2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V ABS RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring &…

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V

2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V ABS

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Text: Ken Freund • Photography: Alfonse Palaima

At 9,045 feet, Stelvio is the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps and the highest in the eastern Alps. I can say firsthand that with 60 tight switchbacks, Stelvio truly is a challenge! Moto Guzzi named its 1200cc Stelvio model after the legendary Stelvio Pass for good reason: the potent powerplant, capable suspension, and comfortable ergonomics make this adventure-touring namesake well suited for rugged, long-distance mountain riding.

In 2005, I toured the Guzzi factory in northern Italy (before riding the nearby Pass) and noticed four-valve cylinder heads in the research and development lab. MG’s Stelvio now carries the fruit of this labor, with its powerful, higher-revving quattro-valvole (four-valve) motore. The signature longitudinal-crankshaft SOHC 90° V-twin is rated 105 (crankshaft) horsepower at 7,500 rpm — making it Moto Guzzi’s most powerful production engine ever.

For 2010, Moto Guzzi retuned the engine with new camshafts, revised injection mapping, and added a larger-volume airbox for a broader power band. Maximum torque of 80 lb-ft peaks at 5,800 rpm (down from last year’s 6,400), for strong mid-range acceleration.

Starting is quick and drivability excellent with the Weber-Marelli injection. By 4,000 rpm, the engine really begins to come alive and pulls strongly to its 8,000-rpm redline with a guttural roar. The torque-rich responsiveness of the engine is very pleasing, with power to spare, and vibration is moderate throughout the rev range.

To absorb heat generated by the 11:0 compression, the underside of the forged pistons are cooled by oil jets, and oil is also routed near the exhaust valves, with heat dissipated by a front-mounted oil cooler. Since I tested the Stelvio in hot weather, I could feel some heat on my knees, but not anything excessive.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V

The six-speed gearbox is quick shifting, precise, and neutral is easy to access, with a nice selection of ratios. Gear-ratio spacing seems just right and sixth gear is tall for relaxed highway cruising. There’s a new more fade resistant single-plate clutch with less flywheel inertia that helps shifting.

Its hydraulic actuation is smooth, easy to modulate, and lever effort is light.

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For the complete article of the riding impression(s) and technical specifications, please purchase the September/October 2010 back issue.

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