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Forum: Beasts 06-30-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Stelvio back from Prudhoe

To everyone on this forum who made my dream of reaching Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on a motorcycle possible...I say a giant THANK YOU. Your recommendation in regards to tires (Heidenau), various upgrades,...
Forum: Beasts 06-14-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Heidenau K60

Heidenau K60's mounted yesterday, front and rear. What tire pressure would you recommend for fully loaded solo highway riding? Thanks, Mike.
Forum: Beasts 05-25-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Thank you guys. I ordered the Heidenau's last...

Thank you guys. I ordered the Heidenau's last night and will mount them shortly before the trip. Thanks for the link to Adventure Cycleworks. I will need an oil change and a valve adjust half way...
Forum: Beasts 05-24-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Speaking of tires....

Hello...I am planning my third trip to Alaska and would like to make it up to Prudhoe Bay for the first time. I will be leaving from NJ. One way is 5000 miles give or take. My question is:
Should...
Forum: Beasts 02-15-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
OK...I get it...article was about design and MCN...

OK...I get it...article was about design and MCN is good rag. Whatever. Been a subscriber since mid nineties. Issue I have, is that when The Stelvio first came out, Glynn Kerr dedicated the better...
Forum: Beasts 02-14-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Motorcycle Consumer News Calls Stelvio a Copycat

Latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News states that the Stelvio along with the Yamaha Super Tenere, and the Triumph Explorere are basically copies of the best selling BMW GS. Writer states it is...
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
THATS It! Now you've done it...not only is my...

THATS It! Now you've done it...not only is my overall mileage low but now I don't even need ATC cause my riding style is pathetic. I'm going out right now and pulling 1200 mile days in the middle of...
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2013, 06:34 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Dumb, Delusional, Arrogant...sure is fun getting...

Dumb, Delusional, Arrogant...sure is fun getting in a pissing contest with you. Nonetheless, I purchased the bike and the ATC was off...never really could tell the difference when the ATC was turned...
Forum: Beasts 02-01-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
[QUOTE=Precis;20629976]I think that's the point -...

[QUOTE=Precis;20629976]I think that's the point - you shouldn't know it's there - until you need it and it saves your life, then it climbs back in its box and goes back to sleep. IMHO, turning off...
Forum: Beasts 02-01-2013, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Speaking of Traction Control, do the majority of...

Speaking of Traction Control, do the majority of NTX owners ride with the ATC on or off?
I picked up my 2013 NTX in December and have put about 500 miles on the bike both with ATC on and off....
Forum: Beasts 01-18-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
My 2013 Stelvio NTX delivered on December 15,...

My 2013 Stelvio NTX delivered on December 15, 2012 had no heated grips. I had pre-ordered them before the price on them crashed so the dealer installed them for free along with the Euro turn signal...
Forum: Beasts 12-02-2012, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Laugh Stelvio Has Landed

E-mail from my local dealer stated that my 2013 Stelvio NTX has landed stateside. ETA is later this week for pick up. Heated Grips and Euro Turn signals being installed on day one.
Good Times!
...
Forum: Beasts 06-22-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Took the Plunge

Visited my local dealer in Pennsylvania and ordered a 2012 Lava Black NTX. To arrive sometime in August. Between this forum and the review in Motorcycle Consumer News, the decision was a no brainer....
Forum: GS Boxers 05-04-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11,394
Views: 2,149,337
Posted By MadMike20
Let's not forget about OBD III. Just a matter of...

Let's not forget about OBD III. Just a matter of time when cars send messages to "the Man" informing them of emissions compliance. If your check engine light comes on, you receive a letter from the...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-03-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 11,394
Views: 2,149,337
Posted By MadMike20
I'm going to throw ya a friendly disagreement and...

I'm going to throw ya a friendly disagreement and argue that the overall efficiency (CAFE standard) of a fleet is what is measured on a wide scale while pollution is measured with a maximum...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-03-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11,394
Views: 2,149,337
Posted By MadMike20
Regardless of your take, the ability to meet...

Regardless of your take, the ability to meet strict emissions requirements in the future will necessitate liquid cooling. Leaner engines produce less pollution but more heat. It’s all been said...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-03-2012, 07:55 AM
Replies: 11,394
Views: 2,149,337
Posted By MadMike20
Moto Guzzi went liquid..just a matter of time for...

Moto Guzzi went liquid..just a matter of time for all of the other players...

http://www.newscanon.com/moto-guzzi-california-1400-to-the-end-of-2012-with-the-liquid-cooling/
Forum: Airheads 01-29-2012, 07:55 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 73,001
Posted By MadMike20
Good ol' Friend

http://www.advrider.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=312611&stc=1&d=1327891190

Here’s a picture of my bike in front of my former office building. The year was 1999 and I was working on the...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2011, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
I purchased my 2007 Norge without a test ride....

I purchased my 2007 Norge without a test ride. Didn't like it initially. Removed the fairing and added a Breva headlight to make it a 1200 Breva-style with bags and a Memphis Shades windshield. Now I...
Forum: Beasts 11-14-2011, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
I hope they bring the NTX soon before they lose...

I hope they bring the NTX soon before they lose some sales to the new Triumph Explorer. Lucky for Moto Guzzi that the Triumph has less range with a 5.3 gallon fuel capacity. If it wasn't for this,...
Forum: Beasts 11-08-2011, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5,528
Views: 983,257
Posted By MadMike20
Pissed THIS SUCKS! This bike had all the boxes checked...

THIS SUCKS! This bike had all the boxes checked off for me. Shaftie, Cruise Control, etc., But 5.3 gallons, come on! I could have had the first generation Stelvio if I wanted limited range. This...
Forum: Beasts 11-01-2011, 08:29 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
I am also following this thread for any...

I am also following this thread for any developments regarding the 2012 Stelvio NTX. I am planning a trip to Alaska in 2012 and need a reliable bike to get me at least there and hopefully back. I...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-01-2011, 08:38 AM
Replies: 11,394
Views: 2,149,337
Posted By MadMike20
On more of a philosophical notion: Will the...

On more of a philosophical notion: Will the advent of the Wetheads herald in a new group of luddites that draw a line in the sand as to where progress should have stopped and not reared its ugly...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-29-2011, 03:17 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,557
Posted By MadMike20
I am looking to upgrade my 1991 R100GSPD with...

I am looking to upgrade my 1991 R100GSPD with 76,000 miles on the clock. I was stranded on 63rd and Madison, NYC yesterday after traffic ate up what was left of my severely undercharged battery. By...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2011, 06:00 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
No doubt and I completely agree. All I am saying...

No doubt and I completely agree. All I am saying is that when I mention Moto Guzzi to serious riders, not brand loyal zombies, the first thing that comes up is a dealer network. Again, I could care...
Forum: Beasts 10-17-2011, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
So the reason someone is interested in having...

So the reason someone is interested in having their options open regarding parts and service while being a thousand or two miles from home is because they want to see and be seen? All this so they...
Forum: Beasts 10-17-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Precis, your points are spot on and well taken....

Precis, your points are spot on and well taken. My 07 Norge has given me very little to whine about. A leaking fuel sender unit that I repaired with a little epoxy and a blown fuse traced to a short...
Forum: Beasts 10-17-2011, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Rubbadog, why replace the GS? Just curious...

Rubbadog, why replace the GS? Just curious because my main contenders for a 2012 model are the Adventure vs the new Stelvio. Both have their attributes but I would hate to pull the trigger on a new...
Forum: Beasts 10-06-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Thats classic! One dealership, two different...

Thats classic! One dealership, two different stories regarding one motorcycle. Add those scenarios to the three that I have been told from other dealers and we have a total of five stories. I think...
Forum: Beasts 10-02-2011, 08:12 AM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Frustration

This is a letter I sent to Piaggio Group. Just had to do it!

Dear Piaggiogroup,


The recent release of articles pertaining to the 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX all state that the motorcycle...
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2010, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Search for the NTX

Called a few surrounding dealerships around NJ/PA and asked that they keep me informed regarding NTX arrival times. One told me they could get one soon. The other said to not hold my breath. Sure...
Forum: Beasts 11-05-2007, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11,838
Views: 1,599,462
Posted By MadMike20
Stelvio Rocks

Having ridden over 70,000 miles on my R100GS/PD, I think an upgrade is in order. It looks like the Stelvio may be just what the doctor ordered. Air-cooled, normal fork ( as opposed to some A arm that...
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