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Old 08-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #2881
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These are the bags I want:



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"The kit bags dedicated to Moto Guzzi Stelvio is characterized by painted in body color and a total volume of 60 liters. The pair of bags has been designed with the utmost attention to the functionality and finishes. The coupling system the bike has been designed so that fit perfectly in the line of the tail, thanks to specific media bags integrated into the tail, and the unified key makes it practical and functional."

Pricing:
- ~$985/pr Black or Silver
- ~$1,125/pr Orange
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #2882
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First Impressions

I took my new Stelvio out for a shakedown ride when I got home from the
dealer. I put about fifty miles on...here is what I think.

What a slick shifting transmission! That has to be one of the nicest gearboxes I haver ever experienced on a motorcycle.

Torque everywhere. Handling is good. My right hand protector buzzes at about 3,500 rpm and is driving me crazy.

The side cases rattle a little when on a bumpy road, anyone else have this problem?

Overall I love the bike!

There's not much info in the owners manual about break in so I kept it under 4,000 for my ride. I now have 53 miles on her.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:02 PM   #2883
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Don't baby the engine. The book says to stay below 6.5K and that's probably good advice but you still need to really romp on it in 2-3-4 with some full throttle runs to make sure the rings get seated. OK, this is just my opinion but it really worked on my NTX earlier this month. I just did 4K miles and did not burn a drop of oil. Oh, I changed the oil at 60 miles to clear out any fine metal swarf I had dislodged in that distance. There was almost no swarf on the magnetic drain plug but I like to be safe since I'm stressing the engine early on. My latest oil change, at 4K, was just as clean when it came to the magnetic plug.
As for the rattle from the bags: take a look at the lower part of the rack. You should see two rubber bumpers on each side. They are about 3/4" in diameter. One of mine is already missing. It seems that they stick to the bags when putting the bags on or taking them off, which pulls the bumper out of its hole. I have already ordered 4 new ones and intend to try super glue to hold them in place. I'll also smear some lube on the mating surface so the bags can slide more easily. The rubber bits cost about $1 each from the dealer.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #2884
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dirtymartini;
Don't baby the engine. The book says to stay below 6.5K and that's probably good advice but you still need to really romp on it in 2-3-4 with some full throttle runs to make sure the rings get seated. OK, this is just my opinion but it really worked on my NTX earlier this month. I just did 4K miles and did not burn a drop of oil. Oh, I changed the oil at 60 miles to clear out any fine metal swarf I had dislodged in that distance. There was almost no swarf on the magnetic drain plug but I like to be safe since I'm stressing the engine early on. My latest oil change, at 4K, was just as clean when it came to the magnetic plug.
As for the rattle from the bags: take a look at the lower part of the rack. You should see two rubber bumpers on each side. They are about 3/4" in diameter. One of mine is already missing. It seems that they stick to the bags when putting the bags on or taking them off, which pulls the bumper out of its hole. I have already ordered 4 new ones and intend to try super glue to hold them in place. I'll also smear some lube on the mating surface so the bags can slide more easily. The rubber bits cost about $1 each from the dealer.
Thanks for that. I was giving it a handful of throttle up to about 4,000 rpm then decelerating. I was on mostly all back roads so I could vary the rpm's quite a bit. I hope to get out tomorrow morning to put some more miles on.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #2885
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I know I missed the fight already, but your dealer can order the cast wheels for the current Stelvio NTX.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #2886
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Repeat after me: "the Stelvio is not a dirt bike".

The bags are pretty beat up and I have to replace the left-side mirror and handlebar controls and the windshield, but there were no injuries to me and I was able to ride the bike 250+ miles back home without any major issues.
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I found your story and passed it on to Frank Wedge, editor of MGNOC news. If you like he would like to put your adventure in the newsletter. If interested please contact him at mgnochq@cox.net
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #2887
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These are the bags I want:
Pricing:
- ~$985/pr Black or Silver
- ~$1,125/pr Orange
Those are the Norge bags, they come in red too - and work pretty well on the 1200 Sport and Breva too.

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:03 PM   #2888
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Those are the Norge bags, they come in red too - and work pretty well on the 1200 Sport and Breva too.

You're right - those bags look great on that bike too! I'm really hoping that MG/Piaggio imports the Stelvio 1200 8V (w/ cast wheels) for 2013. Those bags and cast wheels. Sweetness.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #2889
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dirtymartini;
Don't baby the engine. The book says to stay below 6.5K and that's probably good advice but you still need to really romp on it in 2-3-4 with some full throttle runs to make sure the rings get seated.
+1

The shift light is set at 6500rpm for break in. Light it up. You need to really get on the big girl and give her a thrashing. Up and down through the gears. Don't bounce it off the rev limiter, but don't worry you'll hurt it by blinking the light now and again.

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:48 AM   #2890
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Those are the standard bags on most of the Stelvios I've seen on this side of the pond. NTX has the big square ones as standard.

There's 2 sets on ebay.co.uk in white at the moment.
item # 251135442147
item # 150809355114
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:51 AM   #2891
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My right hand protector buzzes at about 3,500 rpm and is driving me crazy.
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Mine did this, too...drove me nuts.

Try this: Loosen the bar end and the mirror stalk...rotate the handguard slightly forward and snug everything back up. This seemed to "lock" everything in place, or at least stopped everything from resonating.

That, or I cut a ~1/4 inch slice from a rubber hose, and wedged it between the master cylinder and the handguard to absorb vibes. It worked, too, until it wiggled its way out one day on a longer ride.

Both worked worked with mine...and only take a second to try.

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Old 08-31-2012, 06:02 AM   #2892
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These are the bags I want:



Translation:
"The kit bags dedicated to Moto Guzzi Stelvio is characterized by painted in body color and a total volume of 60 liters. The pair of bags has been designed with the utmost attention to the functionality and finishes. The coupling system the bike has been designed so that fit perfectly in the line of the tail, thanks to specific media bags integrated into the tail, and the unified key makes it practical and functional."

Pricing:
- ~$985/pr Black or Silver
- ~$1,125/pr Orange
I have them. they are pretty good - look better on norge/Breva i think. the Stelvio LH pannier is a bit tight and awkward for space but the thing that really hacks me off is that they leak - the shape means the front top corner isn't clamped so tightly, especially on the left one.

Oh well, everything goes in bags. Mind you - most things leak in the amount of rain we are getting nowadays :/
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:46 AM   #2893
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+1

The shift light is set at 6500rpm for break in. Light it up. You need to really get on the big girl and give her a thrashing. Up and down through the gears. Don't bounce it off the rev limiter, but don't worry you'll hurt it by blinking the light now and again.

-SM
Thanks SM. I'll take that Italian hussy out today and give her the workout she deserves for seducing me
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #2894
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Those are the standard bags on most of the Stelvios I've seen on this side of the pond. NTX has the big square ones as standard.

There's 2 sets on ebay.co.uk in white at the moment.
item # 251135442147
item # 150809355114
Thanks. I'll check these out. They can always be repainted.

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I have them. they are pretty good - look better on norge/Breva i think. the Stelvio LH pannier is a bit tight and awkward for space but the thing that really hacks me off is that they leak - the shape means the front top corner isn't clamped so tightly, especially on the left one.

Oh well, everything goes in bags. Mind you - most things leak in the amount of rain we are getting nowadays :/
Hmmm.... This is concerning. I always use bag liners, but it sounds like dry bags would make more sense.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:46 PM   #2895
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Thanks SM. I'll take that Italian hussy out today and give her the workout she deserves for seducing me
I'm liking this bike more every time I ride it. Damn Italian seductress She likes to be ridden hard
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