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Old 07-08-2012, 09:27 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by davevv View Post
My 2V Norge doesn't actually "use" any oil either, but when I was just learning it's personality, it went through some. My bike doesn't like to be filled all the way up to the top mark on the stick. It is happy when the level is about half way in between the two marks. Whenever I would fill it to the top mark, it just blew the oil it didn't want out the breather until it was at it's happy place. Since I've left it at that point, it never changes. From what I can gather, this is fairly common with them.
Funny you mention that. Mine was exactly the same way, and I think it's a trait common to the 2v Norge. Same happy place too....about half way between the 2 marks on the stick. However, on mine, once there, it would "lose" oil, and not out the breather because the drain at the bottom of the airbox where the breather vented would be empty (I left the plug in so I could keep an eye on oil use). I never noticed any "drool" out of the exhaust indicating there was a bunch getting past the valves, and there was never any on the garage floor, so it was either burning just a wee bit, or a leaking just a wee bit somewhere, possibly only under pressure. Our roads are in such poor shape it was impossible to keep the engine clean so some could have been escaping from various gaskets and seals and it would just blend in with the other road crud. Who knows.....

Anyway, it's great to hear the 4v Stelvio doesn't seem to have an issue with using oil. If my local dealer was worth a farthing, I'd likely be looking to put one of these beasties in my garage. As it is, the nearest decent Guzzi shop is about 2-3hrs away, one way. Of course that only matters if it needs major work (routine maintenance is an easy DIY job on Guzzi's), but still, in the event of an "aww sh*t" event, I'd hate to have to rent a trailer and make a day of it just getting the bike to the shop.

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Current: 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX, 2008 Yamaha WR250R
Gone: Ducati Multistrada, Moto Guzzi Norge, BMW R1200GS, BMW F650 GS Dakar, KTM 520 EXC, Suzuki DRZ400E, and the list goes on.......
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