Had my Stelvio 1200 NTX since 2012. Love it. Fantastic tourer. Done some very long distance stuff through Spain, Portugal, France, Eastern Europe, Balkans, on different tours, mainly 2 up. Has never let me down. A puncture really is the only problem I have ever had whilst touring.
If you have never had a Guzzi you will find them very different to what you are used to. That is not a negative but YOU have to adjust to the way the bike works, feels and handles before you are comfortable and 'at one' with your Stelvio. It brings back the essence of motorcycling where it is just not about leaving A and arriving at B. The Stelvio adds greatly to the bit in the middle.
Build quality: Very good generally. Easy to clean and maintain and of course having the CARC shaft drive is fantastic. The only problem, which I did have, was the Aux riding lights on the crash bars fail and short out. This is a known problem and easily dealt with. Guzzis are generally robust and if looked after will look good and give good service for many years.
Engine: The big V twin is very flexible. 1 or 2 up, plus luggage, didn't make any difference. Plenty of power on tap when you need it. Torque...I Love Torque! Cruises very happily all day at motorway speeds. When you tune into the exhaust note the bike sounds lovely. In fact one of my touring partners always used to ride behind so he could listen to my bike. He was on a V Strom.
Handling: It did everything I wanted it to do, at the speed I wanted to do it at. (I'm not a particularly slow rider if circumstances are right). Motorways, Twisties and some mountainous technical stuff too. Does it all well.
Touring: So comfortable for all day long distance touring. My wife said the Stelvio was equal in comfort to the 1300 Pan European that we used to own and also covered many miles on. Good protection from the elements although I did put on an MRA screen just for a bit extra protection.
Mine was the updated and current Stelvio so had the 23 litre tank. I generally started looking for petrol at just after 200 miles with about 30-50 still in the tank. Regardless of 1 or 2 up with or without luggage.
Luggage: Basically TRAX panniers with a Moto Guzzi badge. I had one develop a leak through a bottom seam but cured it by painting clear nail varnish over the seam on the inside. Not mine by the way.
I love the bike. Don't expect it to be a GS or Triumph or any other make of 'adventure' bike. It's a Guzzi. You need a little bit of time to adjust to IT but once you've done that then you are in for a treat. Also it's nice to stop somewhere where there are bikes and yours is the only Guzzi or Stelvio. The ignorant and uninitiated will walk by it to stare at another clone GSA but it's the true motorcyclist who will stop, look and ask questions.
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Engine, Handling, ride quality, big tank touring range of 250 miles, equipment. That it's not a GS
2009 model with Power Commander fitted gets rid of power hole at 4K rpm making thd bike powerful throughout the rev range. Flexible power on tap at any time makes the bike a real treat. Minor vibes lower down the rev range fade away after 3k. Comfort level is good, but not as good as my previous Aprilia Futura, but that would always be hard - class leading. I use an Airhawk-type seat pad for long distances though as it pushes me into the tank a bit without it. Equipment level for my NTX is good with heated grips, alloy panniers, adjustable screen (although I have replaced the screen with a bigger Givi item to suit my 6'2" height). This eliminates the buffeting experienced on higher speed runs.
I service the bike myself as I am a Mechanical Engineer and access to the engine is good, with tappets, plugs and oil adjustment or replacement straightforward. The only issue I have had is the electrics. A starter solenoid circuit developed a fault on a run, forcing a number of bump starts. This was fixed by bypassing the fault via a new live feed via a switch as the failt was in the ignition switch. This has the added bonus of providing an additional immobiliser on the bike hopefully protecting it a bit more!
The colour scheme is a bit industrial on tne NTX with mine being a greyish 'bronze'. The newer orange scheme looks good so if I keep the bike I might paint it this newer colour.
Overall the bike is a winner. From the 27 bikes owned this is one of the best. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of a GS or V-Strom, etc. Take one for a ride on some twisties and you will be won over.
We loved our first Stelvio purchased with 3000 mile on the clock a 2009 NTX model, but that fuel tank had some restrictions. As we like clocking up the miles. It can’t have been that bad, I rode back from the Swiss Valais rally 850 miles in one day and covered 14000 miles in 11 months.
Then if like magic, a manufacturer that listens to its customers. The little niggles I have found and heard other Stelvio riders found have been corrected in the 2011 model.
We now have a 2011 Stelvio.
Is it much different? Yes it is there are subtle differences besides the larger fuel tank. The suspension is improved firmer maybe harder and the panniers are modified to defy water entering. The heated handle bar grips use the old glove box switch and can be used when on the move, the sump guard has revised fixings, a taller screen, just to mention a few.
We have travelled 10,000 miles in the less than 6 months on the 2011 model, from Italy to Denmark and all bits in between, Mostly with my wife as pillion on our annual holiday, the rest on weekend rallies in Europe. Is it comfortable? We travelled from North Denmark to Hook of Holland 1000Km in one run fully loaded only stopping for fuel coffee and a quick snack.
No matter how good or lacking a bike is, the Dealer \ Manufacture backup can make or break a bike. My experience, So far, I have no complaints in this area. The Guzzi community is friendly and sharing. This adds to the pleasure of owning the bike.
Handling is good Loaded or not, no weaving or wallowing. (Did the Stelvio pass and the old road) The Scorpions fitted to the 2011 model are more road bias than the Torrance I had on the 2009 bike. For my riding the Torrance had enough road grip, having advantage on gravel tracks and camps site fields etc. ABS is standard as is a basis traction control. .
Would I ride off road is a question I get asked, Not on purpose is the answer! Although we done a few miles fully loaded in pouring rain along un metalled forest tracks when in France, potholes and mud, The bike handled it better than the rider!!!.
I have had no problems with Reliability the exception of been front disks that are to be replaced due to slight warping again no argument with the dealer.
Fuel consumption is fair to good for a bike of its size 50 mpg is normal, With a careful ride I have achieved 60 mpg.
Electrics is the other poser when talking Italian. No problems there either, the head lights have been improved over the 2009 model, beam focus is better and both filaments on dip all four on main beam.
How dose it compare? The only other big adventure type bike I have ridden is the GS I now ride a Moto Guzzi. Both good bikes. I think the Stelvio has the edge
Having had most bikes the stelvio is a love hate thing ive never had any problems with reliability as such! remember its italian and needs to be looked after! its not a ride it and leave it bike like a bm or a varadero but with minamal maintanance it can be just as good seeking out a good dealer is key to owning one of these bikes and you do here horror stories about them but remember its only as good as the dealer who supplys it and maintains it!!! i loved mine so much i now have two and have never regreted it!.
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small tank range
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a good alternative to a bmw if you like to be different
You either Love it or you hate it, Lets face it Moto Guzzi is a quirky brand of bikes which requires you to be slightly essentric to live with one.
Well the Stelvio is no different even given its modern look and new(ish) engine 4 valves.
I bought mine in 08 it was an ex demo and a bargain at £8k with all the extras including Panniers, crash bars, under tray, fog lamps etc... with 1300 miles on the clock.
It isn't an off road bike by any strech of the imagination, it is an urban Adventure bike, and as such it is in a class of its own. It's engine runs smooth (for a twin) not too smooth though that it becomes boring but smooth enough for all day grin riding. It is a bit fiesty through built up areas as it is always looking to be let loose and run free. Its 6 gears are unusually slick as is the throttle and the mapping really produces the torque through out the full range so you will never be left chugging. The sound of the exhaust is just great and the way it twists under the throttle is a pleasure.
It isn't a GS or a BMW copy it is a marque of its own not one whic Charlie would own but Ewan might be seen lookin at it with desire in his eyes.
It had its problems too though, the starter motor remained engaged on earlier models, easily resolved by removing a solinoid all Stelvios should have had this done at their 1st service if it was even shipped with one in place. The rocker was suspected on early models to be made of chocolate and I can vouch that this is true but Moto Guzzi quickly owned up and recalled all the V4 engines and replaced all the top ends, mine alas presented the problem before the recall, but it was repaired with little fuss and 1 year down the line I Love it even more. Some said it lacked power between 3 and 5 k revs that was true but since remapping this is certainly not the case. Tyres can be difficult to find to fit the wheels sizes but I run Dunlop Roadsmarts as I mainly ride on the european roads and It rides on rails.
When I first purchased my Stelveo and rode it from Cannock Chase to SW France (where I live) I hated it, I thouhgt "What the hell have I done" but once on the twisties in the Central Massif, boy how impressed was I, and after the mappin was resolved I would say more but cannot through this stupid Grin!
It isn't the best bike in the owrld, it is fugly too but I am more than happy to say I own a Moto Guzzi Stelveo!
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just owning and riding it
build quality at first
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You have to live with this bike to understand it, a simple test ride will leave you horrified.