Ghezzi-Brian Motard V-Twin

Ghezzi-Brian Moto Guzzi custom motorcycle
The Moto Guzzi Griso is one of the most distinctive motorcycles on the road today, with styling that polarizes opinions. And now the tuners Ghezzi-Brian, long associated with the Mandello del Lario factory, have created a kit for the Griso that’s just as controversial. It converts the long-legged roadster into a go-anywhere motard.

Ghezzi-Brian Moto Guzzi custom motorcycle
Ghezzi-Brian’s new bodywork hides the exposed chassis rails that bisect the tank on the stock bike. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing, but it will please some people. Others will welcome the new rear suspension setup, centered on a shock with ‘Dynamic Damping Action’.

Ghezzi-Brian Moto Guzzi custom motorcycle
This was designed by the Dutch company Tractive Suspension, which also had a hand in the development of BMW’s ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) systems. The difference is that the Ghezzi-Brian system automatically ‘tunes’ the suspension as the bike is ridden—up to 25,000 times per second, we’re told.

Ghezzi-Brian Moto Guzzi custom motorcycle
Other changes include lightweight Kineo spoked wheels with forged aluminum rims, which take tubeless tires. The Griso’s excellent ‘Quattrovalvole’ engine, a 1151cc transverse 90-degree V-Twin, is wisely left alone.

The Motard V-Twin is an interesting concept, and undoubtedly extends the Griso’s abilities on rougher terrain. But is it more desirable than the highly-acclaimed stock Griso?

Ghezzi-Brian Moto Guzzi custom motorcycle