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Old 03-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #4306
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"You certainly don't need blacktop - that's not what the Stelvio was built for"
Why do you think it was named the Stelvio - a famous paved road...
Stelvio pass was built - when? (About 1825, I think)
And paved - when?

Furthermore, the last time I rode it (admittedly too long ago - must get back there!) was in early Spring - and it was fairly badly potholed then.

You might as well suggest that the Isle of Man TT race course has always been a paved road - and you'd be wrong too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #4307
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Stelvio pass was built - when? (About 1825, I think)
And paved - when?

Furthermore, the last time I rode it (admittedly too long ago - must get back there!) was in early Spring - and it was fairly badly potholed then.
Let's just all agree that it's an amazing road (my favorite of all the alpine passes I've ridden), and a great name for a wonderful bike.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:20 AM   #4308
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Let's just all agree that it's an amazing road (my favorite of all the alpine passes I've ridden), and a great name for a wonderful bike.

Agree! These were taken on 2003 at the Giornate Mondiali Guzzi, riding my V7 classic. Loved every km of it



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Old 03-14-2013, 10:47 AM   #4309
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Roads?

I'll just leave this here and let everyone come to their own conclusions.



Stelvio 2 Stelvio from Danca on Vimeo.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:15 PM   #4310
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I'll just leave this here and let everyone come to their own conclusions.

Stelvio 2 Stelvio from Danca on Vimeo.
Great video! Thanks for posting it.

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Old 03-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #4311
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I'll just leave this here and let everyone come to their own conclusions.


Stelvio 2 Stelvio from Danca on Vimeo.
Brilliant! How much further are you going with this fantastic journey?
I rest my case - to just use a Stelvio on paved roads to waste a great deal of the motorcycle you bought & paid for - why not just get a GoldThing?
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:15 PM   #4312
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I guess it is time to dip my toe into this thread.

OK, So I bought a Stelvio from that Balkebird fellow and know that James Adams guy.

Does that mean I am in big trouble?

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:39 PM   #4313
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I guess it is time to dip my toe into this thread.

OK, So I bought a Stelvio from that Balkebird fellow and know that James Adams guy.

Does that mean I am in big trouble?

Marc
Congrats on the new beastie.

Nope, you're not in any trouble.....yet.

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Old 03-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #4314
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to just use a Stelvio on paved roads to waste a great deal of the motorcycle you bought & paid for - why not just get a GoldThing?
Because, the Goldwing likely costs more, has less soul and is not as individualistic.

So what if a Stelvio owner stays on pavement; does that mean he enjoys any less the absolutness of what a fantastic bike the Stelvio is? Is he enjoying the sweet vibe from that special transverse v-twin engine any less by not venturing off road? I think not!
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:23 PM   #4315
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I guess it is time to dip my toe into this thread.

OK, So I bought a Stelvio from that Balkebird fellow and know that James Adams guy.

Does that mean I am in big trouble?

Marc
Big trouble for sure--ask about the traction control and ABS, I dare you!

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Old 03-14-2013, 09:09 PM   #4316
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Hey Ian,

Tell me about the traction control and ABS. You have tested it out to the fullest.

And should I ask what oil to use and what tires to buy. DOH! Sorry.

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:26 PM   #4317
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Because, the Goldwing likely costs more, has less soul and is not as individualistic.

So what if a Stelvio owner stays on pavement; does that mean he enjoys any less the absolutness of what a fantastic bike the Stelvio is? Is he enjoying the sweet vibe from that special transverse v-twin engine any less by not venturing off road? I think not!
In English we call this a 'rhetorical' question: one that doesn't really expect or need an answer. Sorry for confusing you with a foreign language: you write in English far better than I can write any of my other languages!
Of course, an owner can do whatever he likes with his chosen bike - some might disagree with having two 850 Le Mans in my lounge - but only using a Stevio on bitumen roads is a pity: like touring on an MV Agusta and never going to a race-track or even a twisty road - yes, it is possible, but why?
As Lupin 3rd has shown, the Stelvio is very capable of being used off the road. By staying on the asphalt, you are missing a lot of what the bike has to offer.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:25 AM   #4318
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Brilliant! How much further are you going with this fantastic journey?
HEH, I could only wish that was me! Between family and work, I can't get out for more than a day every month or so...

I found the video when looking for anything Stelvio related, here's the guy's web (in italian): www.stelvio2stelvio.it


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I rest my case - to just use a Stelvio on paved roads to waste a great deal of the motorcycle you bought & paid for - why not just get a GoldThing?
To each their own. Only folks I really can't stand are the stunting squids that give us all a bad name.

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Old 03-15-2013, 11:52 AM   #4319
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I'll just leave this here and let everyone come to their own conclusions.



Stelvio 2 Stelvio from Danca on Vimeo.

i would say thats Nuff said
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:18 PM   #4320
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Okay. Arrived in Phoenix yesterday after marathon drive from Montana. Great road trip and stellar weather all the way. The F150eco ran smooth as glass, and the Stelvio looked classy in back. Unloaded the Italian this morning at the Can-Am dealership as they had a ramp but the Guzzi shop didn't. Nice Guzzi dealership though.

Now time to get the gear in line and plot a course!
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