Monday, March 17, 2008

More pics and details: 2008 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V


It's the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 'adventure tourer,' and yes, we like it!

Pics: Motoblog
BMW started this whole ‘dual-purpose adventure tourer’ thing with the R1200GS, and Moto Guzzi are now taking them head on, with the Stelvio 1200 4V. Named after the Stelvio Pass (built back in 1855…) in Italy, the Stelvio has primarily been designed for long-distance touring duties, with a bit of occasional off-road use thrown in for good measure.

The Stelvio is fitted with Guzzi’s 1151cc, 90-degree, ‘Quattrovalvole’ air-and-oil cooled, 4-valve, SOHC v-twin, a proven workhorse of an engine if ever there was one. The gearbox is a six-speed unit, the double-cradle steel-tube chassis is said to be ideal for dual-purpose applications, and the suspension comprises of a 50mm Marzocchi USD fork and adjustable Boge monoshock. Front brakes are twin 320mm discs with four-piston, radial mount calipers. The Stelvio’s 17-inch wheels are shod with Pirelli Scorpion rubber, and as you’d expect, the Stelvio is fitted with Guzzi’s CARC shaft-drive system.

It's no rocketship, but the Stelvio should be a capable long-distance tourer...
With a modest 105bhp at 7500rpm and 108Nm of torque at 6400rpm, the rather heavy-looking Stelvio isn’t likely to be a rocketship. But canyon-carving isn’t its mission in life. Instead, the bike has been designed to be comfortable over the long haul. Saddle height, windshield, the handlebar, levers, and pedals are adjustable, and rear shock can be adjusted for compression and rebound damping, so two-up touring, with luggage, shouldn’t be a problem.

Overall, after the 850 Le Mans of the early-1970s/late-1980s, the Stelvio 1200 is just about the first Guzzi which we like a lot. We don’t if its reliability would be in the same league as the BMW R1200GS, but all we need is another bike-enthusiast film-star to take a Stelvio around the globe (and do a TV series for Discovery channel of course), and this motorcycle could herald a big-time Moto Guzzi resurgence…
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