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Defecting to Italy: My life with a Stelvio

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by aftCG, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. Lupin 3rd

    Lupin 3rd Raygun Gothic

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    Really like the lightweight 'drillium' modification to your windscreen mounts!
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  2. Doc.

    Doc. Long timer Supporter

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    I'm easily bored, always looking for things to mess with!!
  3. Festus

    Festus Been here awhile

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    Anything new on a batch of bash plates? Might be a good time for a bunch of people to earmark a chunk of that stimulus check. :D:D:D
  4. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb... Supporter

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    Yes, my Norge is STILL waiting for a chance to masquerade as a 'real' ADV bike...:lol3
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  5. xcountry41

    xcountry41 Been here awhile

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    What Stimulus cheque? I thought we were the socialists:D I need a free Mivv:rofl
  6. Festus

    Festus Been here awhile

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    I haven't gotten one, wish I had. Our business is shut down.
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  7. xcountry41

    xcountry41 Been here awhile

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    Well I hope things work out somehow for folks . Which includes staying healthy but getting things moving as soon as it makes sense. No stimulus or rescue cheque for our family either . Fortunate to be in industries that are required to help people along and employment has continued. All the best to all in here
  8. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    The Stelvio is not only heavy but tall and massive in general. How tall are you? It is one thing to be 6'+ tall and ride a Stelvio, it is another to be only 5'9" like many of us are.

    Too bad the dealer in Seattle closed and the one in Portland as well as the one in Spokane (not carrying Piaggio anyway). I'd really consider a new V85 but with no shop near me that has me leaning towards another bike.

    NC


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  9. Dons1911

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    There is still a Moto Guzzi dealer in Seattle, Optimum Performance Motorsports. They handled the warranty work on my Stelvio back in December. They had a couple V85's there then, and their website says the have a few in stock now. If you want to check out a Stelvio in person, holler!
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  10. joe cool

    joe cool Long timer Supporter

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    I’m only 5’8 and my Stelvio has 1” taller custom seat. I also love my KTM 640 adv. never been a problem.
  11. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    I will add that I love a tall bike, ONCE MY FEET ARE OFF THE GROUND!

    There is no substitute for that commanding view of the road that only a tall bike can provide. And even putting an almost flat foot on the ground is not a big deal at stop lights. But add 50 pounds of gear, lean the bike too far or jockey it around and all that mass up high adds too much anxiety.

    I sat on a Stelvio a few years ago in Seattle and despite the heft, it felt great.

    Appreciate the comments on the dealer in Kirkland, if they allow us to get out and spend money, I hope to pick up a new bike in the next 30 days. But if I get another bad month of income in May, the deal will be off. Not trying to be petty and punish a motorcycle dealer whose hands are tied, but it is going to take months if not years to recover. I will not be a first mover.

    NC


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  12. aftCG

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    I'm 6'2" and can just barely get both feet on the ground at the same time. Plenty of people shorter than me do quite well though. People that are much shorter would be well served to check out the V85.
    You can only get so much ground clearance before the foot peg to seat distance causes a problem.
  13. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    While a $30,000 BMW R1250RT is off the table for financial reasons, the comment I bolded sums up my one complaint with that bike. To get the seat as low as it is you have a cramped foot peg to seat distance that would mean peg lowering or a taller seat. A taller seat is easiest, but then we are back to the heft of a now 600 pound bike.

    I am torn between the V85 and a Tiger 900 though the V85 is WAY less money and only needs a skid plate, heated grips and center stand out the door.

    NC


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  14. xcountry41

    xcountry41 Been here awhile

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    5’8” with a 31.5 “ inseam, starting to shrink but only ever think about the height when paddling around in a parking lot when there is still pea gravel around from winter sanding. Grew up racing motocross bikes and have never really flat footed any MC. Just purchased a 2013 Griso to compliment the Stelvio and will admit I’m looking forward to the slightly lower seat height.
    Cheers
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  15. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    ....and waaaaayyy easier to maintain. Doesn't the V85 come with a skid plate? Thought it did.
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  16. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    You are correct. I would only need heated grips, center stand and a taller windshield. Skid plate is taken care of.

    NC

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  17. xcountry41

    xcountry41 Been here awhile

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    Well while waiting for gaskets to arrive I picked this up to help with the spring jitters. Introducing my 2013 Griso 1200SE Diavolo Nero ( Black Devil). BA9FDA6E-2CFC-4F90-AA81-D09651C626A9.jpeg
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  18. xcountry41

    xcountry41 Been here awhile

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    Now I get to pretend to be a bad ass....without the doo rag, tats, or Harley. First impressions are, this thing goes like stink and sounds awesome ( the bad ass part):lol3should make a good stable mate for my Stelvio!
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  19. aftCG

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    I find it hard to believe anyone could hate on a Griso. I approve of this purchase
  20. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    There is zero downside to having a Griso in the stable. It's impossible to ride without at least smiling and more often than not, laughing out loud.

    This is my wifes bike. She lets me ride it occasionally, and ever time I get off it, I'm grinning like an idiot.

    [​IMG]

    Now XC, head over to the grisoghetto.com and get yourself the fantastic beetlemap for that thing (if it hasn't already been done). You think it's fun now......
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