Demo 2017 Moto Guzzi Grios 1200 SE

Demo ProgramThis year, Aprilia & Moto Guzzi have revamped their demo programs to encourage more people to take demo rides and more dealers to offer them. We have always been big on demo rides but we were most often squeamish about letting people ride for more than a few miles. But now, we are encouraged to get more people riding and to encourage them to ride further. Also, we are encouraged to sell our demos when they have been in service for 3 months or accumulated 250 miles, whichever comes first. And before, a demo bikes was warranty-registered the day it was invoiced to us but now, a demo is like any other bike: the full two-year unlimited-mile warranty only starts when purchased by its owner.

So we ordered far more demo bikes than usual, and not just one of a model for the year but one for each quarter. This all means that we needed to create this space so that we could show people what they can demo ride and what we have for sale. Looking for a better price on a 2017? Here's your chance. Perfer a perfectly new bike? We have them too.

Demo Price: $11,990.00 plus freight, setup, and tax, $50 document fee, and title transfer / tab renewal unless verifiable out-of-state residency. All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

Warranty: Two years with unlimited miles begins when purchased.

Financing6.59% for 24-36 months, 7.39% for 48, 7.59% for 60, 8.59% for 72, or 9.09% for 84 months OAC (rates based on 715+ credit score, higher rates for lower scores) through Freedom Road Financial. 

Click here for potentially better rates.

Special Note: It is now Moto International's standard practice to update this model to NGK spark plug caps for safety and reliability. 


Type: Four-stroke V 90 twin
Cooling: Air and oil cooled with independent cooling pump
Capacity: 1,151cc
Bore and stroke: 95 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio: 11:01
Maximum power output: Over 110 HP at 7,500 rpm
Max Torque: 80 ft-lbs at 6,400 rpm
Fuel supply/ignition: Multipoint sequential electronic injection, Magneti Marelli IAW 5A phased, alfa-n system; 2 x Ø50 mm throttle bodies with Weber IWP 189 injectors, Lambda probe.
Exhaust system: Stainless steel two-into-one 3-way catalysed with Lambda probe.


Gearbox: 6 speed
Lubrication: Oil bath
Final drive: CA.R.C reactive drive; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3,666
Clutch: Single plate with integrated flexible couplings


Frame: High tensile steel tubular twin cradle
Wheelbase: 61 inches (1,554 mm)
Trail: 4.25 inches (108 mm)
Steering rake: 26.30°
Steering angle: 34°
Front suspension: Upside down Ø 43 mm fully adjustable forks (spring preload and hydraulic for rebound and compression) with mounting for radial callipers.
Front wheel travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension: Progressive single swingarm, fully adjustable monoshock with separate gas reservoir (spring preload and hydraulic for rebound and compression).
Rear wheel travel: 110 mm
Front brakes: Twin floating 320 mm stainless steel wave discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 opposed pistons.
Rear brakes: Single 282 mm fixed stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons.
Wheels: Tubeless spoke wheels with aluminium Ber rim and Alpina spokes.
Front wheel: 3.50” x 17”
Rear wheel: 5.50” x 17”
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17”
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17”


Length: 89 inches (2,260 mm)
Width: 32.6 inches (830 mm)
Height: 42.12 inches (1,070 mm)
Saddle height: 31.4 inches (800 mm)
Minimum ground clearance: 7.28 inches (185 mm)
Dry weight: 489 pounds (222 kg)
Fuel tank capacity: 4.4 gallons (16.7 litres)
Reserve: .5 gallon

“His power became greater in reality and in the minds of others.” This is a description of ‘Griso’, a character in ‘I promessi sposi’ by Alessandro Manzoni, one of the most famous works of Italian literature. 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 SE, 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 technology. Designed to respect a tradition that has lasted forty years, the new engine adopts the rational 90° transverse V twin layout but with 563 new parts, and introduces for the first time a single overhead cam valve timing and silent running Morse chains to operate the four valves per cylinder. 75% of this highly developed Moto Guzzi 1200cc engine has been modified compared to its predecessor, to produce 110 HP at only 7500 rpm and a maximum foot pounds of 80 foot pounds at 6400 rpm.

The Griso 8V SE is an instinctive creation, pure, solid and distinctive and in many ways a work of art. The design details are discreet but elegant and pure quality; the lines blend together and are accentuated by the chrome finishing and satin metal form. The fuel tank lends itself superbly to the strong frame creating an aerodynamic teardrop body which is continued through to the tail which houses three high intensity LED light units.

The Griso is decidedly masculine and powerful yet the “Quattrovalvole” engine seems to be set like a jewel in a frame that shows off its revolutionary design to the utmost effect. Returning to its performance, it becomes obvious that the sophisticated components are not mere technical details included for the sake of style but enhance performance and provide guaranteed reactivity.

When people shop bikes here they expect me to be able to tell a little story about each model. I never know quite how to describe the Griso. Maybe I shouldn’t feel so bad, as one magazine said that the information provided by Guzzi with a test bike categorized the Griso four different ways. It’s sort of a boulevard cruiser come sport bike come sport tourer. Sport tourer? You bet! One of our customers well into his 70s rode his Griso from here to Iowa and back.

The Griso has the same drive train as the Norge 8V GT. But the Griso is lower and longer. The ergonomics favor people up to 6 feet tall. Which handles better? Different strokes for different folks. I suggest riding them both and see what you like.

I got a big surprise when in 2012 a former partner in Moto International came to me looking for a bike and was considering either a Griso or an old V11 Sport with fancy Ohlins suspension, what was known as the Café Sport. I thought the Ohlins would be the significant deciding factor in favor of the Café Sport but instead (and this is why I never bet!) he chose the Griso.  

Some of the features are easily apparent: the chrome-moly steel perimeter frame, upside- down adjustable forks, 4-piston Brembo calipers gripping 320mm stainless discs, tubeless wheels with aluminum rims and stainless spokes, and damping- & preload-adjustable single-shock rear suspension with linkage.

Common accessories purchased for the Griso include small or large windshield, small or large tank bag, luggage rack, tail bag, and soft or hard locking saddlebags.

So how do I describe the Griso here at the shop? I say “Here. Go take it for a ride and see what you think.” It’s the quickest way to put a smile on their face.


Dave Richardson

Available Colors
Nero Diablo
Stock Status
In Stock
MSRP: $13,190.00
Demo disc.: -$1,200.00
Demo price: $11,990.00
Freight: $500.00
Set-up: $310.00
Document fee: $50.00
Subtotal: $12,850.00
Tax: $1,336.40
License: $260.00
Total: $14,446.40

*Tax and license fees apply to Washington State residents only.