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Moto Guzzi Stelvio

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Adventure Tourer

Adventure are blank slates capable of anything depending on the willingness to a bit here and there, as well willingness to blow a hole in Master Card account. The Moto Guzzi Stelvio ABS I seemed to fit this mold as it to be a good platform for which to a bike that would be to accompany me anywhere on any type of It is delivered from Italy adequate wind protection, a rack (no luggage however), suspension and a day long comfortable position. Where I took it here was up to me…

Making her a Road

As a jack of all trades bikes, the can do pretty much anything, and itself well to modifications to it for however you intend to use it. If you want to log high speed miles on the as with most adventure more than likely want to improve on the stock protection. For this, I turned to Scientific, or CalSci as their call them ( ), and up their medium Stelvio

The cost of additional touring from CalSci is $185, and for you get 4.5mm DOT certified impact plastic in dimensions that are wider and taller than the screen.

Upon first inspection notice that CalSci has cut a out at the bottom of the screen that is to smooth air flow to the rider, back pressure and turbulence, a ride with much buffeting and noise than the screen. Additionally it seems care was taken to maintain optics as there is very visual distortion with the Stelvio screen.

Upon the windscreen took only a few to mount up as the fit of the CalSci screen is However, the finish left a bit to be desired as some of the laser cut were left a little especially around the vent. The edges appeared clean and to be polished to improve appearance.

The Stelvio screen is adjustable a 2 inch track, and this is still usable with the screen. With the screen all of the way there is a noted improvement in and turbulence at all speeds, and at most 2 lane speeds I am able to comfortably with my helmet’s up; which is a welcome exercise in the of the summer. Most of the time on my is spent with the shield in lower position, and the overall when compared to stock is noticeable.

As speeds increase, or as drop riders may choose to the screen to the up position as it does protection in the saddle. At a towering I can see over the screen in the up position, and it is in the position here that it its best job of quieting the ride and out the cockpit area. The windscreen’s does help, but obviously wind protection for the rider at the expense of some air flow.

However, it is a trade off worth as interstate speeds are much behind the CalSci screen.

The issue with the screen in the up is that it does interfere the Moto Guzzi branded as the bars near full to either the right or left. In the position, however, there is no between the handguard and the windscreen. Due to interference, riders will to adjust the screen down for in or adventure riding when a sweep of the handlebars may be needed; but for speed/higher mileage work will be pleased with the screen adjusted up.

Peruse website and you’ll see that is some serious science their products, and that are some smart guys like rolling around on 2 They do not simply cut a bigger of plastic and slap a price tag on it and it off to their consumer.

They windscreens for many different and models including Harley, KTM, Kawasaki, Buell, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, and and I can honestly say that having their screen on 3 different I have been pleased all of them. As far as the Stelvio screen is California Scientific has produced a thought out windscreen that improved the touring ability of bike.

Pack Mule Duties

One of the with owning a Moto is that since they are rare out on the road the aftermarket is not as plentiful as it is for most other When it came time to my Stelvio with luggage, it that the only options the Moto Guzzi branded luggage, or off of the shelf Givi

For my Stelvio I wanted to do something a bit than aluminum bags and robust than the typical street cases, and in my search I across Caribou Cases ). Caribou makes several rack and case kits for popular adventure bikes, but does not offer racks for the However, Caribou Cases manufacture an adapter kit that allow his Pelican based cases to be mounted to any Givi case rack.

Caribou are modified Pelican/Storm cases, are side opening “suit style case used by the photographers, boaters and many that have expensive they need to keep dry and Caribou Cases are warranted for and all of the attached hardware is covered by a 1 guarantee. Caribou Cases that the “Caribou system is by far the and most waterproof on the market.”

The Caribou Cases are easily in a few minutes with basic tools as the cases arrived to accept the Caribou hardware. the hardware is installed you simply down the case down the Givi mounting lugs and them to the rack by turning the cam latch. The cases are easily when needed by unlocking the turning it and lifting the case up.

Caribou modifies each with a keyed lock for and a lid tether keeps the door falling open when you to get into you case. The lid tether snaps on and off in case you ever to open the case for full

The cases are waterproof, as advertised, and I (thankfully) haven’t tested robustness in a fall on the Stelvio, we Pelican cases on our TAT trip and held up very well in all even with a loaded DR 650 napping on top of them. Pelican and the Caribou system have a reputation for ruggedness among bike enthusiasts.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike

When them on the Stelvio, however, Pioszak of Caribou Cases that there may be a clearance with the non-pipe side interfering with the passenger rail. While the pipe mounted without any necessary the other side did not have clearance to allow for the cam latch to operate. When I ran into issue, I called Caribou and received immediate feedback and both via telephone and email.

With Roger’s assistance we able to come up with a for my bike. It is worth noting this is a Stelvio specific and that the other Caribou do not have this interference when used with racks.

As I have found using Caribou Cases one of the of the Pelican/Storm case based system is that the cases a regular shape and, as a are easy to pack with the case being usable. they maintain a narrower than most other as the total rear width the 32 liter cases as pictured on the measures 39”; which is 3” than the Moto Guzzi side bags. The price for the Cases and Givi adapter kit from $485-$495, and the adapter kit can be as a do-it-yourself kit if you already have and are looking for a way to mount them to a rack.

Caribou Case many accessories and mounting for their cases to assist packing and travel, as well as rack and case kits for different adventure bikes. Got to or call them at (303)786-8947 to more.

Adventure bikes are among the growing segments in motorcycling and I it is because adventure bikes, of make or model offer versatility than most motorcycles. Adventure bikes are platforms for riders that a bike that can do a bit of everything as can tour, hustle through the bits, eat up bad roads or off road and at home a bit dirty. By bolting on the screen and some side from Caribou the Stelvio has much more capable of big while hauling all of the crap we we need out there.



Solid at all speeds

Good Fit, adjustability

No distortion when through screen


with handguards in up position

Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike
Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike
Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike
Moto Guzzi Stelvio Sport Bike


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