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Moto Morini Granpasso 1200
Engineers at the Bologna factory have concentrated on ergonomic changes and improvements to the off-road handling of the 118bhp v-twin. The handlebars have been upgraded with risers that allow greater adjustment, complementing the adjustable screen and allowing owners to tailor the riding position to suit their size/preferred riding position.
The redesigned seat decreases the riding height and is fitted with a moulded alloy heat shield underneath to screen the rider and the Öhlins rear shock from the single high level silencer. Morini have homologated the Granpasso for use with knobbly enduro style tyres, giving owners the option to fit dedicated tyres for off-road riding, and fitted high strength iron alloy motocross style footpegs too. These have removable rubber inserts, allowing riders to customise the bike for road or trail.
The Italian company’s goal was to build a
smoother, much more comfortable and very exciting motorcycle that would perform
significantly better off the road. So they developed new software for injection
engine control and moved the lambda sensor to the front cylinder exhaust pipe.
This translates into smoother power and torque across the low-to-mid rpm range,
reduces fuel consumption and even makes the CorsaCorta engine more reliable. The
1187cc liquid-cooled 87° V-twin is actually a detuned version of the 140hp
Corsaro engine powering the 2010 Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce and it develops
118 hp at 8,500 rpm and 103.6 Nm at 7,000 rpm. Because Granpasso’s engine
version doesn’t rev as high as that of the Corsaro, engineers have removed the
oil cooler that you would find on the performance naked bike simply because it
wasn’t needed any more.