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Moto Morini Granpasso 1200
Granpasso 1200 has a feisty look that comes through in the trellis frame
underlining the Italian spirit and sporty nature of this Morini machine. The
aesthetics of the bike instantly convey agility and lightness: right from
the first glance, the bike assures an imposing personality and top flight
The Bialbero Corsacorta twin-cylinder engine.
Granpasso is a largedisplacement road Enduro installed with
the Bialbero CorsaCorta 1187 cc twin-cylinder engine. The engine is compact,
strongly characterized by the 87° V layout of the cylinders and an
innovative solution for the integral casing. This offers several advantages
over traditional solutions, resulting primarily the stiffness of the whole,
which makes the engine load bearing, thus simplifying the frame layout.
Mainstay of the chassis is the high-strength tubular trellis frame by Verlicchi based on an exclusive Moto Morini design. Wheelbase, steering rake and trail values are compact, especially considering the fact that this is an Enduro with a 1200 cc heart.
Swing arm and suspension.
The frame is backed up by excellent suspensions. At front is a sturdy Marzocchi Magnum with 50 mm-diameter upside down legs, with plates in a cast light alloy. The rear features a weighty twin swing arm shaped by hydroforming, an innovative construction technology using the deforming capacity of hydraulic pressure to enable production of non-welded pieces. The swing arm designed with this technology has advantages in terms of weight, but especially in structural rigidity. It is aided by a lateral single shock absorber from Öhlins with piggy back tank, which is multi-adjustable with external remote device in length, pre-load, rebound and compression damping.
Rims and tyres.
The Excel spoked rims in aluminium alloy mean that latest generation tubeless tyres can be mounted on the bike. These multi-functional tyres feature compounds that assure excellent grip on dry and wet surfaces when going long hauls in varying weather conditions and in total safety, even with a full load.
The Brembo systems with radial pump guarantee powerful and progressive decelerations, giving the rider optimum sensitivity for handling this challenging part of the riding experience. The pair of semi-floating discs with a diameter of 298 mm at front is worked by 2-piston floating callipers, a solution that ensures both power and modulability, appreciable on any asphalt surface and especially on surfaces with poor grip. At the rear is a 255 mm single disc with 2-piston floating calliper.
The fuel tank is built by Acerbis and complies with European
and U.S. standards. It has a capacity of 25 Litres
Small-sized and well integrated with the headlight fairing, the digital instrument panel is perfectly legible. The controls are easy to access as they are placed on the handgrip. Among the other functions of the instrumentation, the rider can view the outside temperature, the gear engaged, clock and maintenance intervals.
Built in stainless steel, the system is perfectly incorporated into the motorcycle design, becoming a characteristic feature of the bike. The sound of the Bialbero Corsacorta twin cylinder is full and powerful but thanks to some meticulous tuning and closed loop technology with trivalent catalytic converter and Lambda sensor, it has a low environmental impact with emissions that fall below the stringent Euro 3 emission standards.
MOTO MORINI COMPETIZIONE, the Moto Morini catalogue of accessories, dedicates to the Granpasso 1200 different items designed to enhance the comfort of the trip.
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: