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Old July 22nd, 2017, 10:13 AM   #1
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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX?

Stelvio 1200 ntx - Moto Guzzi

It looks kinda cool. And air cooled too I believe. Any love for it?
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Old July 22nd, 2017, 12:27 PM   #2
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i had the normal version, not NTX, before my Hyperstradas.
imho better than the GS and very underrated.
my wife still regrets the Stelvios pillion seat ;-).
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Old July 22nd, 2017, 01:34 PM   #3
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When I think Guzzi, I think heavy and slow. Aircooled is going to be less efficient, and higher maintenance (though maybe easier maintenance). It seems to be everything the strada/motard isn't: It's 600lbs, a tractor engine, and 600lbs (did I say that already?). and $16,000 for a tall heavy street bike. Maybe there was one in your childhood or something, but I have no understanding of the appeal after maybe the 60s.

If I was to go big, and was dirt serious, I'd get the Africa Twin. If I was really serious, I'd go rally raid cb500x. I'd also wait until the new 700cc Yamaha comes out. 2017 Yamaha MT-07 Tenere Adventure Bike Spy Shot | Cycle World

If I was looking for road shits an giggles, beyond the strada, I'd go with the gsx-s1000f. I have no compelling reason beyond 150hp/460lbs/inexpensive/fast.
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Old July 23rd, 2017, 05:14 AM   #4
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When I think Guzzi, I think heavy and slow. Aircooled is going to be less efficient, and higher maintenance (though maybe easier maintenance). It seems to be everything the strada/motard isn't: It's 600lbs, a tractor engine, and 600lbs (did I say that already?). and $16,000 for a tall heavy street bike. Maybe there was one in your childhood or something, but I have no understanding of the appeal after maybe the 60s.

If I was to go big, and was dirt serious, I'd get the Africa Twin. If I was really serious, I'd go rally raid cb500x. I'd also wait until the new 700cc Yamaha comes out. 2017 Yamaha MT-07 Tenere Adventure Bike Spy Shot | Cycle World
If I was looking for road shits an giggles, beyond the strada, I'd go with the gsx-s1000f. I have no compelling reason beyond 150hp/460lbs/inexpensive/fast.

ok, thats your opinion, but there are still others .

if you are looking for something like a GS but you do not want a GS, the Stelvio is the bike. aircooled or watercooled, who cares if it works ?
lots of torque, italian design, a littel exotic, no mainstream, drives excellent.
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Old July 23rd, 2017, 09:08 AM   #5
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ok, thats your opinion, but there are still others .

if you are looking for something like a GS but you do not want a GS, the Stelvio is the bike. aircooled or watercooled, who cares if it works ?
lots of torque, italian design, a littel exotic, no mainstream, drives excellent.
Yup - just an opinion on a forum, like other opinions on a forum.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 05:17 AM   #6
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I had a Stelvio NTX and just loved the bike. Very comfortable to ride and handled very good. Yes it is tall and a bit heavy but is a great cruiser. It did well on dirt roads also. I will probably own another one. Super low end torque and very smooth running. I give the Stelvio a 10 rating.

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Old July 25th, 2017, 03:54 PM   #7
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I attended the MGNOC National meet up a few years back in Oregon. The NTX had just come out and Guzzi had test rides on the Stelvio NTX and others. I spent about a 1/2 hour on the Stelvio. It was really OK, not great, but pretty good, better than I though it would be ... but the following year (can't recall) Guzzi made several significant improvements to the NTX and follow up model was MUCH improved according to reviews I read.

For such a big heavy bike it felt pretty good and I could actually ride it at only
5'6". Moving it around was a PITA and on dirt I had to be careful. But once moving it was fine, did everything pretty well, IIRC. I only actually rode it on paved roads and had minders with us. (but they kept a good pace!)

NTX was pretty smooth & torquey ...hate to say it ... but a back to back ride with a BMW R1200GS ... the GS wins by a mile for several reasons on several levels, IMHO.

Like many Guzzi's, they are a true acquired taste. I've tested MANY brand new Guzzi's (not the NTX) and always hated them at first but longer I had them/rode them, better they were.

This true especially with the Guzzi Griso I had. (see my Avatar)
One of the Glossy mags had that Griso before me and had it set up for track use. It was truly terrible on the road. But after a few days of fiddly suspension adjusters it just got BETTER AND BETTER. It positively shredded Matole rd. and highway 36. Impressive ... once I learned how to ride it. (not easy!)

A fellow editor and I got two Guzzi's for a couple weeks. Took a 5 day ride up to Trinity Alps. I wish we could have had the NTX instead of that clunker Norge we had.

I would imagine the NTX would need a "period of adjustment" as well and probably would make MANY riders happy ... if they can learn how to ride it.
FACT: Guzzi's are weird ... like not other bike made!
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