Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Why can't the big five make bikes like this one?...

This motorcycle, the Moto Guzzi Griso 8V, is just so beautiful! Why can't this kind of styling be found among the major players? And don't mock my focusing on the machine's appearance. Motorcycling is unique in motor vehicles in that passion is at its root, so looks are important. The machine has a lot of features that make sense, in addition to its looks. An elemental, true-to-motorcyling's roots air-cooled v-twin engine for that visceral character, but with four valves per cylinder for the requisite power thrill, articulated shaft drive, up-to-date suspension, a no-maintenance automotive style integral alternator, and a longish wheelbase for real-world handling, just for starters. I would buy this bike almost solely on its looks, and coming from a 40-year industry veteran, that is saying something.


  1. Me too! Someday I will own a Griso. Caio Bella.

  2. I have come dangerously close to buying one more than once. I see now Guzzi has screwed it up by liquid cooling, ugly bodywork and a $35,000 price tag. I have a standing offer to test ride one of the original ones at the local dealer, gotta get over there some time....


Thanks for sharing!