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Old 07-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #31
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Todd's tweak is not cheap at $500.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:40 AM   #32
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No, you are correct on that. I didn't say it would be cheap. There is, however, another alternative that I am investigating. I will report back.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #33
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Great write up Leafman. Thanks for sharing.


Guzzi's march towards world domination continues.....


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Old 07-03-2012, 12:48 PM   #34
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Lol, they have a long trip ahead of themselves !
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:17 PM   #35
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Lol, they have a long trip ahead of themselves !
Guzzi has really learned something that other MFG should also note. They listened to their customers, took the complaints, and fixed them. Larger tank, fixed heat grip controls, better headlight lamp looks, etc. They took a fantastic package and made it better...and cheaper. The bike is really a fantastic all around bike with little downsides. You don't hear any "it would be a condender if it were not for X,Y,Z". I was impressed enough to put down a deposit. I can not WAIT for it to show up.

They lowered the price of the Griso SE down to $12.5k and managed to make a fantastic looking bike even better with a leather seat and spoke rims.

Cali gets a full re-design next year.

V7 racer is selling better than expected and gets a new revised engine soon.

They are on a roll. Corn cob pipes and red suspenders are a thing of the past.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:53 AM   #36
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fuel economy compared to GS

Thanks for the excellent review, did I miss the economy comparison? I see the range is similar, so I would assume mid 30s mpg from both?
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:15 AM   #37
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I have not made a good fuel mileage test yet. I will do so and post later, after the bike is through the break-in period.

With the '09 model, I tended to get high 30's-low 40's. The problem is that this thing is difficult to ride conservatively for maximum fuel efficiency.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:55 AM   #38
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I have not made a good fuel mileage test yet. I will do so and post later, after the bike is through the break-in period.
My mileage has ranged between 39-41 around town/commuting and 42-45 on the road - pretty consistently.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #39
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Thank you for the good review
What about the service intervals on the NTX ? Oil changes, valve check...
How easy is it to perform service if you are not a mechanic ?
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:09 PM   #40
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What about the service intervals on the NTX ? Oil changes, valve check...
How easy is it to perform service if you are not a mechanic ?
Valve lash checks at 10k kilometers (6,200 miles). Easy to check, and if adjustment is required it's a simple task. Screw & locknut, not shim and bucket.
Once the engine has a few miles on it and is breaking in.... adjustments will likely be required less and less. The checking is easy to do.

Oil and filter changes are like any other bike - the specified oil is a 10w-60 full synthetic (Motorex is $18/liter and it takes 3.5)
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:29 PM   #41
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Valve lash checks at 10k kilometers (6,200 miles). Easy to check, and if adjustment is required it's a simple task. Screw & locknut, not shim and bucket.
Once the engine has a few miles on it and is breaking in.... adjustments will likely be required less and less. The checking is easy to do.

Oil and filter changes are like any other bike - the specified oil is a 10w-60 full synthetic (Motorex is $18/liter and it takes 3.5)
You can get the suggested agip delivered to your house for near $12 per liter.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:53 AM   #42
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Oil consumption?

Hiya Leaf,

Hope you're out having fun on the new Goose.

Quick question for you. How much oil, if any, have you consumed so far on the NTX? I went through about 250ml/1k miles on my 2V Norge, and heard from the red suspender crowd that was a bit high, so I'm curious of the new 4V motor is less thirsty for oil. That full-synth 60W stuff is a bit pricey at $17/liter.

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Old 07-05-2012, 11:10 AM   #43
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none of my 2V's used any oil at all, during break-in or after.

so far, at about 2300 miles the 4V has not used a drop.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #44
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none of my 2V's used any oil at all, during break-in or after.

so far, at about 2300 miles the 4V has not used a drop.
Thanks Blake. That was the story I had heard re. the 2V in my Norge, but the reality was different (and a bit disappointing). Not sure why.

A few more owners reporting "no oil usage" in the 4V motor will certainly be reassuring.

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Old 07-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #45
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Thanks Blake. That was the story I had heard re. the 2V in my Norge, but the reality was different (and a bit disappointing). Not sure why.

A few more owners reporting "no oil usage" in the 4V motor will certainly be reassuring.

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No oil usage in 1800 miles - now I know why the dealer smirked when I asked for a ltr when I got the bike
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