Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8v and NTX 2011: Better facing the army GS

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V NTX
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V NTX

Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8v and NTX 2011: Better facing the army GS

The maximum road trails are on the rise, but if the BMW R1200GS is the undisputed queen of the category, the attacks coming from all directions. Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 is leading the offensive. Declined in 2011 8v version or NTX, the adventurer Mandela sharpens his weapons carefully: self up, engine and frame retouched.

Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8v and 1200 NTX 2011: First test

The critics are unanimous since its launch in 2008: Moto Guzzi Stelvio motorcycle is a good family. In good trail road, she is acclaimed for its versatility, comfort, performance, but also his ability to go on an adventure. All the more since 2009, the model “base” has been joined by a version of NTX with the full panoply of the perfect adventurer.

Not necessarily less rigorous than the BMW R1200GS, the reference category, particularly in terms of suspensions, the Guzzi brings touch of fun which sometimes lacks the rigorous – but a bit austere – Bavarian. For us, the Italian is definitely sexier than the German.

But faced with a difficult criticism BMW (except perhaps as regards the rate of its many options …), Stelvio lacked certain refinements; the engineers of Mandello del Lario bring us today. It criticized the lack of autonomy from its 18 liter tank: here with a capacity of supertanker. 32 liters of premium boarding, now it promises to be able to browse almost 450 km without going to the pump; the tuners torque were sometimes rough and really poor at low speeds.

The legendary V2 changes slightly for more pleasure. Little by little, finally, its chassis is refined. This remodeling the closer he provided the Germanic perfection?

On the winding roads of Tuscany, take without delay the measure of this Stelvio 1200 8V 2011.

A supertanker with hourglass

At first glance, the aesthetics of the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 2011 does not overturn the canons established by previous versions. However, even if the optical block remains the same, the bow is plumper than before. We do have to do a completely redesigned front fascia.

More massive, even sportier, it allows integrating a tank whose capacity has almost doubled. Nice technical achievement on the part of engineers home, because once in the saddle, the difference is imperceptible. At birth the seat, the notch is identical and depressions in the tank always perfectly natural thoughts to wedge your knees, give an impression of finesse general rejoicing.

However, we deplore the loss of convenient storage compartment: an inevitable concession to a greatly increased autonomy, we are assured one. If the ergonomics remain the same – with a handling of mapping modes still not easy, due to the proximity of the buttons placed on the left stalk – protection seems best with the new design of the bubble, a few inches wider in its lower part. The first laps confirm the impression of comfort.

Conditions are now ideal to enjoy the pleasure of a mechanical performance, we are told, improved. An audit is required!

The engine the more torque range Guzzi

The Rise of cross-twin Guzzi is always a rather unusual … and friendly. His rhythm captivates, seduces his overturning moment, but it is with great flexibility it takes you. The big twin still pulls at 2000 rev / min, but, on the previous generation, we deplore its lack of effect on the exit hairpin Senate at this rate.

The new electronic control unit ECU, the new injection mapping, new plugs, lambda sensors exhausts journals and the cooling welcoming a larger radiator to bear fruit.

Stalled on the sixth report to 90 km / h (roughly the 3200 r / min), is wound by asking fewer questions about the times, a tad more volunteers than ever before. The curves of the new Stelvio engine are smoother and more evenly distributed power seems low and midrange. This does not prevent the Italian trail to show even more explosive with the approach of 5000 rev / min, where he happily pulls on the arms without flinching to the entrance of the red zone, located at 7800 tr / min.

The sensations offered by the large torque are there and play the box is a joy to watch as the transmission fluid and soft commands.

This development does not necessarily transcends the old version, but taking the handlebar of the Stelvio just after releasing one of the new Norge 8v, it is clear that this engine is still the most enjoyable family Guzzi. Best of all, its consumption of 6 liters/100km be around, at least if one believes the trip computer – then we have spared no trial frames. An additional benefit when prices at the pump ignited.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V NTX

A clutch but no traction control

The handling of the Stelvio 2011 is still as good. The suspensions firmed bring additional rigor in the heading hold, especially on the fast curve and angle changes. Anyway, in this area, the former was already excelling. Always as agile, the Eagle on stilts provides a more robust braking, which can be supported, depending on the version, by a latest generation ABS (an essential option to hear the fight with GS).

The outbreak of the anti-lock appeared in 2009 seemed to us sometimes too sensitive: it is now ancient history. If the validity of this assistance is denied, we remain skeptical about the effectiveness of the torque limiter (ATC) from bitumen. On soft surface, do not expect to open the throttle without spinning the rear wheel: this is more to wet, dirty or imperfectly coated, it is intended.

The absence of a real traction, like the BMW AUC, is ultimately not too damaging road, the field of election Stelvio 8v. However, it could be more on NTX adventurer, when its owner wants to take him off the beaten track. Too bad: this version is fully fitted particularly well equipped to compete with the GS Adventure.

In the equipment of the 8v, the NTX effect adds a bubble top, side deflectors, a bottom plate, aluminum, guards, firewalls, cylinders, hand guards, not to mention its two magnificent canteens aluminum.

Appraisal: Dear seduction

Now has a gas tank for a true traveler, a slightly improved engine performance and a chassis barely refined, anti-GS Latin offers new arguments against the best-selling of road trails. The BMW R1200GS is embarking base 20 liters, the Stelvio 8v even has an advantage in terms of autonomy, an argument that might fly.

Homogeneous, comfortable for the driver as the passenger, reassuring and efficient, the Stelvio 8v imposes a certain charisma and particularly rewarding. These charms are even magnified version of NTX, when the new black color perfectly suitable. Now, this will prove he sufficient to trigger a wave of acts of purchase?

Not sure, because the rate of premium Moto Guzzi Stelvio 2011 – from € 13,590 to € 15,690 without options – still too close to that of the reference BMW to win the match on this criterion alone. To each his choice to refine, test support, between Germanic rigor and Italian character, remembering to go through the box Maxitest, to reassure readers back to the particular Service.

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