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Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 09:29 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
The bikes are identical with the exception of...

The bikes are identical with the exception of color. Both will have some warts which you're going to have to deal with, you obviously know what they are from searching the web. I'd go with the...
Forum: Beasts 04-17-2014, 05:36 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
My '12 NTX has roller tappets. Your '13 probably...

My '12 NTX has roller tappets. Your '13 probably does also. Specs on my valve clearances are .006" Intake, .008" Exhaust.

Be particularly careful when you remove the spark plug cap. Lift...
Forum: Beasts 04-17-2014, 03:21 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Blake, Do you recall where did those...

Blake,

Do you recall where did those earlier dipsticks failed? Mine looks like the pictures that have been posted -- with the "plastic" looking material being at the top (with a finger loop...
Forum: Beasts 04-16-2014, 03:28 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
If you have to change them out (which I did), I...

If you have to change them out (which I did), I suggest you consider using Permatex Ultra Copper (Sensor Safe) High Temp RTV Silicone during reassembly. It's available from NAPA. It will give you a...
Forum: Beasts 04-16-2014, 03:12 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I'm with Peter on this one. I've not had to add...

I'm with Peter on this one. I've not had to add oil to my engine at any time between changes. Carrying the necessary wrench to remove the adapter plug (if I ever have to) is not a huge deal. And,...
Forum: Beasts 04-10-2014, 03:29 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Fort, How's the sign up for this event...

Fort,

How's the sign up for this event going? I still have it on my Riding Calendar, right between the VA Regional Guzzi Rally and The Guzzi National in IA, just haven't sent in my money. ...
Forum: Beasts 04-02-2014, 03:04 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I would suggest you contact "Fortrider" on this...

I would suggest you contact "Fortrider" on this website. He and his wife own "Beemers and More" (the Guzzi dealership) in Fort Collins, CO and both ride Stelvios and has lowered them. I believe the...
Forum: Beasts 03-25-2014, 01:14 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Lucidor, First, I certainly envy you...

Lucidor,

First, I certainly envy you for the wonderful trip you have planned. I hope it turns out great.

Second, to answer your question, your bike is an NTX, so it probably has...
Forum: Beasts 03-20-2014, 07:01 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Blue?? What's the world coming to??

Blue?? What's the world coming to??
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2014, 02:49 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Starting out with a full tank, I'll ride ~150...

Starting out with a full tank, I'll ride ~150 miles and then get off and walk around a bit (it's an age thing, to make sure my blood is circulating, not clotting), then back on the bike for the next...
Forum: Beasts 03-17-2014, 03:06 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I've done 600 mile days -- back to back -- on the...

I've done 600 mile days -- back to back -- on the stock seat. Last Spring I had a minor revision made to give me a bit more support under my upper thighs, retaining the stock seat configuration...
Forum: Beasts 03-15-2014, 05:58 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I ran 10K miles on a set of Anakee 3's last year...

I ran 10K miles on a set of Anakee 3's last year on my Stelvio NTX. Both tires could have gone another 1-2K before the wear bars. That mileage was virtually all loaded, solo, long distance touring.
Forum: Beasts 03-13-2014, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I had an '08 Concours C-14, now I have a '12...

I had an '08 Concours C-14, now I have a '12 Stelvio NTX. In my experience, the Stelvio is a better long distance touring machine because of the more upright seating position (less weight on my...
Forum: Beasts 03-10-2014, 10:50 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I'm a shrinking 5'11", 32" inseam, 200# in my...

I'm a shrinking 5'11", 32" inseam, 200# in my riding gear, 4 Score years, can pretty well flat foot my '12 Stelvio NTX when it's loaded, not quite without the load.

Ride safe.
Forum: Beasts 03-08-2014, 06:59 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
br, Do you have this Givi kit mounted on...

br,

Do you have this Givi kit mounted on the CalSci windshield or the OEM Stock windshield? If it is on the Givi, is there any reason to think the performance of the kit will be different on...
Forum: Beasts 03-03-2014, 02:43 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I'm cautious about using my Battery Tender. I...

I'm cautious about using my Battery Tender. I disconnect it as soon as the Green Light comes "On". For an extended period of time, I would hook up a timer situation so the charging only occurs for...
Forum: Beasts 02-21-2014, 02:53 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I'm ~200# in riding gear and carry ~80# on my...

I'm ~200# in riding gear and carry ~80# on my solo, long distance touring and camping trips. Settings are: Forks -- Compression, 2 Turns, Rebound, 2 Turns; Shock -- Pre-load, 20 Clicks, Damping, 22...
Forum: Beasts 02-20-2014, 06:57 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I agree, IMO Guzzi has a very good group of...

I agree, IMO Guzzi has a very good group of offerings in the market segments they choose to support. However, several (Griso, Stelvio, Norge) are in somewhat specialized markets with a small...
Forum: Beasts 02-15-2014, 02:43 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Good for you! Now it's time to start riding. ...

Good for you! Now it's time to start riding. There're a lot of good opportunities for rallies within 600 or so miles where you can see other Guzzis and talk to their owners. One of them is very...
Forum: Beasts 02-13-2014, 04:04 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
SM, I agree with you. My riding is long...

SM, I agree with you. My riding is long distance touring and camping trips. I set my LD touring trips at 600 miles/day. Normally, I run 150 miles, stop and walk around a bit, ride another 150...
Forum: Beasts 02-13-2014, 03:59 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
If your current bike has been meeting your riding...

If your current bike has been meeting your riding needs and has not been causing you problems, why change? Unless you plan/expect a change in your riding habits, the newer model offers only the...
Forum: Beasts 01-31-2014, 07:27 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
XT, Yes, I got them from Pro Italia. ...

XT,

Yes, I got them from Pro Italia. Service was fast, price very reasonable.

On your Scrambler wheels, there is a company in CA (I think) that specializes in rebuilding spoked wheels. ...
Forum: Beasts 01-30-2014, 03:38 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I've now changed my original spoke wheels for a...

I've now changed my original spoke wheels for a new set of the cast aluminum wheels and, for what it's worth, there's only a small weight differential between the two. The cast wheels are lighter --...
Forum: Beasts 01-29-2014, 03:30 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Just a half day?? Lucky you. I live in the...

Just a half day?? Lucky you. I live in the Great Middle (South of Indy) and everything is at least 500-600 miles from here. Consequently, my trips to the "good places" always start and end with...
Forum: Beasts 01-25-2014, 07:08 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Rob, Send a PM to Zoom Zoom (John Henry)...

Rob,

Send a PM to Zoom Zoom (John Henry) on the Wildguzzi website. He has the auxillary tank on his '09 and should be able to answer your questions.

Ride safe.
Forum: Beasts 01-25-2014, 03:41 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Twin, You're correct. Rider dependent,...

Twin,

You're correct. Rider dependent, all of the large bore (1200cc or so), shaft drive, Adv Touring bikes are capable of about the same tasks. The upright seating position, decent...
Forum: Beasts 01-17-2014, 03:45 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Steve, I've used an "E-Z Touring Motorcycle...

Steve,

I've used an "E-Z Touring Motorcycle Cover" for several years on various bikes. I use it to cover my Stelvio NTX with side cases and a Givi Rear Top Case. They're located in Bend, OR. and...
Forum: Beasts 01-17-2014, 10:36 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I measure it at 45mm in diameter. It's aluminum...

I measure it at 45mm in diameter. It's aluminum and held in place with an allen head capscrew.
Forum: Beasts 01-15-2014, 05:24 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Blakebird, What muffler/pipe did you have on...

Blakebird,

What muffler/pipe did you have on your Stelvio? Did you find that it was very much loader than the stock assembly?
Did you have to make any fueling changes when it was installed?
...
Forum: Beasts 01-05-2014, 03:30 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Wink Sorry Rob, but for some reason I can not post...

Sorry Rob, but for some reason I can not post pictures on this website. I tried when I installed the Cruise Control on my '12 and could not. The site info at the bottom of the page even tells me...
Forum: Beasts 01-04-2014, 02:59 AM
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Views: 2,455
Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Rob, I have a Laminar Touring Lip on my '12...

Rob,

I have a Laminar Touring Lip on my '12 with the Stock Windshield. It offers quite an improvement over just having the Windshield, at least for me. Edit: I believe the Windshield on your...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 12-18-2013, 08:29 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Fort, I've got this on my '14 Riding...

Fort,

I've got this on my '14 Riding Calendar. It's sandwiched between the Guzzi Regional in VA the previous weekend and the MGNOC National in IA the following weekend. I'm looking forward to...
Forum: Beasts 12-12-2013, 02:48 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I've got the three events on my calendar and the...

I've got the three events on my calendar and the reservations/money sent in for VA and IA. I might have to take a slightly different route (you guys will ride faster/longer than me) but I should be...
Forum: Beasts 12-11-2013, 04:09 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I've not seen any "Darkside Discussions" on this...

I've not seen any "Darkside Discussions" on this site relative to the Stelvio. However, there are significant numbers of riders who are running car tires on the rear end of their motorcycles.
...
Forum: Beasts 12-08-2013, 11:32 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I already have the VA Regional Rally (6/27-6/29)...

I already have the VA Regional Rally (6/27-6/29) and the IA National Rally (7/10-7/13) on my '14 Riding Calendar -- reserved and paid for. This event fits in the weekend between those two and, if I...
Forum: Beasts 12-07-2013, 03:51 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
[QUOTE=fortrider;22932535].... Daily commute is...

[QUOTE=fortrider;22932535].... Daily commute is 45 miles one way to work with at least 5 miles of dirt and sometimes I extend it to 15...[QUOTE]

You're fortunate, with your commuting riding,...
Forum: Beasts 11-28-2013, 03:51 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Sorry, there is no easy way. The torque specs on...

Sorry, there is no easy way. The torque specs on the pinch bolts is 88.5 inch-pounds (7.3 foot-pounds). They are very easily over-torqued, which causes the failure. The original pinch bolts were...
Forum: Beasts 11-26-2013, 03:10 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
From this side of the Equator we have no idea. I...

From this side of the Equator we have no idea. I suggest you try the MG-Australia website and see what colors they're showing as your options for '14. There are some years/models that we (the US)...
Forum: Beasts 11-17-2013, 02:54 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Kevin, That's certainly one way of looking...

Kevin,

That's certainly one way of looking at the situation. However, sometimes Guzzi riders look at BMW air/oil heads as a Guzzi with fallen tits. :wink: I guess it depends on your...
Forum: Beasts 11-17-2013, 10:51 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I can pretty well echo Peter's experience. I...

I can pretty well echo Peter's experience. I also have the second generation Spot, I bought it last Christmas. I have it mounted on the front brake reservoir (about 11" from my GPS) with a...
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