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Moto Guzzi Stelvio (merged) threadfest...

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

  1. Dracula

    Dracula Moto Guzzi jockey Supporter

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    When I serviced & upgraded my forks (gee, I just looked,.. its now over 60,000 miles!!! :eek7 ) there was a scar inside one of the tubes. No idea where from. Looked as if someone sanded the tube, as a joke. I reckoned that can't be good for bushings wear and tried best I could to install the upper fork tube rotated sideways from its original position, so it would apply friction/pression in a different spot. Although now when I think about it it no longer makes sense what I am writing.. Anyway, they're still not leaking and I do not have any long trip planned, so am just pushing my luck and really being lazy.. I'd rather ride it. Your comment about 'where it would normally sit' makes very much sense, and probably why I do not notice any ill effects while riding..
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  2. Bonafide Bob

    Bonafide Bob Long timer Supporter

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    I am not sure I would have shared that photo if it happened to me. :)
    What is your lifting process?
    Bob
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  3. Dracula

    Dracula Moto Guzzi jockey Supporter

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    I am an open (comical) book.. :lol3 In that instance it was pure grunt, back against the seat and 'walking' it back up. In retrospect, I should have removed the Givi topcase which weighed around 25 lbs all on its own.

    There was another time I was totally unable to lift her up. My feet were just digging in the ground and I could barely lift her few inches only to drop it back... I was in for a long afternoon on that mountain forest road but got lucky when a jeep came by and driver helped me lift it.

    I will say, this bike is the heaviest I ever had to lift. It feels at times like I am literally trying to lift a Volkswagen. The cylinder configuration doesn't work to our advantage in this scenario. Even the FJR1300 wasn't nearly as top heavy to lift from fallen down. Easiest was the GS 1200 by far - since the cylinders never allow it to completely get horizontal.

    Now I carry a ratcheting/ telescoping prop gadget zip-tied to the rear seat, but have never used it thus far. I should at least practice some day. It does add some three more pounds to the overall weight! :photog
  4. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I put together an ultra-light pulley system with three or four pulleys and 150 feet of 1000-pound dyneema cord. I do not have a prop to go with it - was thinking more of getting a smaller bike out of ravine rather than standing a big bike upright but it should be able to do both. Will have to look at some of the other gadgets out there and see what might work. I had to pick up my girlfriend's F650GS the other day and when it was flat on the ground, it was more of a struggle than I expected - and is probably 230-pounds lighter than the Stelvio (maybe more.)
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  5. hipine

    hipine Follow at your own risk... Supporter

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    I think it's the left tube on my bike that has the exact same condition. Other than being visually discernible if you're looking for it, I've never had any ill effect. Glad to know it'll go a hundred thousand that way! :)

    -Dave G.
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  6. hipine

    hipine Follow at your own risk... Supporter

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    An opportune time to change exhaust gaskets! :)

    -Dave G.
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  7. Dracula

    Dracula Moto Guzzi jockey Supporter

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    The lift table I bought several years ago, precisely because some folks here (and some who no longer post here) is really making exhaust gaskets replacement, and other maintenance tasks, nearly a pleasure. Whereas before it was a painful on my knees, elbows and on my back on the garage floor, calisthenics exercise.
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  8. Dracula

    Dracula Moto Guzzi jockey Supporter

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    I don't know what or who is in charge of quality control there, man.
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  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I can't find the maximum load rating of the Stelvio in any published specs. Already planning a camping trip with friends and GF. We're not huge, nor do we overpack but I'd still like to know whether we'll be pushing the limits or comfortably within them.
  10. Dracula

    Dracula Moto Guzzi jockey Supporter

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    You need a Wilbers shock. :lol3 .. just joking
    Kerb weight of NTX full house
    vehicle
    296 kg (652.57 lb)


    Maximum weight allowed - STD/
    NTX version
    495 kg (1091.29 lb)

    There is no such thing as 'overpacking' a Stelvio :augie
    [​IMG]
  11. Reddog*

    Reddog* Meh.........

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    Crank the preload all the way, then load it like a school bus going to summer camp.
  12. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    :lol2
  13. Doc.

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    Watch the loading you put on the Rack, the two Steel Bars under the plastic Cover are prone to cracking at the rear mounting holes.
    Ask Drac about his experience!
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  14. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Not going to be loading it up like a rented mule - Just making sure my (slightly) portly arse and the GF are not going to be bottoming out the suspension over every little ripple.
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    We're going to need a picture of the girlfriend, then we can let you know
  16. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    This is the best she will authorize:
    2017_09_03 16_32_36_IMG_0714.jpg
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  17. Gillmeister

    Gillmeister Been here awhile

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    And ride it like you stole it !!
  18. Doc.

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    I've never agreed with that sentiment.
    I say, ride it like you Rented it ~ don't hold back, but bear in mind you'll end up paying for any damage done. :thumb
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  20. Dracula

    Dracula Moto Guzzi jockey Supporter

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    I dunno about what exactly y'all call 'like stolen' or 'like rented', but find that personally when riding it with fury it's nowhere near as enjoyable than when ridden nice and sweet, selecting deliberately all the actions at just the right timing, shifting, throttle roll on, loading up the chassis nicely, a touch of brake when needed, that kind of thing.. Smoooothhh is the real pleasure, for me. :rayof:ricky :jkam