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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
 

Moto Guzzi Stelvio V4

Overall rating: 
 
7.1
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
7.0
Around Town:
 
7.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
7.0
Reliability:
 
7.0
Handling:
 
10.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
8.0
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Nomad Reviewed by Nomad
October 08, 2010

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful

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!

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 2 years
I liked just owning and riding it
I Disliked build quality at first
Would you buy again Yes
In one line You have to live with this bike to understand it, a simple test ride will leave you horrified.
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 

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