Moto Guzzi Stelvio (merged) threadfest...

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

  1. Demar39

    Demar39 Been here awhile

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    Excellent news! It will be great to meet you. My brother-in-law was supposed to ride with me on Friday but now I will meet him there, maybe on Saturday. He had a last minute chance to ride with a group of old Taiwanese guys from SF to LA. You may have seen them in a bank commercial a year ago or so. My b-I-l is taking pictures of them and wants to write a magazine article about the trip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ojSqSIh9gY

    It's nice to not have to bring a stove and cooking utensils and food for this trip. I think they are not planning lunch at the campsite because the day ride Saturday will be lunch away from camp. There is a store about a 25 minute walk from camp where you can buy lunch - I have not walked the route.

    See you Friday,
    Rich
  2. Stromtrooper246

    Stromtrooper246 Lost again

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    Which one did you go with?
  3. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I have the bags connection "City" on my bike with the QD ring from SW-Motech. I like it in that it makes it much easier to fill up the old gas tank.

    I also have a Wolfman that holds a lot more stuff and has a map pocket on it.

    So it is kind of a toss up.

    Marc
  4. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    Yes, I've seen that video, I loved it. It reinforced my life vision of not letting go of the activities you love and do them while you still can.

    Looking forward to meeting you also, maybe a couple other NorCal based inmates can make it, even for the day.

    Yes, being this will be our first camping "off the bike" trip it's perfect. That area is so beautiful, it's hard to beat that location for an event. The whole thing just made a lot of sense for us, especially getting to ride up Hwy 1 Friday. I haven't done that ride in a few years. We did it by car a year ago, but that's just not the same as on a bike. I just hope the fog lifts.
  5. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    Ditto.

    Here's a shot of the City Evo on my Stelvio.

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    I also have a Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag that I've been using on my KLR and Vstrom. I don't care for the straps but it sure holds a lot more stuff. The only thing I don't like about the City Evo is how much space you loose on the inside to the recess for the mounting ring. I like how the bag fits the bike and I'm not sure I'd want a larger bag on the bike given how high the tank sits, but I do miss the extra capacity of the Explorer Lite.

    I think I would have preferred they made the bag's exterior size out to the side pockets and just left them off and made the vertical expansion a bit taller.

    Bags-Connection makes a larger bag, the GS Evo, which also fits the bike well, here's a photo of it on a Stelvio I found online. It is significantly larger.

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  6. attaboy

    attaboy Let's go for it!

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    Hello fellow inmates!

    Well here I discover this awesome Guzzi / Stelvio thread tonight... and I will be flying to Italy in 4 days for a 3 week trip on a brand new rented Stelvio 2013. But I am quite overwhelmed by the 424 pages of infos... can anyone give me some words of advice (things to watch out for, gadgets to bring) before I leave home?

    ps: travelling with my wife. purchased some new mesh jackets as the Klim ones are too hot for the south of Italy. Will bring my own GPS.

    Thanks in advance:wink:
    Attaboy
  7. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Get her a back rest, keep her happy. :thumb

    Marc
  8. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    I'd agree that a topbox with a backrest would be worth the effort and $$$ if it can happen.

    If the stock Auxiliary lights are on it, either don't turn them on or disconnect them if you think you might by accident. If they are not fused you may very well end up with some electrical trouble. The easiest is just never turn them on, you don't really need them anyway as the twin headlights throw a great spread of light.

    It might be worth your while to pop the seat and make sure the battery connections are tight once in a while along the way.

    Other than that you should be good to go.
  9. Oca

    Oca Been here awhile

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    Don't forget your red suspenders and corn cob pipe. :D (inside joke).

    Enjoy.
  10. Norcal_Rider

    Norcal_Rider IBA Alumnus

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    As a new Guzzi owner myself I really wanted to attend this event. But my work schedule won't allow it. I'm planning ahead so that I can attend the State Event in October! I'm looking forward to meeting other Northern California Moto Guzzi riders.
  11. Adam R

    Adam R Been here awhile

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    Got it going - turned out to be an old laptop that had fallen out with one of its USBs, used another - re-set the settings and away we went. TBs balanced. Just need much more fuel in there now to suit the pipe! :evil
  12. XT Traveler

    XT Traveler Been here awhile

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    So my wife and I left for the rally yesterday morning. We were making a week long trip out of it by traveling around Canada and Michigan a bit. I had thrown my back out badly last week but it was slowly getting better and past experience had shown that riding often actually helped my back. The back had gotten good enough that I could get on and off the bike without too much pain so off we went. Not sure what is different this time than previously but after about 130 miles we had to turn back. My back would often spasm severely with very minor movements (shifting, lifting my hand off the handlebar etc.) I had severe pain when just moving my feet on and off the pegs at stop lights. Finally I decided that it was bad enough that it was not only painful as hell but also unsafe and we headed back home. :baldy Getting an MRI this afternoon.

    I'm not a huge fan of rallies but I was really looking forward to this one and meeting other Guzzi owners and some of you on this thread. Plus I really love riding the Stelvio and new I'd really enjoy a longer trip on her.

    Oh by the way, I added a 10" Universal Laminar Lip mounted about even with the top of the windshield and it helps smooth out the air. It in combination with the vent I previously cut into the shield essentially eliminates the buffetting (90% gone) when the windshield is in the low position. It still has more than I like in the upper positions but I almost always run it all the way down anyway.

    Anyway, all of you who are going have a good time and drink a Molson for me! :beer
  13. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    Wow, sorry to hear that XT Traveler. It sounds like you've got a disc that's gotten worse and is putting more pressure on the spinal cord. It's time for surgery if it's that severe. I watched my Bro go through that, no amount of therapy will help if there's a physical pinch on the nerves. An MRI is the only way to know for sure and where it's happening.

    I think you were wise to turn back if it was that severe.
  14. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    Glad to hear it. Post up if you figure out any other features etc.
  15. Oca

    Oca Been here awhile

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    I had an MRI last week. Herniated L-4/L5. Having the Microdisectotomy done.

    Good luck.

    It sucks getting old.
  16. Oca

    Oca Been here awhile

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    Just to make my day even better, I received the recall letter re: Suspension.

    The fix takes 1 hour. :rofl:rofl:deal
  17. attaboy

    attaboy Let's go for it!

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    Thanks for the backrest and auxiliary light suggestion. I'll look into it. But why?

    Also, what is the dimension of the NTX aluminium sidecases and top case? I am trying to figure out my final luggage before going to the airport in a few days...

    ciao
  18. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I called Piaggio and the dealer today and my bike is not on the recall list. :clap

    I am not much of a two up rider myself but have found that if the passenger has a back rest they tend to relax more, lean back, and enjoy the ride. This also relieves stress on the rider.

    Marc
  19. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    Just got my recall letter today as well.

    Will see about getting it taken care of next week. Until then, gonna ride!!! :D

    -SM
  20. Blakebird

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

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    That's good news....and unusual in that the bike was the first Stelvio NTX in Colorado so likely an early build.
    Maybe my good karma rubbed off on it :lol3

    Jeanne loved the top case - it was her 'purse' (I got the tankbag) and made the 5,500 mile trip the best she's taken on the back of a bike yet.

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