:Moto Guzzi's Griso has the full suite of Mafia attributes: slick styling, gruff voice, menacing aura and trigger-happy response.
I've just been riding the Mafia mobster of motorcycles, one not easily available in South Africa but with a lumpy suit, designer labels and a palpably menacing aura - even the gruff voice and trigger-happy response.
Moto Guzzi's Griso has it all.
Although at first it doesn't look that big, it feels a tad larger than life to ride, with its wide spread of bars and broad waist. You perch atop it as you would a bucking bull and initially it doesn't feel natural - though a taller rider might disagree.
Then you fire her up and, by golly, you know there's something home. Quite apart from the testosterone-addled noise, the 1151cc twin-cylinder V mounted across the frame imparts a characteristic side-to-side throb; a potent call to arms that should be heeded because there's plenty to like.