An insider's view
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.