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Old 05-11-2012, 04:30 AM   #31
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It's kinda exciting to hear all the buzz about the Stelvio. Seems like Guzzi has a real success on their hands. Good job Guzzi!!

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Old 05-11-2012, 04:40 AM   #32
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I.... Yesterday I sat in a chair and endured 4 hours of agony getting my Moto Guzzi logo tat under my right arm to match my HD emblem on my left arm. .....
First time i've ever heard someone suggest a HD is any match for a Guzzi.....
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:08 AM   #33
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There seems to be a misunderstanding. The only cast wheel delivered on the Stelvio is 150/70.
true enough - I don't recall where I read that the cast wheels were in a different size than the Alpina/Behr spoked setup.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:30 AM   #34
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true enough - I don't recall where I read that the cast wheels were in a different size than the Alpina/Behr spoked setup.
Maybe for the new model years - but for the previous models it was a 180 section tire on the cast rims

Now the big question - will they arrive next week?
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:58 AM   #35
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Now the big question - will they arrive next week?
I sure hope so.

I'm hoping I get the phone call this next week.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #36
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Maybe for the new model years - but for the previous models it was a 180 section tire on the cast rims

Now the big question - will they arrive next week?
Actually, the previous model with the 180 tyre had a spoked rim.

Then the NTX was produced with the 150.

Now someone at Guzzi is getting it that less can be more.

It is a matter of the Italians appreciating what made them great all along.

(And recognising that the Germans do get some stuff right. )
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:00 AM   #37
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Actually, the previous model with the 180 tyre had a spoked rim.

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Sorry - speaking for the US and Canadian models - buying the 150 section NTX spoked rim is a popular revision
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:24 PM   #38
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Sorry - speaking for the US and Canadian models - buying the 150 section NTX spoked rim is a popular revision
The taller section 150/70 is almost as tall as a bias ply tire, and is a lot better suited to any offroading....
Both for tire selection and cushioning the rim with an actual sidewall taller than 1"

The Alpina/Behr setup is all we get from the factory anyway, as the NTX is our only choice aside from color.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:05 AM   #39
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The Alpina/Behr setup is all we get from the factory anyway, as the NTX is our only choice aside from color.
This is going to be interesting to see. Jim B. at Rose Farm Classics was told by his Guzzi Area Rep that the black bikes would have the spoke rims/wheels but that the orange bikes (both full NTX Models) would have the cast aluminum wheels. I'm hoping this is true since I have an orange bike on order, expected to be delivered in June and the spoke rims are definitely not my preference.

However, as with all things Guzzi, we will never know until someone opens a shipping crate and looks inside.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #40
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I'm hoping this is true since I have an orange bike on order, expected to be delivered in June and the spoke rims are definitely not my preference.
If you're going to ride all pavement all the time, the cast wheels would be the deal.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:57 PM   #41
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The taller section 150/70 is almost as tall as a bias ply tire, and is a lot better suited to any offroading....
Both for tire selection and cushioning the rim with an actual sidewall taller than 1"
I hadn't thought of that. Interesting point. Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:19 PM   #42
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Guzzi updated their web site again today

http://www.motoguzzi-us.com/motorcyc...-1200-ntx.html
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:23 PM   #43
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Guzzi updated their web site again today

http://www.motoguzzi-us.com/motorcyc...-1200-ntx.html
Spokes on an orange one

(so much for the rumor)
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:01 PM   #44
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Knees on cylinder heads

So, I remember when I first rode the '09 Stelvio, when I scooted forward on the seat to get a bit more weight on the front wheel, my knees were resting on the cylinder heads. Fortunately, the '09 had cylinder head guards for just that reason, so I didn't get scorched . Looking at the pics on the updated web site above, I don't see those guards. Can someone confirm if they are there on the NTX?

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Old 05-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #45
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So, I remember when I first rode the '09 Stelvio, when I scooted forward on the seat to get a bit more weight on the front wheel, my knees were resting on the cylinder heads. Fortunately, the '09 had cylinder head guards for just that reason, so I didn't get scorched . Looking at the pics on the updated web site above, I don't see those guards. Can someone confirm if they are there on the NTX?
Probably not gonna scorch anything on the valve covers...

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