Any Motto Guzzi Stelvio owners?

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

  1. omaas

    omaas n00b

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    I am very happy with my Stelvio, it's working fine for me, commuting, fun riding and long trips.

    During a trip to northern part of Norway (4500 km), was the bike loaded almost to the maximum weight (495 kg) and was firm enough for riding bumpy and twisty roads with confidence an comfort for both of us. It was no problem driving for 10 to 12 hours a day.
    I have added a Laminar Lip to avoid buffering for the passenger in speed > 90 km/h.
    The suspension was set up to maximum pre-load and the rebound on the rear suspension was set up 2 or 3 clicks firmer then the book said.

    I have MG standard luggage boxes and MG Tank bag.
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    The fuel consumption < 5,5 litre Pr. 100 km, this gives me the low fuel warning light after 420-450 km. It should be 7 litre left, but on my bike it is 8 litre. My maximum travel between filling up is 580 km and 28 litre, still 3 litre left.
    I love the feeling of starting up with full tank and know I can drive a whole day. :D

    -omaas
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  2. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    360 miles is a hell of a range!

    :clap
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  3. Moronic

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    Omass thank you very much for your prompt reply. You have answered all my questions in a very satisfying way. This bike really is looking quite spectacular.

    Better than 5.5L/100km and a 32L tank implies a really fabulous touring range, which you confirm with your 580km real-life example. Wow!

    Sounds like she really is comfy, too.

    Thanks too for the pic of your bike with the plastic luggage. There aren't many around, so it is interesting to see.

    That is looking more and more like my next bike. :nod You've even got the key additions I was thinking of: extra lights and the hand guards. Although I'd consider the factory head-protectors as well, in case of low-speed tip-overs, ugly though they may be.
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  4. go-GS

    go-GS Adventurer

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    Good to see there's one more of this (orange) version in Norway. I've checked, there's only two of us so far:)
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  5. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Omass' bike looks to be the Stelvio 8v (Orange, and cast wheels); a lot of the "extra" gear is fitted as standard to the Stelvio NTX - and the rear rim is narrower, so more off-road oriented tyres will fit.
    However, here in Australia, you're going to get reamed by the dealer/importer: a new Stelvio in Canada is under $17k - here, it's close to $25k - and our dollar is stronger than theirs!
    I fail to see that the cost of complying with absurd ADRs can possibly add about 30% to the cost of a vehicle.
    This is the main reason I've resisted buying a Stelvio - while I'm firmly a Guzzi-guy and believe the Stelvio is in every way a match for the even-more-expensive GSA and a much more involving ride than the Super10 - I dislike shaking hands with the people who've just robbed me!
    Thus I'm very content with my older Guzzis and a pair of Caponords (one street, one dirt)
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  6. Holeshot08

    Holeshot08 Adventurer

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    I ordered my Lava Black NTX 4 weeks ago for $14900.00 in Minnesota, I had a box of new add on's and a case of oil filters delivered today. 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. I have my new riding gear and boots...where the heck in my new Stelvio NTX???

    Thanks for the sympathy!

    Chuck:norton
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  7. silvergoose

    silvergoose Adventurer

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    996DL, sorry for the late reply. The Stelvio does not react as quickly to wind gust as some of the bikes I have ridden. The KTM 990 and the BMW GS adventure seem to be more sensitive to side winds than the Stelvio. The weight of the bikes are close enough, it seems like KTM and the BMW have a lot of flat surface. I did not ride either bike a great distance, about 50-75 miles, I was tired just trying to keep the bike in the lane. You may have a different feeling, but with the lack of large side panels the Moto Guzzi just seemed less tiring to ride.

    Good Luck
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  8. Moronic

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    Precis, it's not quite that bad. The stock rear tyre on omaas's Orange 8V was the narrower 150, as he said in his first post. A step forward from the previous model, I think. And as far as I can see, the 8V is $20K reccomended in Oz, or about $22K on the road. Plus panniers tho.

    The latest NTX is $23K, or indeed $25K on the road. I'm not sure I want those metal boxes it comes with.

    BTW: enjoyed your tale of Rhodesian roulette.

    The best news for me coming out of this is omaas's confirmation of the fuel consumption and range. A big tank and a frugal engine and good manners on gravel add up to a properly exploratory tourer.
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  9. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    Thanks silvergoose ! :thumb

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  10. go-GS

    go-GS Adventurer

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    There seems to be a misunderstanding. The only cast wheel delivered on the Stelvio is 150/70. These were introduced with the 2011 version(2012 version in US).

    BTW, it's a great bike - the best I owned so far:) My previos bikes were Multistrada, GS1200, GSA1200 and HP2 Enduro. I think Stelvio has picked the best capabilities from the Multi (engine, soul, character) and the GS-range (Offroad, Comfort). Stelvio is a keeper - it's good to be back on an Italian bike again:)
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  11. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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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!!

    :clap
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  12. deWog

    deWog Been here awhile

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    First time i've ever heard someone suggest a HD is any match for a Guzzi.....:eek1
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  13. Blakebird

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

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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.
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  14. boxermoose

    boxermoose Now fully goosed

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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?:ear
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  15. Blakebird

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

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    I sure hope so. :nod

    I'm hoping I get the phone call this next week.
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  16. Moronic

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    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. :D )
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  17. boxermoose

    boxermoose Now fully goosed

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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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  18. Blakebird

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

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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"

    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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  19. Chuck in Indiana

    Chuck in Indiana Been here awhile

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    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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  20. Blakebird

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

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    If you're going to ride all pavement all the time, the cast wheels would be the deal. :nod
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