Sunday, April 17, 2011
2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V, NTX: No Limits
Moto Guzzi, who are celebrating their 90th Anniversary this year, have announced the 2012 Stelvio 1200 8V and NTX models, which feature minor styling and technical updates. The fairing and windshield have been redesigned for better aerodynamics, the instrument panel has been revised and the fuel tank is now much bigger, being able to take 32 litres of fuel.
The Stelvio’s transversely mounted 90° V-twin gets a revised ECU and a new cooling system and is said to be smoother and quieter than its predecessor. It also offers better low- and mid-range power delivery, is more fuel-efficient and fully emissions norms compliant. With 105bhp and 113Nm of torque, the ‘Quattrovalvole’ 1151cc engine is quite up to the task of pushing the Stelvio along at a fairly respectable pace. The bike is fitted with ABS and ATC, a basic form of traction control that cuts torque delivery when it detects sudden loss of grip. Both the ABS and ATC systems can be switched off by the rider.
The more off-road-oriented Stelvio NTX gets an oil sump guard, engine guard, cylinder guard, full cover hand-guards and extra large windshield with additional wind deflectors, so you can happily go around the world on your bike if you wanted to. Spacious aluminium panniers, additional halogen lights, a GPS navigator and heated hand-grips are all available as optional extras.
The Stelvio’s 45mm USD Marzocchi front fork and fully adjustable Sachs monoshock offer 170mm and 155mm of travel respectively, and quite are up to the task of handling the bike’s heft (kerb weight is 272 kilos) whether travelling on or off the road. Brakes are by Brembo, with twin 320mm discs up front and single 282mm disc at the back. The Stelvio also gets new light alloy wheels while the NTX gets spoked wheels – both are fitted with 150/70-17 (rear) and 110/90-19 (front) tubeless tyres as standard.
While they aren’t radically new or different, the 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V and NTX remain capable on/off-roaders and an interesting alternative to the BMW R1200GS.
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