... You decide.
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