Why not a Stelvio?

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Chev., Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Chev.

    Chev. The Final Drive?

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    I am very happy with my current 1150GS. Nevertheless, sometimes making plans for the additional bike I most likely will get in a 10 years time. It will probably be a model that exists today.

    For touring: Why not a Moto Guzzi Stelvio?
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  2. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Because this is GSspot?
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  3. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    There is one for sale in the flea market . Good looking motorcycle !
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  4. Limey 1

    Limey 1 Been here awhile

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    Dealer network is worse than BMW and if you did ever need to replace a headlamp assembly for instance....get on the web and see where you could buy a new one and how long will it take for shipping and how much would it cost.....Methinks you would then then want to stick with the trusty BMW!... my 2 cents....
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  5. Chev.

    Chev. The Final Drive?

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    I'm certainly ready to respect the fact that the purpose this forum is discuss the oilhead boxers. Nevertheless, comments and comparisons related to other brands are frequent also in this forum.
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  6. oldspice1972

    oldspice1972 Been here awhile

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    I was seriously considering a Stelvio or maybe even a Griso, but coming from an Aprilia, I concur that the dealer network is less than stellar. If you have a good dealer nearby, that may be ok, but parts are sometimes hard to come by.

    That all said, the Stelvio is definitely a nice bike, but in my mind, lacks some of the 'refinement' of the Beemers in the same class.
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  7. Chev.

    Chev. The Final Drive?

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    Yup, the weight and the - compared to BMW - limited dealership, I agree to that.
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  8. PukaWai

    PukaWai Been here awhile

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    The money? If you got a bike you're happy with, why not use the money to get a REAL Stelvio...

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  9. waddyp

    waddyp Quite Content

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    My opinion- I've owned many BMWs, Ducatis, and one Moto Guzzi- a '97 Sport !!00i which I owned for ten years. I sold it to buy my 07 12GS. As much as I love my GS, I really miss the Guzzi experience. I do all my own work on my bikes, and found the reliability and quality of parts and fasteners of my (pre-Aprillia/Piaggio) Guzzi to be at least equal to BMW, and in many cases, better. Of all the bikes I've owned, my Guzzi had the most character. I found it to be very, very reliable. I never had a problem with lack of dlr. network. Guzzi folks are very passionate, and very helpful for each other. I've been trying to find a way to own another Goose, and keep my GS. (Anyone wanna buy an '82 R100RS??) Good luck with your decision.... I hope my experience helps.
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  10. crashdown

    crashdown disciple de la poussiere

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    I try it last summer and i found it very similar on every aspect to the GS accept the exause tone i love it very distaint long term with it i still thinking of it the brand is doing the last desition
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  11. Chev.

    Chev. The Final Drive?

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    That's my expectation for the newer Stelvio as well.

    Thanks to all for your comments :thumb
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  12. g_e_young

    g_e_young Born to ride

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    It's a wonderful bike. If you've got a decent dealer nearby, go for it...

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  13. madleemark

    madleemark Restless

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    the stelvio is a good looking bike, only thing i dont like on the looks is the headlights.And theres some very tempting prices on the secondhand market here in the uk. in my experience moto guzzi tend to be underated bikes by all, apart from folk who have had them.
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  14. Dan-M

    Dan-M Long timer

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    Guzzis are great but good Guzzi dealers are few and far between.
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    Off to Beasts
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  16. Bonerov

    Bonerov Damned dirty ape

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    I finally saw one of these in person this weekend, while riding in the Santa Cruz Hills. VERY good looking bike, with a FANTASTIC exhaust note. I've only ever had one Guzzi, and it was a terrible experience. Of course, it was a V-65 Lario that had been neglected horribly by the original owner, so it's not really a fair comparison.
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  17. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    I'm sorry - did I read that right? "TRUSTY" BMW? Where did you find one of those?
    Of course, one of the joys of Guzzi ownership is that you don't NEED a Dealer network (For long-time Guzzi owners, a "dealer" is a place that has lots of bikes parked outside and pretends to offer parts and service - except the part you need will inevitably be A) out of stock and B) cost three times what you can buy it from anywhere else, and the "service" will result in stripped threads, missing parts, strange oil-leaks and will cost several hundred dollars. And require that you return the bike at least three times so that they can try again.)
    Luckily, we don't need "Dealers" - unless you're a Banker with an expensive habit ... and own a BMW...
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  18. Adam R

    Adam R Been here awhile

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    Now the thread has moved to this sub forum you can check out the Stelvio reliability thread and the merged Stelvio thread. The main thing about owning a bike isn't a dealer network or parts back up - the biggest thing is what it's like to ride. The difference between a GS and a Stelvio is a subjective thing - go ride one if you can! I know which i chose ;)
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  19. Forseti

    Forseti Long timer

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    gs and stelvio are both good... but ride very different. Where the gs is much more refined the stelvio is much more visceral.... the stelvio is at least as reliable as the gs. It all depends on what and how much feel you like in the bike.
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  20. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    I found the Stelvio to feel heavy and clumsy compared to the GS as well as a tad underpowered, but maybe it was just the one I rode wasn't setup properly.
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