• Dec 1, 2007
Italy, the boot-shaped country long associated with fast cars and fast bikes has yet another category for which they are becoming synonymous: Adventure Tourers. Ducati came out of the gate with the Multistrada, Binelli birthed the Tre K and now Moto Morini and Moto Guzzi crash the party with the Granpasso 1200 and Stelvio 1200 respectively. These are the Sport Utility Vehicles of the motorcycle world, and they might go off-road just as often... as in almost never. But, at least you know that when you do, you'll have a good time. Just as with SUV's, these SUM's vary in their degree of serious off-road credibility, and neither of these new Italian V-Twin's appear ready for the Rubicon, so to speak. But, a little soft-roading and some exploration are certainly inline with their specification sheets. Ample ground clearance, skid plates and luggage carrying are the name of the game here, so pack your bags and head towards the hills.



[Source: Moto Guzzi and Moto Morini]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      There's this BF rock-strewn 'road' on the south end of Lefkada that goes about 8-10 km to a lighthouse. Supposedly where the poet Sappho leaped to her death around 6BC. Lord Byron wrote a poem, etc...

      I once did this path/road on a honda 250cc 'chopper' from a rental company while the other couples used 50cc scooters...all of us two up. Sure would have been nice with a BMW GS1000 (now 1250?) or this bike.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most of the rumors have it showing up in the US 3Q or 4Q of next year and no specified price yet. I'm guessing under $15K US. Watch http://www.motoguzzi-us.com/ or WildGuzzi.com for more information. We just got the 1200 Sport and the Griso 8V should be 2Q/08
      • 7 Years Ago
      no mention of cost at all there...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Putting a skid-tin under the motor does not an adventure bike make. Looks like a cool ride, just not what I'd use to navigate alledged roads and trails.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's this BF rock-strewn 'road' on the south end of Lefkada that goes about 8-10 km to a lighthouse. Supposedly where the poet Sappho leaped to her death around 6BC. Lord Byron wrote a poem, etc...

      I once did this path/road on a honda 250cc 'chopper' from a rental company while the other couples used 50cc scooters...all of us two up. Sure would have been nice with a BMW GS1000 (now 1250?) or this bike.