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Review of 2012 Moto Stelvio NTX

I recently purchased a Stelvio NTX from European at Riders Hill in Dahlonega GA. is a great dealer, by the way.

motorcycle has received many reviews lately and many are considering it for their purchase. I the bike out yesterday and, staying within a prudent restraint, put the bike through paces.

Afterward, I thought perhaps a few comments regarding the may be of interest to someone seriously about a Stelvio.

About 3 and a years ago, a good purchased a Stelvio when were first introduced. I had the to ride the bike many back then. I even the bike for an extended period and it regularly.

I wrote a long-winded of the bike in early ’09 and it here. I went back and that thread from the and re-read it with interest.

In ways that original done 3 and a half years pretty well sums up my take on the new 2012 NTX. I do some updates for issues in that past review and I revised it.

I know that is a lot of stuff for many of you to read but who are very interested in a Stelvio may get useful info out of it.

I am a long-time BMW GS and rider so much of my review is a of the Guzzi to the GS. I hope fellow GS and BMW owners take no offense at any of my

UPDATE — JULY 2012 Guzzi Stelvio NTX

1. On the road.

The Stelvio has undergone nice refinements since the 2009 model I tested. It is not as as a BMW GS but it is closer to that than in the You get noticeable vibration through the

The throb. This doesnt bother me much (I’ve been riding a HD Shovelhead for 31 I actually like having sort of visceral feedback but its an that other riders, non-guzzi riders, will The handlebar throb is somewhat the V11 sport that I used to

Perhaps filling it with shot, a Bar Snake or some after-market fix would help.

The suspension has always been sporting than my GS (with Now, it is even better. The feels much more It also tracks very and handles curvy roads

It has an edge over the GS in this I remember being leaned in a tight right-hander and encountering a bump in the pavement. The Guzzi the bump well and never its line.

The Guzzi is very and hard to ride slow. It curves and feels much like a sportbike than any GS had.

The GS could perhaps be more plush. BMW has spent a lot of on loading their bikes every gadget and gizmo can imagine to appeal to the baby-boomer, I all accessories, market. For long running, cross country the GS would provide a smoother, pampered and softer ride in engine feedback and in suspension

The Guzzi now offers heated switchable ABS, traction and an easy-to-operate information computer. The does not have electronic suspension like the GS and I’m The Guzzi suspension, both and rear, work very and have a great range of

For many people, the rigid of the Guzzi gives better to the rider than does the A-arm rig of the BMW.

The information of the Guzzi is logical and easy to It offers an analog tach and speed display. Two trip are logged and provide information as average speed, top speed, voltage, fuel mileage etc

Current time and ambient is a constant display but the Guzzi not have a gear indicator as has standard on the BMW for over a decade.

The operation of the Guzzi is greatly over the original Stelvio. The operation is simple and it responds to operation. Some folks do not the location of the computer toggle above the turn signal but, in quick time, I it and it is not a problem for me.

The turn signal switch is a manual one without any self-canceling Though not a huge advantage, the BMW is better arranged in this having an easily-operated computer and programmer switch totally from any other switch.

on the Guzzi is very different the GS. The Guzzi feels much torquey. It’s fast. My judgement is that it will the 1200 GS which is no small since the GS aint no slouch. Due to the NTX new, I did not romp on it but I remember my 09 model well.

The rush of the above 6000 rpm is fun.

my impressions then. . in fouth this thing redlines at 115 mph. For most sport you never need more 3rd or 4th gear. On a long straight I was able to top the Stelvio out at an indicated mph and that’s with the large windshield.

The Guzzi transmission fine on the ’09 model and it is better now on the ’12 model. with the out-of-the box new NTX, is no shift issues and the transmission better than just anything I’ve ridden. The is much slicker-shifting than the notchy feel of the GS.

A huge of the Guzzi is its dimensional size. that the ’12 has been and now carries an 8.5 gallon tank. The thing, however, is not that put an 8.5 gallon tank on the bike but they did it within basically the relatively narrow body of the ’09 bike. Sit on the Stelvio and sit on a BMW GS Adventure.

The difference is startling. The retains its compact profile the BMW is literally HUGE.

So, for distance the Stelvio matches and compares to the GS Adventure and not the regular GS. Dimensionally, the is more compact than the regular GS !

Part of this is due to the BMW telelever suspension whose A-arm the GS tank to spread out around the The Guzzi has an upside-down fork allows a tighter and more-narrow body design for the Stelvio.

numbers are hard to get for comparison. The NTX comes loaded with bags, engine guards, lighting and many other The factory weight number those items whereas things are considered accessories for the BMW and not in published dry or wet weights.

Some of the advantage of the BMW is lost with the weight of spare parts I and serious long-distance BMW riders in the tail pack. I always a final drive rebuild kit the big bearing and seals, a few special fuel controller parts and the Such a thing is a non-issue the Guzzi.

Going back and weight numbers for the ’09 (without bags) and comparing to a BMW GS bags) shows the Guzzi anywhere from 25 to 48 pounds weight than the BMW, on the source of the numbers. I hope to weigh the two bikes soon and get real numbers.

Regardless of the numbers, the Guzzi Stelvio much lighter than the GS or GS Adventure. The Guzzi’s more dimensions and quicker steering it feel lighter than the I am amazed that the Guzzi has 8.5 of fuel capacity.

The Guzzi flat run. It sounds too. Nothing matches the of a V Twin motor.

2. Off-road.

as in 2009, the Guzzi wins, down. No comparison. If you do much the Stelvio is far, far superior to the GS. The reviewers are remiss in not noticing The advantage gap is even wider now comparing the NTX to the Adventure.

The determining here is first gear and sheer size.

With large and heavy dual bikes on dirt there are when going slow is The GS has been plagued since its with a notoriously tall gear. Even the enduro of the huge BMW Adventure has a too-tall gear.

If you’re around GS riders on mud or technical washouts, you’re to smell the distinct aroma of a clutch since one is compelled to the clutch in those circumstances. the conventional instruction for GS riding is in doubt, gas it. Thats a cute and momentum will carry you many situations, but there are when that won’t and the GS is a hard bike to ride in times.

The BMW first gear is way too and the engine too easily stalls.

The on the other hand, will itself out of bad situations in first even with no throttle. I down a couple of times in Alabama mud that folded the rims. The Stelvio would stop forward motion the rear wheel gently in the mud with my hand off the throttle!

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paddle forward with my and, when traction was obtained, the bike would forward progress. Chugga chugga, all at idle speed !

On technical or inclined climbs, in gear, the Guzzi would just walk up the dried, rock at a manageable speed a little throttle. I never had to about slipping the clutch or it the gas to barrel through something I didn’t wanna barrel Especially when you think comparing the Guzzi to a huge in these situations, the advantage is a

I remember than the ’09 liked to rooster tail on Grab a handfull of throttle in 2nd or 3rd and rear wheel would loose easily. The ’12 is no

A big complaint I had with the ’09 was the wheel size. I thought Guzzi should have the Stelvio with a set of wheels the size as the GS in order to avail the rider of the wide choice of tires out there. Guzzi has just that with the NTX.

It rides on two sealed-spoke wheels the size as the GS.

Specification-wise, the GS has a wee-bit suspension travel than the but that is largely academic the more significant advantages of the off-road.

I have read criticism about some riders having troubles their left leg hitting the cylinder of the Guzzi and about the dissipated by that left I’m 6-2 and I never contact left jug. I tried to make that happen. If I way-up on the tank and try, I can contact with the left The contact, however, is with the guard shield on the throttle or with the plastic shield on the cover.

I cannot understand how would contact the hot metal of the head or cylinder.

In hot weather, you can feel heat from the side. This is similar to the you will feel from cylinders of a BMW in similar conditions. injection tweaking will help this issue for most riding, it is not a big thing.

when the day is hot, everything is


The Stelvio is a different than the BMW.

I have and ridden four BMW GS models an Adventure. I currently own a 2007 I like BMW’s.

A big disadvantage for the is the relatively limited dealer The BMW dealer network is limited too but it is than that of the Guzzi. people depend on local for service and support so this is an issue.

On the other hand, the is easier to service than the It has a much-less-complicated electrical system and gadgets to cause problems. are becoming much more-difficult for the to service and one is too-often required to their bike to a dealer for

I was once stranded in Jacksonville FL a … 1200GS. The computer shut everything down and no diagnosis was possible. I was forced to two entire days of getting a truck and towing the bike to the in Daytona only to find the problem was a weak cell in the

With the Guzzi, such an would have been determined and corrected on-site much less trouble.

The sad too, is that BMW’s become known for their reliability issues. The legendary drive failures, the fuel controller failures, the security failures, the ABS failures, transmission failures and many more plague the BMW’s. I have stranded several times such things on my BMW’s.

I elaborate but the fact is that the though with fewer are showing much fewer that would require a

Piaggio has done a good I expect that, with such as the Stelvio and the other they are producing, we will see sales and eventually more Now would be a good time for to open new dealerships and get in on the ground as the Guzzi brand undergoes a

The Stelvio NTX is a winner in all categories. you consider all the advantages of the Guzzi above and then note the Stelvio is not only $5000-6000 costly to buy than a comparably-equipped GSA but the has a 2-year unlimited mileage the decision is easy to make.

If you are a GS with an open mind or if you are considering a large enduro give the Guzzi a try.

You may something very good you did not expect.

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