Moto Guzzi Stelvio (merged) threadfest...

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by young skywalker, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. MotoG5

    MotoG5 Been here awhile

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    Noob here, still waiting on my new NTX to arrive from Texas. Seems Guzzi just released a service bulletin that the dealer wanted to get done on the bike before shipping it to me. Good idea as he and I are almost nine hundred miles apart. And Guzzi in the typical Italian fashion sent out the bulletin with out having the needed parts on hand so a bit of a wait is now in progress. I am a long time Guzzi owner so none of this either suprises or causes undue pain. I have been sent the CD and owner's manual. So far I am the proud owner of a $16K CD and manual.:D
    In the mean time I have been getting my Stelvio fix here one this most excellent and informative list. Lots of interesting information and commentary to keep me pumped until the bike arrives.:lurk
  2. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Old Git.

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    Well, I had news yesterday that my Buell is definitely an insurance write-off, so I wandered down to the local Guzzi dealer & they lent me their demo bike for an hour.

    Oh dear oh dear, I'm hooked.

    It's quite the nicest bike I've ever ridden, except in one respect, the wind noise is astounding!
    I'm 5'10" ish, is there a better screen? I'm not that bothered about the weather protection, after all I've been riding roadsters for years, but the noise from the screen turbulence is horrendous.
    Not enough to stop me buying one though as soon as the insurance cheque comes through.

    It looks immense after an XB12STT, but after clambering aboard I found it no taller in the saddle.
    Once it's moving though it's a different story, so light & throwable I was grinning so much I though my helmet might crack.
    There's not the same punch as the Buell but it's deceptively fast, I'll be looking for a can to give it a nicer tone though.
    One thing I did like particularly is sitting at a stop with it idling, it has that same "demented sewing machine on steroids" clatter from the valvetrain.

    Anyway, within the next few weeks I become a Stelvisto.
  3. Blakebird

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

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    Did a couple hundred miles in the mountains looking at Fall color today, and crossed over the 10,000 mile mark... picked it up June 6.

    Peak to Peak Hwy
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    I'm putting a new K60 rear on next weekend, but even at 10k this one has some tread left. It's just time.... :nod

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    front at 10k

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  4. Ham

    Ham Been here awhile

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    FInally made it home, but had to stop in Cour de ALene and have lunch at Crickets. The Califonia Melt is a killer.

    Tomorrow first ride. Empire Cycle in Spokane did a great job making this easy and a thank you to John. I then had to go over to the local BMW facility and but a new Schuberth helmet....so they could see what happens when you don't let people test ride your product...lots of long faces when I pulled up:)
  5. fortrider

    fortrider Been here awhile

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    :clapMy 2013 NTX arrived at the dealership Friday. Awesome Black. Had the heated grips installed on Sat. along with Heidneaus, nice Aprilia mirrors and the correct turn signals. Only a short ride home, but what a wonderful ride. Smoothest shifting transmission on any bike I have ever owned.
    I had a 2009 Stelvio and thought that was a great bike. Moto Guzzi has listen to the needed upgrades and made a wonderful machine. But I do miss the glove box but the extra fuel is well worth it.
    Had a GSA after the 09 Stelvio and it want be missed at all. The Guzzi is a much superior machine, it feels like a motorcycle should. :norton
    More to come as the riding begins.
  6. Ham

    Ham Been here awhile

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    Unloaded and ready to go. Road 60 miles. Much easier to ride than my Dakar.

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  7. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    BIG congrats to the new owners!

    -SM
  8. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    I had 6 racks made, only one left before I need at least 4 orders to run another batch. $100 shipped ground in the US with SS hardware (rack is 12ga stainless). First PM gets it This might be the last run I do at cost.
  9. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    I'll take it. PM sent.
  10. swmckinley

    swmckinley Adventurer

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    I will jump in and add to NTX pool. I picked mine up about 3 weeks ago and have 2K on the clock. I know that before I bought, I read this whole thread trying to harvest info before I bought one. As a reference I have owned three GSA's 2002,2007 and a 2010. So things that I have added or changed:
    1.) Euro turn signal light package from MPH in Houston. The USA spec was horrible and rendered the rear view mirrors worthless.
    2.) Mistral can with Fat Duc lambda probes. Sounds better (stock can sounded okay) and saved weight. Fueling better with Fat Duc.
    3.) Bar risers- took weight off wrist and allowed me to get away from jugs.
    4.) Put front seat adjusters in high position and left rear in low. Helped get my nutz off the tank.
    5.) Rear rack from Kirb on the way.
    6.) Cortech Mini tank bag. Perfect fit.
    7.) Issue with Hella driving lights, kept breaking wires and blowing the bulb (I went thru 3 bulbs) due to vibration. I put a rubber spacer between frame (read crash bar) and light assembly to dampen vibration. I put a star washer on each side of rubber spacer to limit movement. I also increased length of original mounting bolt. So far so good 600 miles.

    Things I really like about the bike:
    1.) Great engine, the way a motorcycle engine should be.
    2.) Tranny is very slick and one the best.
    3.) Suspension gives great feedback.
    4.) Non linked ABS brakes.
    5.) 8.5 gal gas tank.
    6.) Dipstick...how easy is that!

    Things that I dont like:
    1.) Mode and Turn signal too close together.
    2.) No auto-turn signal cancel. Is it just me.........?
    3.) Wind noise from not so good windshield.

    Well thats about it. Thursday this week I head out for 2800 mile trip that will cover 4 days (TX, NM,CO and UT) so I will see how she stacks up in the touring department. I hope to see an improvement in gas mileage on the long road as now I am getting high 30's in town.
  11. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Good God man, why would anyone in their right mind want to move their hands away from the jugs?

    A lot of good write ups on this bike. I wish that the MPG was a bit higher.
  12. dirtymartini

    dirtymartini Shaken, Not Stirred

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    What Mistral can did you get? What's the story with the Fat Duc Lamda probes? I was thinking of doing the Guzzi Tech ECU re-flash.

    What risers did you get?
  13. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    Which tank bag is that? I'd love to see a pic. I'm searching, but I've only found the Mini magnetic tank bag and the super mini tank bag. Obviously, a magnetic tank bag won't work with a plastic tank.

    I haven't had a problem with my driving lights so far after 1100 miles. I hope it doesn't become a problem.

    Earlier in this thread I posted a pic of the Wunderlich Wind Deflector. It works very well for me. It even deflects most of the bugs from my face shield.

    It's not just you--I was surprised to find my expensive modern MC didn't have self-cancelling turn signals. C'mon, really?

    I agree about the positioning of the turn signal switch and the "mode" switch. Others have said it isn't a problem after a while.

    All that being said, I really love the Stelvo!
  14. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    :ear

    I used the FatDuc O2 Manipulator on my Ducati GT1000 and it worked perfectly.
  15. swmckinley

    swmckinley Adventurer

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    Hair - thats just plain funny:rofl

    Mr. B - Its a Cortech Super Mini strap version that I have had for a few years, nice and small and carries the stuff I need. As soon as funds allow I will try the wind deflector.

    Dirtymartini- The mistral carbon fiber as it gives the most weight savings and the Rox risers. The only cables that needed to re-route were the throttle. I took apart the throttle assembly re-routed cables and re-assembled throttle. My dealer AF1 suggested Fat Duc and I said okay. Adjustable O2 enricher is what it is.
  16. swmckinley

    swmckinley Adventurer

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  17. dirtymartini

    dirtymartini Shaken, Not Stirred

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    Thanks for the info...any idea where I can get the Fat Duc's? I found their website but only found applications for Ducati.
  18. swmckinley

    swmckinley Adventurer

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    AF1 racing in Austin Texas got it for me. They are a well known Apirlia dealer that sells many parts on the Web. Cal John Francis up and tell him Steve sent you. I not affiliated with them nor do I receive any compensation from them.
  19. dirtymartini

    dirtymartini Shaken, Not Stirred

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    Thanks, Looks like they are backordered right now. I'll give them a call tomorrow and see when they will be back in stock.
  20. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Hey, you're on my bike.