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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – with the Italian monster after 5 weeks 8245 km. 1

Posted by admin on July 28, at 4:31 PM

I’ve had the 2012 Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX five weeks today. ridden it from Alberta Montana, Idaho, Utah, and to the Top ‘o the Rockies BMW Rally in Paonia, and home. The NTX now shows 8245 on the odometer.

After riding a Honda Gold Wing for the past four years, one is crystal clear. The Stelvio as comfortable as a Gold Wing. should come as no surprise.

The main culprit is the Stelvio’s ‘new and improved’ saddle, Moto Guzzi claims has made more comfy additional padding. That may be The saddle looks flat, is the first step in building a seat.

A flat surface the rider to easily change fore-aft position on the seat. the Stelvio’s saddle LOOKS it isn’t. There’s a small that rises towards the of the main saddle and that forces the rider to sit forward in one place. Anybody who says the saddle is ‘all day comfortable’ hasn’t ridden the Guzzi all day or is from a sportbike.

The Stelvio’s saddle is hard and plans will include the of having the OEM saddle modified cut lower so I’m not on the balls of my feet at a stop and a gel insert added) or an replacement saddle.

The Stelvio’s position is pretty good and resembles that of a BMW R1200GS. I found the footpeg position to relationship cramped (I’m with a short, 30-in. but the tapered handlebars are slightly low and a bit of a stretch. A friend has recommended Rox bar and they have an affordable set that can move the bars up and back towards the rider

I’m contemplating this modification.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX

The second issue I’m still with is the NTX’s stiff I’ve tried softening the end by reducing the compression dampening 1/2 and have played with the of the rear Sachs shock. The manual says the factory for the rear shock pre-load is 15 from full soft counterclockwise until the knob turn any more.) I’ve got it to 11 turns from full and the ride is better.

Am I getting used to the bike’s ride? Or has the suspension ‘broken I don’t know.

Windshield and air

The Stelvio NTX’s ‘extra windshield’ is one of the improvements to the bike for and with the new tank-mounted side deflectors, the bike offers good wind protection and management. I wasn’t expecting it to be as as the Gold Wing, but I am quite with how good it is. I wear an black mesh jacket high-viz yellow stripes and after our 6,000 km round to Colorado, the jacket has remained clean of road grime and It’s really quite (My hi-viz yellow Tourmaster 2 jacket is grimy after one on the Gold Wing.)

Next, in Moto Guzzi NTX update Part 2, we report on the NTX’s powertrain, ‘rideability’ and

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX

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