Test: Guzzi Stelvio NTX — Canada Moto Guide

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It’s no coincidence Moto Guzzi’s Stelvio, in 2008, is named after the Stelvio Pass in the Alps it is fearsome, believe me on this – after all, the factory’s not far there, and the road was used development of Guzzi’s entry the big-bore adventure-touring class.

The shares the latest version of classic across-the-frame 90-degree per cylinder V-twin with the 1,100 cc members of the family, the Griso, Breva, and Norge. The cc engine is air-cooled but uses an oil making a claimed 105 hp and 83 ft-lb of

This is the third version of the in its short history, the second early complaints via engine and adding optional adventure-styled The 2012 version adds useful torque via a revised system and makes some of the optional gear standard. The changes result in a strong that pulls hard, but still seems a little for a big twin.

The Stelvio has air/oil and four valves per cylinder in the cc V-twin motor.

Other for the NTX version include plastic guards, a metal guard for the oil driving lights, a larger a much larger gas tank (32 a larger windscreen and standard adventure-style side cases (at time, we didn’t know if liners were available, but are for SW Motech kit and we’ll bet they’d

The Stelvio has a single-sided swingarm and a shaft drive, which is to help eliminate suspension due to throttle use.

The bike shares its CARC system – Reattivo Compatto . which more or less to Compact Shaft Drive – with members of the family. Like Paralever system, CARC floating torque arms to much eliminate the shaft having any effect on suspension due to changes. Of course, de rigeur in the it’s a single-sided swingarm

It’s tall, and while our rider, the inestimable Bondo, sit on anything and get his big feet flat on the even Larry, with a 30-inch inseam, didn’t much trouble with the height in its lower position. A caution at low speed pays off lots of leg room which a big difference to comfort over a day.

The Ride

Ah, the Italians.

most companies have of sober engineers rethinking and every last detail, it the Italians get a few guys together pencils and paper over a few of Valpolicella and some crusty and at the end of the evening, they declare, “ good. Party time.”

Tall gearing makes the a great bike for long at high speed. Photo: Guzzi

The riding position is comfortable, the manually adjustable can be tailored to almost any physique not while you’re riding), the bags hold lots of and the tall gearing (100km/h at under 3,500 rpm), 32 tank, and 53 miles per gallon km/L or 5.33 L/100 km, your measurement) make for an all-day cruising mount.

wondered if the problems he found low-speed handling were by tweaked forks on the test Photo: Moto Guzzi

is great at speed but something Bondo uncomfortable on the Stelvio at a pace.  He wondered if the forks had tweaked at some point press unit had 8,000 media kilometres when up) or the engine’s power pulses upsetting the chassis but it just a bit “odd” at slow speeds. didn’t notice it, possibly more about the height of the at low speeds, as he’s six inches than Bondo.

The Brembo were as superb as you’d – great feel, good power and wonderful feedback.

The ran well over more 2,000 kilometers during a and wet October tour through New Throttle response was very with a nice linear to the throttle response, although not the feeling of a ton of torque off the bottom the engine changes intended to that, and it didn’t like to be – odd for a motorcycle that has off-road Spin it a bit and the 105 horsepower kicked in

Vibration rears its ugly at most revs under (although Larry thought it character rather than Too bad, because cruising at speed will make license a distant memory. At velocities, objects in the mirror are and unidentifiable, although the field of is at least decent.

The transmission well; perhaps a tad clunky in and second – which is hardly in big-cc twins – but certainly not It’s not as crisp or short-throw as a 600 bike, but it’s certainly acceptable. Clutch lever and engagement were excellent.

The has adventurous leanings, but a 272-kg dry is going to limit you in the dirt. Moto Guzzi


likes the Stelvio’s clocks. all the gauges (tripmeter, fuel etc) reset to zero you reset one. Photo: Guzzi

The Stelvio has so much potential to be a adventure tourer, but the Valpolicella had better get back to the drawing because, although the basic is great, the details are somewhat

Adjustable traction control is (and both it and the traction can be turned off if you’re brave to venture far off the pavement), but deciphering how to set it is translating the Dead Sea Scrolls the original Hebrew. Ah, the Italians.

The comes with a switch for grips, and the wiring … and the icon lights up on the dash showing the levels of heat you’ve But, while spotlights are on the NTX package, the heated grips are an optional extra. Ask potential what they’d rather standard – superfluous lights or hands.

Ah, the Italians.

The instrument is great, the speedo and tach are to read and there’s lots of info on fuel consumption, and top speeds, etc. But when you any of these functions (like fuel consumption), everything also goes back to Ah, the Italians.

The bags don’t to the bike, and there are no carrying Photo: Moto Guzzi

Waterproof, top-loading hard are standard and hold an acceptable of stuff but, even they’re easily detachable, are no handles. So you can’t just pop the off and take everything into motel, but must unpack bag and schlep everything in. Or tuck the under your arms, road scum over clothing.

Ah, the Italians.

A two-year is nice; sticker price is $16,000.

Plus, the bags lock on the bike, so light-fingered can help himself to your while it’s parked The lids don’t lock although it appears that are provisions for locks to be fitted. Ah, the

For 16 grand, the Stelvio is well-priced in the touring ballpark, the two-year with one-year roadside is nice, and with a few issues it’d be a great bike. As it it’s close. Damn

In all fairness to Guzzi, the Norge I rode extensively last had none of the Stelvio’s perceived and you wouldn’t have to run very to get me to take a Norge on a cross-country

I’m pretty much in the ballpark Bondo’s riding impressions and The bike is so close to being an grand slam, just what seem to us like no-brainer details; the heated and the luggage being tops me.

The Stelvio doesn’t have torque off the bottom, and doesn’t to be lugged. Photo: Moto

I probably liked the bike than Bondo did, the visceral thumping of the engine he found annoying vibration. it vibes up the mirrors, but who cares you’ve been, right?

For me as for the Stelvio is an excellent bike some easily-cured faults its credentials. C’mon guys, set the wine at lunch for a couple of and fix it. None of it is that hard, as already proved with the Norge, and you’d have the world-beater if you did.

As with I’d take a Norge in my garage a Stelvio, but fix the niggles and I’d change my in a heartbeat.

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