Moto Guzzi Stelvio (merged) threadfest...

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

  1. Adam R

    Adam R Been here awhile

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    I bought a pair the other day, early ones yes, later APPARENTLY (12 on?) not.

    Did you know you don't need to remove the rear calliper for rear wheel removal and fit by the way?

    Cheers
  2. Tex n Bundy

    Tex n Bundy n00b

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    We picked up our new Stelvio yesterday amongst all the fanfare and the M/C press. I took it back to my mates place in Sydney, in my Van, then unloaded it to his garage. As I can't get a Bagster tank cover for at least 3-4 weeks, I will have to search for some thick contact or Lite Skinz(self adhesive) to put on the tank so Bundy has something she can grip to. I will cut and stick this to the tank tomorrow. Today I took the Stelvio for a quick spin to a bike shop out in the Western suburbs to look over a second hand CBR600 for a friend. Of course, when one has a new bike, most of the time the weather is shite, today was no exception, pissing down all day! I left Bundy at my mates house and went solo. The big girl is no 'Busa but once on her feet she felt light & reasonably nimble & flickable for what she is. She is way over muffled and our importers are waiting on a 3/4 exhaust system coming from Italy, we will fit this when it arrives! I had adjusted the controls before I left however I feel the bars need to come back just a tad, will do that tomorrow. The Stelvio felt surefooted and I had a play with the ABS in the wet, on, off, trying to lock it up in the wet etc. ABS has definitely improved on these big chook chasers since their inception. Coming home in the dark I found that I had a mirror image Heads Up Display on the screen, it will be interesting to see if this is a distraction out on the open road! I put 125 klm's on it today in appalling weather, on Monday I will head home, 600klms away & return on Wednesday to the Importer for her 1st service. We will change over to NGK plug Caps at this service as apparently the stock ones are a pain in the arse.
    First thoughts are that it is very sure footed, gearbox is positive, engine is strong and I am looking forward to pointing the girl North onto some open road. Will let u all know how she performs.!!

    Cheers,
    Tex & Bundy
  3. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Uhhhh, ohhhhhhh really? Both of my CARC Guzzies have the brake disk attached to the wheel hub. I suppose if you jack the bike up high enough you could drop the wheel down and clear caliper since there's no flange on the hub to interfere. It's only 2 bolts to remove the caliper though.
  4. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    I suppose it's possible but it's sure a lot easier to remove the caliper.
  5. Adam R

    Adam R Been here awhile

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    Well, no. It's easier to do it caliper in situ. That's why I mentioned it. try it twice, see what you think.
    Mind you, it's hardly saving hours, I agree!
  6. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Looks like I may have a light switch that is on its way out. :cry Some times when I start the bike up the headlights do not come on. I have a service scheduled for next weekend and will have it looked at. I wish I did not have to go 70 miles to get it serviced. OK I will stop whinning :lol3

    Marc
  7. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Try 375 miles one way.:deal
  8. James Adams

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    Erico is closer :dunno
  9. Blakebird

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

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  10. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I had my Ducati serviced at Erico once. :huh

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  11. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    Well the first full day of our trip to Colorado saw me accidentally hit a piece of road junk that put a slice in the front tire. Luckily it went down slow but couldn't make Mesquite NV. I tried to pump it with my compressor but it leaked faster than the pump could handle and no way to plug the long slice.

    I had AWA roadside assistence "tow" us to St George UT. Luckily I found one shop that had a Shinko 705 in the right size. The other shops didn't have anything in that size. So I guess I get to test out the 705 in the front. So far so good.

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    Otherwise the bike is working awesome. I've been pulling 41.5 mpg for the last few fillups. I'm stoked, it's way better than the 31 mpg I was getting around town. Considering the ECU reflash I'm quite happy.

    We hit some very strong winds north of Cedar City and I was thankful for every pound of the bike's "heft". I won't ever bitch about it again.

    For some reason the windshield is working better 2 up, both of us are very happy with it in the lowest position. Thank goodness.
  12. Tex n Bundy

    Tex n Bundy n00b

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  13. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    Super pictures and great endorsement for the NTX!
  14. Mottowheels

    Mottowheels Wheel on

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    Just took my ntx from Portland Oregon to Dawson city Yukon for d2d started trip with 3,530 miles returned with 8,920 I had a issues with driving lights, ya I saw your warnings of stock wiring but bike is a 2013 delivered in October so I pulled caps back looked to be a heavier connection. So thought I was good. Till service soon flashed up in the middle of British Columbia before I could get pulled over engine was starting to die. There I was with dead battery my buddy was kinda freaked but I checked fuses sure enough 30 amp blown behind right side cover so I used spare fuse checked driving light covers Oh ya all wore through on right side. Fixed with tape turned lights off. Now still sitting with dead battery by the way you can't push start these bikes tried with some great riders that stopped to help. Long story shorter got jumpers after three hours of waiting for buddy to get to nearest town bike started with jump left lights off rest of trip no problems. Next issue to keep in mind I did the poker run up there after a night of heavy rain about 4-5 inches of mud in places many bikes turned back we finished the course but the next day going in to Alaska on the top of world hiway the bike began to howl big time from rear drive. Turns out the breather was plugged with mud cleaned that out noise was gone. Just wanted to thank all of you for the great tips you have provided here!!! By the way I love the bike even more after this trip.
  15. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    WOW! Big trip, and great example of getting r done. Good report on the bike, thanks.
  16. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Off to the garage to de-PC-v my Stelvio.

    Marc
  17. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    "Off to the garage to de-PC-v my Stelvio." Why?
  18. MotoG5

    MotoG5 Been here awhile

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    Finally got around to doing the TB balance and TPS reset at 3k miles. Just too much going on to get it done right after the first service. Centurion-S and a couple of the guys from the Guzzi club made a quick morning job of it. Much improved as expected.
    When I was setting up the bike for the tune I found the battery terminals corroded up again. This is after having cleaned and greased them last fall after a couple of no start events. Apparently I will need to be taking a look under the seat more often.
  19. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Three reasons actually. I did the O2 optimizers that fixed my pop on decel with the Mistral muffler and to richen up the lower RPM range for better idle. They came with the PC-V so I put it all on. I found with the power commander it became hard to start, the throttle was very twitchy,and my gas mileage went down to 32. With it disconnected the starting problem went away, throttle is way more linear, and the mileage is back up to the 40's. So I have been running with it disconnected for a couple of months and decided today was a good day just to take it off.

    I am sure with some more tuning these issues could have been corrected, but it runs GREAT with just the O2 optimizers on so that is good enough for me. :D

    Marc
  20. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    Lomax,

    Thanks for the explanation. Is the O2 Optimizer the same as a "Fat Duc" unit?