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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by young skywalker, Jan 8, 2006.
no issues with the engine paint at all.
easy to keep this bike clean
The wrinkle finish appeared one year on Guzzis. 2002. Yes, it was bad on many bikes and there were recalls. Affected bikes were Californias and V11s.
In 2003 they went with a smooth black and have not had any further issues.
My 2003 Stone has black crinkle finish on the engine. It came from the factory that way.
"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...
You only need to worry if it started out as a smooth, glossy black finish.
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.
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
I'll just leave this here and let everyone come to their own conclusions.
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Stelvio 2 Stelvio from Danca on Vimeo.
Great video! Thanks for posting it.
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?
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. :huh
Does that mean I am in big trouble?
Congrats on the new beastie.
Nope, you're not in any trouble.....yet.
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!
Big trouble for sure--ask about the traction control and ABS, I dare you!
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.
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.
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
To each their own. Only folks I really can't stand are the stunting squids that give us all a bad name.
i would say thats Nuff said
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!