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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-16-2015, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Ham, That's interesting. I've never...

Ham,

That's interesting. I've never thought about washing the windshield and bike before when I gas up. That stuff only happens at the end of a trip. :D
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-14-2015, 03:21 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
That may be true -- my engine is AC 012710 -- but...

That may be true -- my engine is AC 012710 -- but I've always been a "Trust, but Verify" kind of guy.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-13-2015, 01:15 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
The side cases are made by Trax. I've seen...

The side cases are made by Trax. I've seen several NTX's set up with the Trax square shaped top box. Twisted Throttle (I think) handles Trax equipment, they should be able to assist you.

I...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-13-2015, 12:28 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
That's not necessarily true. My '12 NTX,...

That's not necessarily true. My '12 NTX, manufactured in Feb, '12, purchased in June, '12, has roller tappets. I suggest you have the owner/dealer lift one rocker arm cover and look inside. It will...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-09-2015, 08:04 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Bob, I have used the OEM filters in my NTX since...

Bob, I have used the OEM filters in my NTX since the bike was new. I buy them from a dealer and always keep an extra on the shelf. Relative to oil -- I have always used the recommended 10W-60 Full...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-25-2015, 10:28 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Jim B. is a very interesting guy. Lots of...

Jim B. is a very interesting guy. Lots of experience and a real Guzzi enthusiast. I really enjoy working with him.

However, he's not exactly in my back yard. He is actually ~375 miles from...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-25-2015, 06:00 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I bought my Stelvio NTX from Jim B. at Rose Farms...

I bought my Stelvio NTX from Jim B. at Rose Farms in Woodstock, IL. Highly recommend him.

I have been to the dealership in Robinson, Il once to buy oil and look at their stock but have no...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-22-2015, 03:34 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Mine measures almost 7" high and 41" wide with...

Mine measures almost 7" high and 41" wide with the sides mounted. It also has the front wheel vise mounted although it can be removed.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-20-2015, 01:19 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I recently did the forks on my Stelvio with the...

I recently did the forks on my Stelvio with the bike on the lift front end first. I had the bike on the centerstand with wooden blocks under the engine that forced the rear tire to the lift surface....
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-20-2015, 06:27 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
My experience is similar to Bob's, no damage to...

My experience is similar to Bob's, no damage to the floor. My lift sits basically in the same location in the third bay of the garage so it doesn't get moved much.

The upside of having the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-19-2015, 09:20 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Good point Peter. I've always figured to be able...

Good point Peter. I've always figured to be able to use my Handy Lift and Coats tire changer for however long and then sell them at near what they cost new.

A similar approach goes for the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-19-2015, 03:22 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I have used a Handy Lift for the last 15 years or...

I have used a Handy Lift for the last 15 years or so. Lifts my bike to about 30" above the garage floor. Operates on air pressure. Not the least expensive but very stable and durable. Many bike...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-18-2015, 08:06 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Good. Well let me tease your thinking just a bit...

Good. Well let me tease your thinking just a bit more. In addition to The MGNOC Guzzi National in John Day, OR on 6/23-6/26, the Guzzi events The Deep Forest Campout in Randle, WA will probably be...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-17-2015, 10:57 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Not this year, too many conflicts. However, next...

Not this year, too many conflicts. However, next year at John Day, OR is already on the riding calendar.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-06-2015, 03:22 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Yes, I have mine set up with a Rostra Electronic...

Yes, I have mine set up with a Rostra Electronic CC. Works like a car.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-09-2014, 04:08 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
To clarify the weights of the two available...

To clarify the weights of the two available combinations for the '12 and onwards Stelvio bikes --

Front Wheel Assembly (with internal spacer, bearings and seals) -- Spoked Wheel (OEM equipment...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-01-2014, 04:01 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
We have seen/heard a lot of discussion about the...

We have seen/heard a lot of discussion about the Heidenau K-60 Sport tires on the Stelvios. Does anyone have experience with the Heidenau K-76 tires? They are a block style tire, not as aggressive as...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-18-2014, 05:35 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Tom, There is adequate space on the...

Tom,

There is adequate space on the right side to add a piece of 6" PVC pipe for your storage. I used the green PVC (thinner wall) about 15" long with a cap on the forward end and a screw...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-17-2014, 03:23 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I have my Fuzeblock under the right side of the...

I have my Fuzeblock under the right side of the passenger's seat. To pick up switched power, I connected to the wiring for the electric plug-in that is right there.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-14-2014, 11:05 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Frankly, I find the Stelvio to be a very easy...

Frankly, I find the Stelvio to be a very easy bike to ride and control, no wrestling involved.

My use is long distance touring and camping trips, so I'm always heavily loaded. The bike is nicely...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-14-2014, 07:52 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Sage advice my friend. In my experience, the...

Sage advice my friend. In my experience, the Stelvio is a very good, do everything type of bike. My '12 NTX now has 25K miles on it and continues to run very well. Yes, there were some issues that...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-26-2014, 02:50 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
SM, I installed a Rostra Electronic CC...

SM,

I installed a Rostra Electronic CC on mine shortly after buying it. I had used the same unit on a 650 Strom before I sold it. It drives basically like the unit in your...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-04-2014, 10:15 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Mike, Some may not realize the Pyro Dan...

Mike,

Some may not realize the Pyro Dan is a long time Guzzi enthusiast and one of the main organizers of the annual Wisconsin Guzzi Rally that is held at Lake Joy Campground in the SW part of...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 09-20-2014, 06:49 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
, Ham, I suspect that bike was a...

,

Ham,

I suspect that bike was a Model Stelvio 8V and was set up with Norge style rear cases, which were probably color matched. It's a cool setup.

That top case looks like it...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 09-19-2014, 06:46 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
First, the cast wheels are virtually identical in...

First, the cast wheels are virtually identical in weight. I've got the actual readings from when I changed from spoke-to-cast on my '12 NTX but I'm not at home and will not be back for another two...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 09-11-2014, 04:31 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Peter, Have a great time at Willville. I was...

Peter, Have a great time at Willville. I was there earlier in the year and it is a very nice place to spend a weekend. Very good roads in the general area. Don't worry about the rain. A good ride...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 08-22-2014, 10:09 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
SM, Just checked mine and I have a crack...

SM,

Just checked mine and I have a crack on the rear side of the left light bracket. The right seems to be OK. Guess I'll have to do something before I go back on the road. Thanks for the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 08-22-2014, 03:50 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Peter, I have a set of the smaller lights...

Peter,

I have a set of the smaller lights (10W) like yours mounted in the same position, but on the thinner brackets. No problems as of yet, 10K miles. I think the fact that the lights are...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-07-2014, 03:42 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
If it has a shaft drive, I'm interested. If they...

If it has a shaft drive, I'm interested. If they use a chain, I'll stick with my Stelvio.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 08-06-2014, 04:25 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I've never had mine mounted on the bike. Do they...

I've never had mine mounted on the bike. Do they do something of significance or do they just cause future problems with removal of the tank?
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 07-23-2014, 04:05 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Zipp, I've got 22K miles on mine in two...

Zipp,

I've got 22K miles on mine in two years in long distance touring and camping trips. I've had the same types of problems that the other riders have had. Once fixed, the bike just runs...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 07-21-2014, 06:13 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Contact "Fortrider" via PM. He and his wife own...

Contact "Fortrider" via PM. He and his wife own the Guzzi dealership in Fort Collins, CO and he has lowered her Stelvio since she is also "vertically challenged". I think the solution is the Griso...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 07-05-2014, 03:08 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Steve, I'm somewhat OK but at home,...

Steve,

I'm somewhat OK but at home, thanks for asking. I'm trying to deal with some recent health issues and felt the trip to CO was just too risky for me at this time.

Chuck
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-25-2014, 03:55 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I'm leaving tomorrow (Thursday) early AM. Expect...

I'm leaving tomorrow (Thursday) early AM. Expect to be there mid-
afternoon. Will be looking forward to seeing you. May even have a cool one when you arrive.

Ride safe.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-06-2014, 01:46 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
+1 on this. I'll pick them up at the rally.

+1 on this. I'll pick them up at the rally.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 05-20-2014, 12:38 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Witch, I'll be looking for you and your...

Witch,

I'll be looking for you and your wife at both rallies. I have the CO "Stelvio Only Rally" sandwiched in between VA and IA. I'll be stopping in Elkader on the way back east from Fort...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 05-20-2014, 10:57 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Well, let me give you my experience. I bought my...

Well, let me give you my experience. I bought my '12 NTX after five years of looking, testing, talking about Guzzis. I finally wanted to experience that "soul and character" thing the owners talked...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 05-06-2014, 10:42 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
Loosely loop a wire-tie around the spark plug...

Loosely loop a wire-tie around the spark plug boot and then, with the wire-tie in the 90 degree angle of the boot, pull with your finger in the loop. I just pull gently and move the tie back and...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-26-2014, 03:04 AM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
I have a Laminar Touring Lip that was used for a...

I have a Laminar Touring Lip that was used for a short time on a Wee-Strom. It fits the stock NTX windshield quite well and gives me adequate protection with the shield near the bottom and seat in...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-23-2014, 01:14 PM
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Posted By Chuck in Indiana
WC, My riding schedule takes me to the VA...

WC,

My riding schedule takes me to the VA Regional Rally the last weekend in June. Then, as Fortrider said above, my plan is to do the Stelvio ride in CO the weekend of July 4-6. On the way...
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