2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike
Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike

2009 Moto Guzzi Road Test

Kevin Ash

15, 2009

[This 2009 Guzzi Stelvio Road was originally published in the October issue of Rider magazine]

Of all the attempting to cash in on the success of R1200GS by producing rival Moto Guzzi ought to the best potential of all. all, the basic specification of the drive, single-sided swingarm, air/oil-cooled twin, dry single-plate just as easily come out of a catalog as a BMW one, cylinder aside. And let’s not forget, in the Guzzi was BMW’s main as a touring bike manufacturer.

a small slice of GS sales count as cashing in very for Moto Guzzi’s new Stelvio, as the old marque is making only bikes a year now, the GS is one of the world’s best-selling big-capacity A tenth of the GS sales figures represent a major increase in production numbers. Yet potentially the could achieve that, if the network and marketing are up to it.

The bike itself is powered by is essentially the same eight-valve as that fitted to the Griso the Stelvio’s quirky 4V designation, is definitely an eight-valve engine. The dithering in deciding if this is valves per cylinder or an eight-valve typifies a lack of organization still needs to be addressed at

It’s ironic then the Stelvio would do better for fitted with a torquier engine. As it is, the Stelvio feels it has an engine in the wrong state of for the use to which it generally will be Spin the big twin beyond rpm and it revs eagerly and pulls right up to the 8,000-rpm redline.

it’s fast and willing, but caning it like a sportbike the rest of the machine is designed for loaded up and putting plenty of miles behind it. Indeed, the name comes from the Stelvio Pass, known for its 84 bends and 9,049-foot altitude, not circumstances for unleashing the full of 105 horsepower.

Having said that, the is smooth and doesn’t protest at lugged along at much revs, and the midrange torque is in everyday riding. But throw in steep hills and a passenger, and be wishing for the BMW GS’s much pull–the German bike is where the Guzzi rider has to working the gearbox. At least selection is light, smooth and as is the fuel delivery –the is a little snatchy in low gears on throttle openings, otherwise the response is easy and reliable.

is first-rate— including EFI, fork, radial-mounted brakes, swingarm, etc.

The rest of the is unobtrusive, too, the carefully shaft drive/swingarm geometry well to cancel out the vertical pitching which used to be a of Guzzis, and of course it doesn’t the bike’s rear end and needs maintenance. It’s often the that shaft-drive bikes poorer ride quality their chain-driven equivalents, but the soaks up bumps well, if exhibiting some ride from the front rather the rear.

The suspension generally effectively though, soft at the of some feedback which is as expect on a bike of this and it doesn’t dive too much heavy braking despite the wheel travel. This is not a you’ll be flicking rapidly corners–it’s tall, heavy and has a wheelbase, but stability is good in and at speed, if the steering itself is light, taking a little to get used to, in fact. The steady again underlines the disparity the nature of the engine and the rest of the

Square digital display of tach includes fuel range, and average and peak among other useful

Other features that are important on a bike of this the dirt-bike pretensions, it’s a tourer–include comfort and fuel The seat is very roomy and I’d will cause no problems at the end of a day’s riding (we didn’t get so on the bike), and the same applies to the accommodation. Inevitably the rider need to be tall as even in the of its two height positions the seat is inches from the ground.

It can be raised to 33.1 inches if but it’s still not as high as the BMW lofty 33.5/34.3-inch seat, could be an important advantage to riders looking at the two.

The are wide and the footrests positioned to plenty of legroom, while some scope for adjusting the gear lever and rear lever to match small or feet, while the screen’s can be adjusted manually without the seat or using tools. In the position most riders find the airflow quiet and although taller ones get some wind noise.

But the capacity is half a gallon than the GS’s at 4.76 and although we didn’t get an opportunity to fuel consumption, you’d for a larger tank than on a bike made for the long As it is, it’s likely only riders will see 190 miles the tank runs dry, in the real world means at 150 miles or less, not really in this class.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike
Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike

Ample cornering clearance and a engine make the Stelvio suited to brisk riding.

You do get the adventure bike riders such as panniers (color heated grips, spotlights and navigation, but so far no ABS. This likely be an option later in the The standard Guzzi/Aprilia dash, an mix of round tach with info panel, usefully include fuel economy and average and peak speed, ambient temperature is missing.

leaves the looks. Show of the Stelvio were clumsy but the production version is much with a strong presence and its is well disguised by attractive It’s only around the that the style stops so well.

The colors available are black or white.

The Stelvio end up as Guzzi’s best-selling bike as it several of the GS’s most features, but an engine designed for torque and less horsepower make it better, and a bigger tank would be useful, The build quality is generally although on my example the cubby-hole set the tank (and operated by a button on the left handlebar) fly open at high revs–there my passport!

BMW’s ace is the much higher and distribution of its dealers. Guzzi has a way to go here.

Moto Guzzi’s (Reactive Shaft Drive in English) prevents any driveshaft from intruding on the ride.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio Specifications Chart

Base $14,990

Engine Type: longitudinal 90-degree V-twin, 4 valves per cyl.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike


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