Friday, August 29, 2008

Moto Morini Granpasso riding impression


The Moto Morini Granpasso. The adventure-tourer for those who want an Italian-built R1200GS?
Pics: Two Wheels Blog

With its new Granpasso, Moto Morini are taking on similar adventure-sport bikes from BMW, KTM, Ducati, Triumph and others. Solomoto recently had the opportunity to ride the Granpasso, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the machine:

The Granpasso looks distinctive, with its twin headlamps lending an aggressive touch to the design. The engine guard mounted below that v-twin adds the right off-road styling touch, as does the 19-inch front wheel.

Moto Morini have retuned their 1,187cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC v-twin for the Granpasso. The 118bhp engine has been fettled to produce more torque at lower revs. The fuel-injection system has been remapped, the exhaust system is all new, and according to Morini’s chief engineer, Franco Lambertini, engine internals have been reworked for more efficient combustion and better fuel economy.


The Granpasso is fast, stable and all-terrain-capable

The fuel tank takes 27 litres of petrol, which should be enough for a range of more than 300km. The bike is, generally, large, with wide handlebars and a spacious, upright seating position. Seat height, though, is all of 870mm – you need to be tall in order to be able to ride this bike properly!

At 210kg, the Granpasso isn’t very heavy and the smooth power delivery at low revs makes it easy to ride the bike in traffic. On winding, curvy roads, the Granpasso feels effortless and the adjustable screen offers adequate wind/rain protection. The bike’s overall performance and sheer versatility could make this the most successful bike in the Moto Morini lineup…

Full ride report on Solomoto here. Also see Motorcyclist mag's riding impression of this bike here


Pics of the 2009 Moto Morini Granpasso, now available with an optional lower seat

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Elsewhere today:
Moriwaki MD250H picture gallery...
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 riding impression...
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For Moto Revue's riding impression of the Moto Morini 1200 Sport, see here

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