Any Motto Guzzi Stelvio owners?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Luma46, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Luma46

    Luma46 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    75
    Location:
    SE New Brunswick, Canada
    Are the any MG Stelvio owners (preferably the latest 8V models) with whom I could ask few questions? I am considering to replace my 2006 12GS and just learned from dealer in Calgary that test ride is not possible. Apparently demand is such that they can easily sell anything they will get and I will need to make a downpaymet to secure one (Stelvio NTX). I like the looks of the bike, I like what I read so far about it, but I need to hear somebody's hands on experience.
    Cheers,
    #1
  2. healeyblue

    healeyblue Old and Cunning

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
    74
    Location:
    Denver. CO
    #2
  3. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2005
    Oddometer:
    771
    Location:
    SW Washington
    Luma46,

    Check your PM's

    Jdub
    #3
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    15,348
    Location:
    On a set of 50,000 mile tires.
    #4
  5. joa

    joa n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7
    Location:
    Germany
    I am happy to help you out.
    #5
  6. Luma46

    Luma46 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    75
    Location:
    SE New Brunswick, Canada
    #6
  7. silvergoose

    silvergoose Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    52
    Location:
    Alma, Arkansas
    Just picked up a 2009 Stelvio from Moto International, Seattle,Wa. The bike had 5700 miles, the P.O. simply bought a bike that do not fit him. I bought the bike, installed new tires and headed back home. Home was 2183 miles away in Alma, Ar. The bike ran like a top, used almost no oil returned almost 34 mpg. The mpg was not bad in my view as i was pushing head winds and wind quests to 50+ mph for most of the trip. My moving avg speed was just short of 65 mph and I made the run in a little over 38 hrs ( moving avg). The seat is the best, I have had back surgery so the ergos were very important to me. Overall the bike is great.

    Hope you get a chance to ride one for a weekend before you buy, I think you will buy.

    Good Luck
    #7
  8. spinto

    spinto Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    39
    I have an 09 ask away!
    #8
  9. keithn

    keithn Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Oddometer:
    19
    I have a friend that has owned 3 moto guzzi bikes, he has ridden in excess of 40 thousand kilometers on his bikes with the longest trip from BC to Arizona. He currently owns a Stelvio and loves the bike. Because of his positive input I will be replacing my KLR with a Stelvio. Fear not..Just go for it.
    #9
  10. Chuck in Indiana

    Chuck in Indiana Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    322
    Location:
    South of Indianapolis
    I just recently put a down payment on an Orange Stelvio NTX from Rose Farm Classics in Northern Illinois, expect delivery in June. I had ridden a used '10 Stelvio in NC a few weeks ago, but only 25 or so miles. Nice feel, good ergos for me, lots of good power, handled well and powerful brakes. Guzzi made some nice changes to the '12 Stelvios -- larger tank, two O2 sensors/ECU mods for better control, narrower rear rim/tire, some changes to the control systems, etc. It should be an improvement over the previous year's bikes.

    My current ride is an '09 Wee-Strom ABS. The '12 Stelvio is going to be a very similar sized bike. The WB is about the same -- 61.4" Stelvio, 61.2" Wee -- and the tire sizes are exactly the same -- 110/80-19 Fr, 150/70-17 Rear. The Stelvio is going to be heavier, possibly as much as 50#, but I don't really know at this time.

    Hope this helps.
    #10
  11. mentalfloss

    mentalfloss Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    308
    Location:
    Outside Lawrence Kansas
    I have an 09 stelvio (RED) and it is the best bike I have ever owned. I have owned over 20 bikes and worked in the m/c industry and ridden everything (almost...no mz scorpion)

    It is mezmerzing in its overall power and vibe.

    Sounds great.

    Handles like it is on rails. Great gravel bike.

    Tall.

    I had a BMW GS and I loved it but the stelvio is mucho better!

    The 2012 has a tank with proper amount of fuel available. That is my only knock on the 09 is fuel range.

    BUY IT.
    #11
  12. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,367
    Location:
    finally back in paradise...
    How planted was your new to you 09 Stelvio in these high wind conditions and were you running panniers ? With the best case scenario being canted over, but holding it's line solidly in the lane...

    My "tweaked to the nines" 04 DL1000, needs replacing somewhere down the road and it's replacement can't be a high wind lane changer, I'm tired of riding a flying billboard. Sampled a clean first gen FJR in gale force wind conditions late last year, it was as planted as a locomotive on rails, but the vibration levels were for myself, intolerable.

    996DL
    #12
  13. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,748
    Location:
    Lumpy part of Victoria
    Uhh, Chuck: congrats on your new toy - but only some of the 2012 changes relate to the NTX - such as the narrower rear wheel; the standard Stelvio still has the wider rim, for more street-oriented tyres.
    Or maybe not: country-specific models may vary a little: here in Aus, we can't get the NTX in orange - only unfinished flat-black primer. We are told the NTX is not made in orange - yet you've got one coming!
    And I think you'll find the Stelvio a much more "substantial" bike than the Suzuki: it's a big machine!
    In terms of longevity: just one of my Guzzis (i've had over a dozen, currently have just 4) has covered 250,000km; several weekends, I'd do 2500km runs, including sections where the police would tell riders to "go as fast as you can!"
    One Easter long weekend I covered 5000km, and with my girlfriend on the back (and sharing riding) we once covered 1600km (1000 miles) in ten hours - and then we partied!
    So yes, the Guzzi design is long-legged, fast and durable.
    #13
  14. Chuck in Indiana

    Chuck in Indiana Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    322
    Location:
    South of Indianapolis
    Precis,

    Thanks for the comments. I'm looking forward to riding it. I've long wanted to own/ride a Guzzi and this is the time.

    I was told the only Stelvio Model to be imported into the US for 2012 was the NTX and that it would be available in two colors -- a slightly glossy Flat Black and Burnt Orange. We are not to get the standard Stelvio (I think they call it the Model 8V) at this time. I was also told by some that all NTX's will be equipped with the spoked rims/wheels and by others that the Burnt Orange will have the cast aluminum wheels. Everyone agrees though, that with Guzzi, we will only really know when the shipping crate is opened and someone looks inside.

    All for now. Ride safe down there.
    #14
  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2004
    Oddometer:
    16,748
    Location:
    Parker, CO
    True - the U.S. gets just the NTX, in matte black or burnt orange. No standard Stelvio here.

    The NTX comes with Behr wheels and the Alpina SST spoked / tubeless wheel system in the narrower 150/70-17 size. Other markets get the std model in burnt orange with the cast wheels in "sportbike standard" 180/55-17 and 120/70-17.

    I wish that gondola was making better time :ddog :lol3
    #15
  16. omaas

    omaas n00b

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3
    Location:
    Melhus, Norway
    I got my Stelvio 1200 8V 23th of May last year and got 14800 km on it, mostly 2 up.
    I love the bike, it is an excellent tourer with grate comfort and ability to handle gravel roads.

    The difference between NTX and 8V here in Norway is:
    8V have a smaller screen and cast wheels, same size tyre as NTX (150/70-17 and 110/80-19) and different colours. The rest is actually a set of accessories delivered as standard equipments for the NTX.



    -OMAAS
    #16
  17. deWog

    deWog Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Oddometer:
    107
    - where are these mythical roads where the police tell riders to create merry hell? :ear

    dW
    #17
  18. Moronic

    Moronic Long timer

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,774
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yes, I'd seen the European versions of the new 8V were specced with the 150 rear tyre even on the cast wheels, acc to various reviews. Right move IMO. Should offer more precision than a 180 on bumpy backroads, and you could still fit knobbies if desired, ridden with care.

    The Australian importer is still listing the rear tyre as a 180, which is confusing. I'm thinking that is an oversight in the specs, as I can't quite credit Guzzi speccing a wider cast rear wheel just for Australia, nor even just for Oz and the US. Has anyone seen an Oz version of the new cast-wheel bike up close to confirm?

    omaas, is there anything else you would like to tell us after a year and 15,000km with the new 8V model? :ear

    How is the standard suspension for two-up work? Firm enough?

    What panniers have you fitted?

    And how is the fuel consumption? Do you like the big range?
    #18
  19. DirtisGood

    DirtisGood Guzzi Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Oddometer:
    338
    Location:
    Sheffield the Town of Murals, Tasmania
    I purchased the first retailed Stelvio NTX 2011 8V in Australia, what can I say after covering 16K so far and still smiling after every corner. I ride this bike nearly always offroad and it is a blast. At the moment I am trying to get a Stelvio Owners Get Together happening in Tasmania next year. I have Web Site up and running. http://www.wix.com/eagledream/stelvio-owners-tassie
    Don't be afraid to purchase one of these NTX's they are brilliant. :lol3:lol3
    #19
  20. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,748
    Location:
    Lumpy part of Victoria
    Long ago (pre 1980) and far away (in a country which no longer exists: Rhodesia).
    Due to terrorist activity (the modern term is "insurgents"), traffic on major roads was conducted in military-escorted convoys. These travelled at the speed of the slowest vehicle - often a 30-year-old Morris towing a caravan.
    So when bikes turned up at the assembly points, the coppers would give you the option of joining the convoy - or taking your chances alone and at whatever speed you could manage.
    Bear in mind the roads were utterly superb, that all vegetation was cut back about 40 metres on either side of the road to remove potential cover and that fences were generally pretty good, especially in the beef-farming areas.
    Wild game was a bit more of an issue - elephants are remarkably difficult to see!
    Given that the major towns are usually 150 - 200km apart and most riders chose to "take their chances" - I never heard of anyone who crashed while travelling at extreme speeds in the complete absence of other vehicles.
    But I did once find some holes in my luggage - wrecked a new pair of Levis....
    #20