Test: Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX — Test Drives — Cycle Canada

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Moto Stelvio NTX

The Best of The Mild

The Stelvio was parked on loose on the shore of a lake. If it were or smaller, this might not been a problem, but the Moto Stelvio NTX is an imposing motorcycle, big, and it’s tall, and it a noticeable torque reaction, when the throttle is blippedit’s strong enough, it seems, to the bike off its sidestand.

Given conditions, the possibility that a throttle hand could the bike lurching into the was realnot high, but less-likely have happened. The Stelvio NTX unlike the previous Stelvio (CC, March 2009), controlATC, they call this is of little use when the themselves can start sliding.

Thornton was riding it, and he’s tall enough to sit nervously on the 820-mm high saddle (a rider, like Neil might have preferred the configuration) while it was stationary. enlised photographer Bill to stand behind the bike, any flying rocks, and, if keep the Guzzi pointed land.

And then something unexpected With a little bit of throttle and an hand on the clutch lever, the rolled smoothly off those and onto higher ground. stood there and watched his hands in his pockets, not even The Guzzi’s motion was as stately as a procession, and in about half a Thornton went from Nellie to full confidence.

might not have been the with the earlier model, required more throttle to power, but the 1,151 cc 8V engine has altered in this model to torque output slightly and the powerband low in the rev range. That it easier to ride at slow and speeds.

On this model the engagement occurred late in the arc of the lever, which made U-turns a bit of a finicky affair, and the brake pedal was poorly so standing on the pegs and operating the brake was difficult and required the foot around on the peg. Our skills are about equal to of the Trailer Park Boys, so didn’t make us happy, but we

When Cycle Canada the previous model, we said it was the of the bunch from Moto The good news is that a few small details going a bit Guzzi has not lowered this standards, and some of the improvements in the NTX have made the Stelvio an better motorcycle.

The words Valvole are stamped on the valve of each of the transverse V-twin’s and Moto Guzzi claims the engine is the “highest performer all the families of engines” they The engine’s total output of 105 horsepower at the crankshaft is not higher was claimed for the previous model, but it stronger, thanks to increased at low and midrange rpm levels.

The engine out large amplitude vibrations at low speeds, and rolling on the throttle at 100 in high gear, where the indicates 3,500 rpm, heavy vibration, but the engine out at higher speeds and in any case the are not annoying. The Stelvio’s electronic unit runs both the and the fuel injection, and does it any glitches, but also operates the control system by interfering ignition timing and fuel a neat system that faultless.

Another nice touch for mechanics is an easily adjusted arm setup for the four valves in cylinder head. This is no but that’s a good thing you’re getting out the tools.

The new fuel tank has been considerably, from 18 litres to 32, will stretch the distance gas station stops to well 400 kilometres under ordinary conditions. That extra can make the bike a bit top-heavy; it around a garage floor a full tank can be a chore, but not really noticeable when The Stelvio is not light, at a claimed 272 kg of gas, but it’s not much that competing models the BMW R1200GS Adventure and the Triumph Explorer, and the bike feels and stable when moving, on soft surfaces.

That’s not to say that the Stelvio NTX is a dual-sport motorcycle; it’s with Pirelli Scorpion tires that are decidedly oriented, and while the 45 mm fully Marzocchi fork and rear shock, which adjustable for preload and rebound damping provide a plush ride, the is not truly designed for off-road and the bike is simply too big and too heavy to into serious off-road But heavy-duty bushwork is not what the was intended for, and no sane would even try it (though the ABS can in be easily deactivated by a handlebar to enable braked rear slides).

The Guzzi’s high, handlebar; large, easily windscreen; narrow but comfortable and torque-rich powerplant contribute to a ride that is much comfortable and even more fun you might expect. The Stelvio be more comfortable on the odd gravel or road than, say, a but it would also be markedly comfortable than the sportbike on too.

The rider sits a straight back, arms at a angle, and legs bent at 90 the windscreen does a good job of air, and the seat does not get after a couple of hours on the The Stelvio was named for a mountain road in the Italian Alps and as it has big Italian shoes to fill: the Pass highway is one of the greatest roads in the world. And it’s it says something that the Guzzi was named after a paved highway.

When Moto Guzzi’s were reconsidering the Stelvio, wisely left some of its features alone, but also, failed to include some improvements. The saddlebags, for instance, are large, tough, aluminum with hinged lidsall but they still don’t handles and don’t lock to the so good.

On the other hand, to the fairing and windscreen are claimed to improved airflow (the is manually adjustable, and easy to too) and would likely to rider comfort on a long The seat is narrow in front, allows shorter riders to the ground more easily, and a well-designed and useful rack the passenger perch. Nice

What we liked most the Stelvio was its relaxed, comfortable it is easier to ride than it and it would make a good touring mount, especially the luggage it’s fitted But the engine, which is still and understressed, has been improved enough to make the Stelvio NTX a engaging motorcycle than its It produces a lovely growl acceleration, makes good very quickly, and can be ridden

In fact, in good hands, the could challenge sportbike on its namesake. And then it could its rider home again in Italian comfort.


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