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2009 Benelli Tre-K and Guzzi Stelvio — Reviews

Adventure Motorcycle

There is something redundant the term “adventure bike”. In my all motorcycles and all my rides are adventures of one or another. Whether it is the call of the highway, a serpentine canyon or a commute through town to every excursion turns out to be of an adventure.

Regardless, the category of bikes has a draw all its own. we had the Benelli Tre-K 1130 and Moto Guzzi Stelvio in our herd, the frequency of “Hey, go riding!” calls to my iPhone increased. It seems that motorcycles promise that little bit of, dare I say, everyone wants a taste.

The offered by each bike is not what your motorcycling might anticipate. One could expect the Amazonas and Stelvio to some Italian genetic with the Ducati Multistrada and the discontinued) Aprilia Caponord. the Benelli has more in common England’s Triumph Tiger, the Moto Guzzi prepares to do battle with Germany’s BMW R 1200 GS.

To further confuse the by swapping countries, the Benelli is a equivalent of the Porsche Cayenne while the Moto Guzzi Land Rover LR3 territory. adventure you signed up for? be prepared for some surprises.

The inkling that these two are not direct competitors comes as as you saddle up. With a seat over 37 inches-about the same as a CRF250X off-road racer- the will have you on your unless you are six-feet tall. The suspension-50mm Marzocchi forks and Technology shock-has seven of travel and does not sag much the rider aboard.

The bars are and have brush guards, ready to take on the Amazon.

Its seat over four lower-similar to an R 1200 GS with a option-the Stelvio is easily You feel at ease when as most riders will be to rest flat-footed with The Stelvio’s bars are very and high, with no hand Guzzi’s shorter suspension is within an inch of the Benelli’s, and use a 19-inch-front/17-inch-rear wheel combination, so the height comes primarily the design of the chassis.

In your the Amazonas is a large, ready-for-dirt while the Stelvio is a big street-going That’s wrong, but you will not fi nd out until you hit the dirt.

Our street were eye-opening, as well as fun. There is probably Ultimate MotorCycling Publisher and Arthur Coldwells loves than a fast ride the mountains. Although he might that ride to be through the our local San Gabriel mountain grants a worthy alternative, to the sweeping Angeles Forest and technical Big Tujunga Canyon

Aboard the Amazonas, Arthur realized the street-going worth of the The 123-hp triple loves to and has cornering clearance to spare. wisdom informs us that a bike will be unwieldy in but the taut suspension, Metzeler tires, and chassis were up to the Arthur was diving hard the corners, in spite of the Amazonas’ brakes, then twisting it on as the power-plant rapidly attacked its redline.

Like the Porsche earlier, this is a tall that delivers on the pavement. It is a sport bike.

Given uncommon street skills, I disappearing out of the Benelli’s rearview almost instantly. The Moto relatively meager peak of 103 hp at an easily attainable 7500 and maximum torque 1100 rpm and nothing happens quickly the big pushrod V-twin. That my riding style perfectly-smooth and

Using the Stelvio’s ease of sufficient ground clearance and Pirelli Scorpion Sync I was able to keep Arthur in even though I never to catch him. I relied on braking, primarily, as the radial-mounted in the front were unexpectedly

And, to be fair, had Arthur to leave me far behind by pushing both he and the Amazonas were capable of doing so. Off-Road Jess McKinley had done that on an earlier ride Santa Barbara and Ojai, as he was a kid in a candy store on the sporting exuberant smile I saw on his face I caught up at a stoplight told the

Not intended to satisfy the purist carver, the Stelvio is a highly ride for those of us who need forgiving of our inevitable mistakes. It nicely fits my idea of an sport-tourer that is ready for

The rough-but-paved roads hugging Rock Reservoir offered insight-neither bike is concerned degraded pavement. Again, the chassis and suspension of both handled potholes, cracks and without drama. Without a if pavement exists, these are ready for back-road adventures.

for the hills with dirt on our the tables turned quickly. closer examination, the Amazonas is not in leaving the pavement, let alone any The flimsy “skidplate” is nothing than a guard to prevent pebbles from striking the cases and exhaust head-pipes; a hit would demolish it.

Also, the ergonomics quickly dissuade you leaving your seat. The tank defl ects knees as you transition to a standing so you tend to stay seated.

Showing some temerity, and Jess’s earlier suggestion to me the Stelvio is nearly as capable as his personal R 1200 GS Adventure, I past the parked Amazonas to see the Stelvio would take me. On roads, it is perfectly composed, the Guzzi is no dirt bike-it’s a liter-plus bike with of weight and girth. However, the skidplate is heavy-duty and the cylinder crash guards purely


Happily, the Stelvio is ergonomically for off-road riding. The bars the necessary leverage and it is reassuring in a position. With my comfort expanded, hubris urged me to the road-paved or not-and strike out the aptly named Little Wash. This rock-filled was certainly a challenge for the Stelvio and me; I my momentum up and my feet on the pegs, to success.

Like the open-class BMW the Stelvio requires a certain of faith in the dirt. You have to be to be aggressive, though not overly using the throttle and momentum to your way through difficult

The freeway ride home an Achilles’ heel for both vibration. Not a smoothly thumping like other Guzzis-though was our first experience with a Stelvio constantly attacks hands at freeway speeds in gear. It’s not a buzz, but like a small hammer is pounding your

palms. and running higher in the rev range some temporary relief, but it is not a solution. We blame the bar risers and over-wide bars for amplifying the natural pulses.

Some with aftermarket bars is in

Buzziness is the bane of the Amazonas. it tops 4000 rpm, the is on. It begins with your then migrates to the seat as the climb, then finally at your feet near is no escaping the buzz; you can only it.

It is a shame that two bikes would make outstanding bikes are so disagreeable on the freeway.

Editor Shawn Pickett is adventurer among us; he is the type of who thinks nothing of hopping on his with Alaska as a destination. Or, he take a Kawasaki Concours three wide states the weekend to visit a UFO museum his Oct/Nov 2008 Downshift). up with something interesting for him is as cult as it sounds.

But, he mentioned he had never seen California’s Carrizo Plain Monument, we had a destination.

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Bisected by the San Fault, between the Trembler and mountain ranges, Carrizo is a place of desolate beauty, the stark white Soda as its centerpiece. Soda Lake which runs between the and southern borders, features a stretch of dirt separating two of rugged pavement.

After up in Ojai, we hustled down 33 toward New Cuyama on Highway 166 for at the inviting, family-run Burger before attacking the Carrizo The Stelvio and Amazonas reprised roles on the street, with the loving to be pushed and the Guzzi life easy for its pilot.

The straight through Ventucopa room to test the upper of sixth gear on both and they are rock solid. the windshield on each bike extra protection, but how much you like the redirection of the blast be determined by your height.

We had intended to gas up in New Cuyama, but fuel was not With the Benelli packing six gallons and the Guzzi carrying a gallon less, I figured we okay. But, just as we hit the section,

the Benelli’s low-fuel clicked on, about 120 miles the tank. Regardless, we took off at speed over the well-maintained road.

The Stelvio was a dream is exactly what the bike was to do. In comparison, the Amazonas was reasonable, but the washboard sections were as the firm suspension was not responding and the skittered around.Also, the Amazonas’ footpegs are great for sport but offer an inadequate platform off the One nice feature is an engine-detuning that takes the edge off the power delivery, making it to handle in the dirt and more when cruising on the street.

before the pavement resumed, the is considerably less thirsty-lit up the pump icon. With 40 and hilly miles to go before a gas would appear, we were a bit We rode up to the Soda Lake and contemplated our fate.

Rather hit the road to Taft and hope we run dry, it was time for an adventure. are scarce in the valley, but they are Someone, I thought, must fuel. We saw a family of dirt riders camped nearby, but were there on a day-trip, and had a full five-gallon jug at home.

off-road exploration revealed a that looked to be currently

We parked the bikes at the gate, and I in, hoping to purchase some The couple that warily initially claimed to be without But, as I turned to leave, the “remembered” a six-gallon can in the back. He out that wandering souls out to the Carrizo Plain quite without proper provisions, and he help everyone.

But, he was a motorcycle enthusiast and the two Italian bikes caught his

With the agreement that we not reveal to anyone where we got the he filled up the Amazonas and nearly the as he shared some jaw-dropping gathered during his 30 years in the valley. We handed him $80, he reluctantly accepted, and we were set to the 175-mile ride back to the

Undoubtedly, you can have adventures on sorts of motorcycles. But, is something about the Moto Stelvio and Benelli Tre-K that invited us to take we might not have considered on bikes. We went out on a limb, got out by a friendly stranger, and lived to the tale of adventure.

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