Moto Guzzi Heralds 2015 Griso 1200 8V SE and V7 Stone

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Updates for two of our favorite Guzzis

Yesterday, Moto Guzzi announced a September on sale date for the 2015 Griso 1200 8V SE and the 2015 V7 Stone. Hot on the heels of our recent test of the Griso (and just days before the publication of a shootout including the roadster), Moto Guzzi updates the Griso’s tough guy image. Additionally, Moto Guzzi’s best selling model, the V7 Stone (which just so happened to win the HepCat TooCool Millennial Shootout just two weeks ago), also receives some updates for the new model year. In case you might be wondering how we feel about having bikes we just tested become obsolete before the paint is dry on the stories’ pixels: We’re stoked! Now, we have to test these motorcycles again.

Read on for Guzzi’s press releases:


The Unmistakable Brute Looks Even Tougher

August 28, 2014 – The Moto Guzzi 1200 8v SE is an instinctive and boldly characterized machine – perhaps one of the most beguiling motorcycles in Moto Guzzi’s 93-year history. Its character is expressed in the non-conformist styling, which flows throughout the bike, from the frame and wheels to the steering plates and instrument panel covers, and ultimately through the exhaust – roaring like a P–51 Mustang. With a 1200cc 90° V-twin, fully adjustable suspension, and wide bars, the Griso is a thrill to ride, and an object of envy to look at – so much so, one wouldn’t need to travel so far from Mandello del Lario to find imitation.

The Moto Guzzi Griso is picture of masculinity and power, and with the new 2015 updates the expression is only visualized further. The new Rosso Trophy color conveys two fundamental elements that are at the base of Moto guzzi heritage – elegance and sportiness. Among the detailes that make it an authentic custom-built are the saddle red lining, matching red thread double-stitching, and the ever attractive spoke wheels with custom channels in Moto Guzzi red.

Special Edition Rosso Trophy (Matte) Outfitting:

  • Black chassis
  • New saddle with matching lining
  • Racing Footrests
  • Full black four valve power train
  • Black instrument panel covers
  • Spoke wheels

The 2015 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v SE in the US September 2014, and will carry a MSRP of $12,990.


Expands Foundation for the Brand’s Best-Selling Model, Redefining the Modern Classic

August 28, 2014 – Mandello del Lario’s best seller returns for model year 2015 offering more options than ever. The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, known for its retro style and timeless character, gets special attention reinforcing its modern vintage 70’s aesthetic. In 2015, the V7 Stone receives a make-over, enhancing its minimalist nature, transforming the chrome plating into black, with the exception of the engine, which retains the chromatic tones of the metal alloys and shine of the exhaust system. The rest of the motorcycle, from themirrors and shock absorbers to the mudguards and side panels, is updated with a complimentary dark tone, in a triumph of black. 2015 will expand the V7 Stone to three colors, each with a distinct expression of personality: sporty in the new gloss-finish “Rosso Corposo”, aggressive and in the militaristic satin-finish “Verde Agata”, and the sophisticated, yet stealth in the returning ever-popular “Matte Black”.

The V7 combines the best elements – reliability, style, and soul – with no shortage of eye-catching when parked, and an excess of smiles when riding. The 750cc, 90° V-twin engine is powerful and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable. With a 5.8 gallon metal tank, there will be no problem eating up miles, taking pleasure with improved engine functionality – greater torque and power even at low RPMs – making the V7 more efficient, with higher fuel economy and reduced emissions.

If there are few aesthetic details that betray their classically-inspired nature, many are the advantages of technological evolution: theMoto Guzzi V7 can cover over 250 miles with a tank of gas, requires limited service every 6,200 miles, has a maintenance free cardan shaft drive, and in 2015 an update to a new wet flywheel, replacing the previous dry alternator, slightly modifying the front of the 90° V-twin, thanks to a more compact and sleeker new cover.

The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone will arrive in US September 2014, and will carry a MSRP of $8,490.

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • Sentinel Sentinel on Aug 29, 2014

    BNC Zzzzzzz...

  • Cabinetmaker Cabinetmaker on Oct 06, 2014

    Looks like Europe will get ABS, six-speed tranny, and Traction Control in 2015. Do the google.

    • Rene Rene on Oct 31, 2014

      The Guzzi V7 has ABS and traction control in Europe. ABS is an obligation
      starting in the year 2015 for all motorcycles.