My introduction is well after due date. I am a happy GRiSO owner who lives to the far south of Norway. A 2008 black GRiSO 8V with the A5 engine has been mine for one year now.
I have been following this forum since last summer and the pinnacle is of course the development of the famous FU2-maps.
Gave up my last motorcycle, a Z750, before getting a family. I tried for more than 20 years to compensate by riding mountain bikes, and the springtime abstinence for an engine between my legs seemed to fade somewhat over the years. But when one of my daughters wanted a KTM lightweight a couple of years ago, I found that now was the time to step into the fold if I ever wanted to ride a real motorcycle again. I discovered that traffic wasn't as bad as I feared, the roads were even safer now, and it’s primarily your own actions that define risk.
Having begun to read ads I stumbled upon a green 2006 GRiSO 850 at a reasonable price, but I was the second caller, so luckily I lost that one. I was already sold on the stunning look and of course the low maintenance shaft drive. Furthermore, I found lots of favourable reviews at various websites both from professional testers as well as happy owners.
So when the next ad emerged with a twice as expensive 8V it was just to press "buy now" before anyone else did. PO had a crash in 2010 after riding only half a season and about 6000 km; and then he sold her back to the dealer. The rebuild was only done last year when I spotted the ad. After making the deal I waited almost a month before I could pick her up. Ten ecstatic hours of driving home from the dealer and I was convinced that this was the right choice and that I had struck gold.
Only concern now is fear of losing some of the short riding season due to a flat-tappet breakdown in my wet and cold climate. Having both observed mayonnaise under the head covers as well as the problem of getting engine oil warmed up in cool weather. A RR-temperature dipstick makes it easier to check temperature before shutting down.
- Zard cat/db
- Acerbis Dual Road hand guards
- Oxford heated grips
- GRiSO windscreen painted black
- USB-power outlet
- Morgan Carbtune
Tested and rejected (will give away the first three for postage):
- Mistral alu hi-pipe mounted at delivery, did not like the look, to loud without the db-killer, fine with one, but no street legal documentations.
- Finebau Corsa Corta AFR Interceptor, minor improvements could be detected, but adjusting outside a very narrow band gave me the unwanted service warning.
- Rexxer User, tool is ok, but I think it’s overprized and quite restricted for personal mapping-use due to the propriety formats. Map received was only a bit richer than the original, probably based on a general assumption of all bikes being lean. Did run ok, but a bastard copy of a 68 map and Guzzidiag was even better.
- Running the bike without an airfilter (as delivered).
- Original exhaust-pipe, good driveability, but too much weight hanging of the side of the bike.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]