First Ride: Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V and Stelvio NTX

Having an adventure with the new Moto Guzzi Stelvios

Posted: 8 April 2011
by Tom Higham

The Stelvio is Moto Guzzi's adventure bike and named after the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps, a road that BBC's Top Gear once called the best road in the world.

Although clearly aimed at the adventure and GS market, Moto Guzzi know that Stelvio customers may be dreaming of riding across Africa but in reality will use the Stelvio on tarmac and as a tourer. The bike has been setup to offer optimum performance on the road, whilst having off-road capabilities.

The Stelvio has been around for a few years now and although it keeps the Marmite like front lights, there have been a few modifications from the previous version. The main change is upping the rather small petrol tank to a capacity of 32 litres. This is despite the external dimensions of the tank being smaller than the previous model. Moto Guzzi claims a fuel range of 440km from the tank. Whether you can travel this far at speed remains to be seen but it's certainly a practical improvement and recognises the bikes touring potential.

It's available in two models, the Stelvio 1200 8V (available in white or black) is priced at £10,549 and the fully kitted out Stelvio NTX at £11,749.

That extra £1200 gets you a matt black paint job, matching aluminium side panniers, aluminium sump guard, higher screen, hand guards, fog lights and some trick looking spoked wheels with black rims. Seems a very reasonable deal to me.

It's a big bike and shorter riders will need to lower the seat. Luckily the seat height is adjustable from 820 - 840mm by simply turning the rubber bungs that support the seat.

The 90° V-twin engine is the same that is found in the Norge GT 8V but this one has a couple more horses at 105bhp. It's been set up for a more aggressive torque from lower revs and with the engine mounted in true Guzzi style across the frame, shakes to the right when you blip the throttle at standstill.

As far as the fuel system goes, the 'Quattrovalvole' engine premieres the new Marelli IWP 189 injectors, located on the intake ducts of the 50mm throttle bodies. A brand new integrated ignition and injection ECU now guarantees smooth running with power transmitted to the rear wheel via a shaft drive.

The Stelvio has a radial brake setup with 320mm discs and Brembo brakes at both ends. ABS comes as standard but can be deactivated if you'd rather ride without it. USD Marzocchi forks soak up any bumps with 170mm of travel.

Swapping between the two and riding through mountain roads it's the 1200 8V version that I wanted to stay on. It's the keener of the two bikes and much easier to throw around. Admittedly it's not carrying an extra 22kg of extras around with it but it's the wheels that make the biggest difference.

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thank for the review, I think this is the first one for the 2012 version.

What was the mpg on the bikes ?

Also is there solution to the vibration.

I am very intersted in this bike, just want to find more.

Posted: 30/04/2011 at 15:03

As a recent (well 2 years ago) convert to the Guzzi way, I won't be looking back. Yes, there are vibes, but coming from an in-line 4 where the vibes fizz, the Guzzi delivers them in a much more comfortable nature. Touring from Yorkshire to the Alps, and doing various routes in that area, I don't think I'd have wanted to do it on any other make.

Character to keep you grinning, comfort to keep you happy and real world power/torque to deliver more than enough fun, and then there's the handling....oh, and the badge. ;-)

You'll not understand the marque on any short test ride - these are bikes you live with, and they get under your skin. Chill, give it an hour or so, and you'll realise that this is how motorcycles should be made.

Power Rangers will hate them, but anyone who likes real world riding - covering more miles than on a Sunday blast should give them a chance. I've had enough envious individuals look at/sit on/hear/follow my bike to reinforce my decision. Which, btw I thought I'd made incorrectly at first....

From a Breva v1100 owner. The new Stelvio will be my next bike, for sure. Guzzi's are different - give them a chance, they may surprise you....

Posted: 05/07/2011 at 01:34

A fair summation of the BOB (big old bird)
I've traded my 1200GS in for a 2008 4V and now have a 2012 The NTX is the MUCH better bike. I've had 3 GS's so I do like them, but they're bland, a Ronseal bike, great for accountants and Charlie/Ewan wannabe's but soulless.
Plus the build quality and reliability is no longer what you'd expect.
Chinese wheels and Mexican electrics????
A BMW main dealer (will remain anonymous) told me that GS's have a high warranty fix rate but they "daren't" recall them as it would kill the image, they simply fix them as they break!
The NTX build quality is sublime, I love the nature of the engine (it's my 9th Guzzi) and the equipment is well thought out.
The only niggle I had on my last Stelvio (4v) was tank size, ease of use of side stand and stupid 'glove' box. All have been addressed, 32 litre tank...usually fill up at 240 miles but will get you 30-40 miles further. The 'glove' box has gone to facilitate the larger tank and the side stand now has a loop on it for easier use.
Surprise a few solar powered neon sunday riders and show them the way the Vee is meant to be!

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 16:03

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