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Old 08-21-2013, 06:02 PM   #6346
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Hello fellow inmates!

Well here I discover this awesome Guzzi / Stelvio thread tonight... and I will be flying to Italy in 4 days for a 3 week trip on a brand new rented Stelvio 2013. But I am quite overwhelmed by the 424 pages of infos... can anyone give me some words of advice (things to watch out for, gadgets to bring) before I leave home?

ps: travelling with my wife. purchased some new mesh jackets as the Klim ones are too hot for the south of Italy. Will bring my own GPS.

Thanks in advance
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #6347
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Hello fellow inmates!

ps: travelling with my wife.
Get her a back rest, keep her happy.

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #6348
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Hello fellow inmates!

Well here I discover this awesome Guzzi / Stelvio thread tonight... and I will be flying to Italy in 4 days for a 3 week trip on a brand new rented Stelvio 2013. But I am quite overwhelmed by the 424 pages of infos... can anyone give me some words of advice (things to watch out for, gadgets to bring) before I leave home?

ps: travelling with my wife. purchased some new mesh jackets as the Klim ones are too hot for the south of Italy. Will bring my own GPS.

Thanks in advance
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I'd agree that a topbox with a backrest would be worth the effort and $$$ if it can happen.

If the stock Auxiliary lights are on it, either don't turn them on or disconnect them if you think you might by accident. If they are not fused you may very well end up with some electrical trouble. The easiest is just never turn them on, you don't really need them anyway as the twin headlights throw a great spread of light.

It might be worth your while to pop the seat and make sure the battery connections are tight once in a while along the way.

Other than that you should be good to go.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:08 PM   #6349
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Thanks for the links Demar, I'm starting to get keyed into the Guzzi world. I need to join MGNOC.

We (wife and I) are planning to attend the "not a rally" event at Big Basin State Park. I spoke with Pierre this morning and there's plenty of camp space left. It's nice they are providing the meals (except lunch), that makes things so much easier.

We'll ride up Hwy 1 on Friday, that should be a nice ride. Hopefully the fog lifts early.

I'm looking forward to my first Guzzi gathering. This will also be our first trip camping off the bike so I have a bit of packing to work out.

I've ridden some of that area a couple decades ago and remember it being really pretty. I think the last time I rode to Alice's Restaurant was in the mid '80s.
Don't forget your red suspenders and corn cob pipe. (inside joke).

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:27 PM   #6350
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I'm gearing up for the Nata Rally in Big Basin this weekend.

http://www.nata-rally.org/

My first Guzzi Rally.

As a new Guzzi owner myself I really wanted to attend this event. But my work schedule won't allow it. I'm planning ahead so that I can attend the State Event in October! I'm looking forward to meeting other Northern California Moto Guzzi riders.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:09 AM   #6351
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Adam R, your driver is not connecting or is the wrong one, or the cable has the CH340 chip (will not work). If in windows, go to device manager and identify the hardware (cable), if it says anything with 340 in it, wrong cable. Notice in the first screen Danketchpel posted, at the bottom, says connected!
Got it going - turned out to be an old laptop that had fallen out with one of its USBs, used another - re-set the settings and away we went. TBs balanced. Just need much more fuel in there now to suit the pipe!
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:07 AM   #6352
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Moto Guzzi National Rally in Canada

So my wife and I left for the rally yesterday morning. We were making a week long trip out of it by traveling around Canada and Michigan a bit. I had thrown my back out badly last week but it was slowly getting better and past experience had shown that riding often actually helped my back. The back had gotten good enough that I could get on and off the bike without too much pain so off we went. Not sure what is different this time than previously but after about 130 miles we had to turn back. My back would often spasm severely with very minor movements (shifting, lifting my hand off the handlebar etc.) I had severe pain when just moving my feet on and off the pegs at stop lights. Finally I decided that it was bad enough that it was not only painful as hell but also unsafe and we headed back home. Getting an MRI this afternoon.

I'm not a huge fan of rallies but I was really looking forward to this one and meeting other Guzzi owners and some of you on this thread. Plus I really love riding the Stelvio and new I'd really enjoy a longer trip on her.

Oh by the way, I added a 10" Universal Laminar Lip mounted about even with the top of the windshield and it helps smooth out the air. It in combination with the vent I previously cut into the shield essentially eliminates the buffetting (90% gone) when the windshield is in the low position. It still has more than I like in the upper positions but I almost always run it all the way down anyway.

Anyway, all of you who are going have a good time and drink a Molson for me!
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:31 AM   #6353
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Wow, sorry to hear that XT Traveler. It sounds like you've got a disc that's gotten worse and is putting more pressure on the spinal cord. It's time for surgery if it's that severe. I watched my Bro go through that, no amount of therapy will help if there's a physical pinch on the nerves. An MRI is the only way to know for sure and where it's happening.

I think you were wise to turn back if it was that severe.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:33 AM   #6354
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Got it going - turned out to be an old laptop that had fallen out with one of its USBs, used another - re-set the settings and away we went. TBs balanced. Just need much more fuel in there now to suit the pipe!
Glad to hear it. Post up if you figure out any other features etc.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:04 AM   #6355
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So my wife and I left for the rally yesterday morning. We were making a week long trip out of it by traveling around Canada and Michigan a bit. I had thrown my back out badly last week but it was slowly getting better and past experience had shown that riding often actually helped my back. The back had gotten good enough that I could get on and off the bike without too much pain so off we went. Not sure what is different this time than previously but after about 130 miles we had to turn back. My back would often spasm severely with very minor movements (shifting, lifting my hand off the handlebar etc.) I had severe pain when just moving my feet on and off the pegs at stop lights. Finally I decided that it was bad enough that it was not only painful as hell but also unsafe and we headed back home. Getting an MRI this afternoon.

I'm not a huge fan of rallies but I was really looking forward to this one and meeting other Guzzi owners and some of you on this thread. Plus I really love riding the Stelvio and new I'd really enjoy a longer trip on her.

Oh by the way, I added a 10" Universal Laminar Lip mounted about even with the top of the windshield and it helps smooth out the air. It in combination with the vent I previously cut into the shield essentially eliminates the buffetting (90% gone) when the windshield is in the low position. It still has more than I like in the upper positions but I almost always run it all the way down anyway.

Anyway, all of you who are going have a good time and drink a Molson for me!
I had an MRI last week. Herniated L-4/L5. Having the Microdisectotomy done.

Good luck.

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:02 PM   #6356
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Just to make my day even better, I received the recall letter re: Suspension.

The fix takes 1 hour.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:02 PM   #6357
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Thanks for the backrest and auxiliary light suggestion. I'll look into it. But why?

Also, what is the dimension of the NTX aluminium sidecases and top case? I am trying to figure out my final luggage before going to the airport in a few days...

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #6358
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I called Piaggio and the dealer today and my bike is not on the recall list.

I am not much of a two up rider myself but have found that if the passenger has a back rest they tend to relax more, lean back, and enjoy the ride. This also relieves stress on the rider.

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:08 PM   #6359
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Just to make my day even better, I received the recall letter re: Suspension.

The fix takes 1 hour.
Just got my recall letter today as well.

Will see about getting it taken care of next week. Until then, gonna ride!!!

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #6360
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I called Piaggio and the dealer today and my bike is not on the recall list.
That's good news....and unusual in that the bike was the first Stelvio NTX in Colorado so likely an early build.
Maybe my good karma rubbed off on it

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I am not much of a two up rider myself but have found that if the passenger has a back rest they tend to relax more, lean back, and enjoy the ride. This also relieves stress on the rider.
Jeanne loved the top case - it was her 'purse' (I got the tankbag) and made the 5,500 mile trip the best she's taken on the back of a bike yet.

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