Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX Ash On Bikes

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Moto Guzzi 750 NTX

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

By Ash

Pictures: Milagro

Of all the manufacturers to cash in on the success of BMW-s GS by producing rival machines, Guzzi ought to have the potential of the lot. After the basic specification of the GS — drive, single-sided swingarm, air-cooled twin, dry single-plate 105bhp — could as easily come out of a Guzzi as a BMW one. And let-s not forget, in the Guzzi was BMW-s main as a touring bike manufacturer.

on image for gallery Finally, year Guzzi brought out the a bike designed to do exactly rival the ubiquitous GS. Even a slice of GS sales would counted as cashing in very as the old Italian marque is reduced to industry capacity these with sales now hovering 8,000 a year, whereas the GS is one of the best selling big capacity A mere tenth of the GS sales would represent an increase in production numbers so great it struggle to cope.

It might have done it, if only the network and marketing was up to it. But the dealers are too spread and don-t really with BMW ones, while the inevitably suffered from one problem: it-s not a BMW GS like and Charlie rode around the There was one more issue the Stelvio was powered by the same engine as fitted to the Griso 8V ignore the Stelvio-s 4V designation, it had eight — and it was simply the motor for this kind of with too much peak and not enough torque.

Enter the Stelvio NTX, looks to be pitching more at the BMW R GS Adventure, with its stronger bias. The NTX name comes a 1986 Guzzi off-roader for the Paris-Dakar and Pharoahs rallies the bike originally was to be called the TT, but that’s now changed. It-s on the stock Stelvio with additions, including an aluminium guard, hand protectors, a of aluminium side cases, protector bars and halogen

The rear wheel rim is narrower to the range of off-road and trail that can be fitted — you can specify enduro tyres buying new, though in the vast majority of these will be used for touring.

important than any of this, the NTX has a engine, with new cam profiles and designed to boost mid-range In fact although the claim for horsepower remains the same, says it-s a little maybe 3bhp, but they-ve the claim alone as otherwise it mean rehomologating the motor, is expensive!

More important, peak is up from 80lb.ft (11.0kgm, at 6,400rpm to 83lb.ft (11.5kgm, at 5,800rpm, a significant attempt to out that missing mid-range. still, the stock Stelvio also get the new engine from year too.

After all they took us into the to test the bike, which was for the fabulous scenery, less for assessing the engine as we were at an altitude of up to (7,500ft) (2,300m) cut power by around 20 per cent! For reason I-ll have to a definitive judgement until I get of a bike in the UK, but at least the signs good.

The engine still eagerly enough and despite the I needed to change gear than before even some very steep and roads. It-s smooth a lot less vibey than a BMW revved hard but with at as much character. Nor does it at being lugged along at revs.

Gear selection is smooth and dependable, as on the stock (and nothing-s changed so it should be), and the fuelling is the small amount of snatchiness the 08 exhibited is gone, and the throttle is easy and reliable.

The rest of the is unobtrusive too. The clutch is for a lighter lever action and mass to improve throttle while the carefully designed drive-swingarm geometry working to cancel out the vertical pitching used to be a feature of Guzzis. It dirty the bike-s rear end and needs little maintenance.

It-s often the case shaft drive bikes poorer ride quality their chain driven but the Stelvio soaks up bumps front and rear. It-s at the expense of some feedback is as you-d expect on a bike of nature, but you still get more about what the tyres are up to on a GS, making the NTX more pleasurable and to chuck around fast, and the conventional forks it doesn-t too much under heavy

This is not a bike you-ll be rapidly through corners, tall, heavy and has a long but stability is good in turns and at while the light, neutral disguises the bike-s weight effectively.

Other features are especially important on a bike of nature — forget the bike pretensions, it-s a distance tourer — comfort and fuel range. The is very roomy and all-day and the same applies to the passenger although the panniers prevent the from resting the balls of his or her on the footrests, so they-re pushed and can interfere with the rider-s.

Inevitably the rider does to be tall as even in the lowest of its two positions the seat is a 820mm the ground. It can be raised to 840mm if but it-s still not as high as the BMW lofty 850/870mm seat, could be an important advantage to riders looking at the two. said that, BMW has special low of many of its bikes, including the GS.

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.

The capacity is two litres less the GS-s at 4 gallons (18 litres), and we didn-t get an opportunity to measure consumption, you-d hope for a tank than this on a made for the long haul as it is, 200 miles (300km) should before the tank runs which is not too bad. A big tank like the GS Adventure-s 7.3 gallons (33 would be popular though, I-m

ABS is standard on the NTX and this works smooth without increasing distances noticeably, but the panniers are as you always need the key to open which means switching off the ignition every time you to get something out unless you keep the key And then it would be easy to

Moto Guzzi 750 NTX

The on-board computer is comprehensive including fuel consumption, speed, trip time and info in addition to the most

Which leaves the looks. the bike has a strong presence and its is well disguised by attractive — the NTX extras add purposefulness It-s only around the that things stop so well visually as these are gawky, but generally it-s a looking bike.

It-s available in a military matt though, so if you don-t like go for a GS, stock Stelvio or KTM.

The big is, does it match the BMW? Now the engine-s torque has been (probably. ) I-ll stick my out and say yes. The handling is better in it has superior feedback, reliability be as good or better than the BMW are still having quite a few while modern Guzzis are dependable generally), and comfort long distances is good.

I-d the Guzzi in preference now, that-s also swayed by the that there are so many GSs and I like to have something a different. But I-d be happy knowing I now paying a significant price for my

Talking of which, the Guzzi-s showroom tag, plus £150 on-the-road charges, make it look costly to the GS-s £9,425. But when you add the panniers and on board computer, on the BMW, you-re up to 1200 GS SE and that-s £11,400. In other not a lot in it in this respect, making the at the very least a considered

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