Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX: bold new accessories

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Here’s an Intermot release that we forgot. Well, not so much forget, as ignored because it’s just the normal Moto Guzzi Stelvio with standard sump guard, engine protectors, handlebar bash guards , aluminum panniers and halogen spotlights, but hey, there’s a new “NTX” sticker too. Actually, dismissing the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX due to silly stickering doesn’t do it justice. In a class crowded by feature bloat and the kind of technology you wouldn’t want to rely on in deepest Mongolia, this Moto Guzzi is probably the most direct rival for the GS that there is.

The heart of the Stelvio and the thing that endows it with its most closely GS-like character is the 1,151cc, air-cooled, four-valve, 90° v-twin. That kicks out 105bhp of unflustered power at 7,250rpm and 83lb/ft of flexible torque at 5,800rpm. That has to motivate a bike that weighs 251kg/553lbs (wet). That compares reasonably well to the BMW R1200GS’s 110bhp, 88lb/ft and 229kg/504lbs. What both bikes really have in common are simple, air-cooled twins that were designed centuries ago, but have recently been updated with four-valve heads.

The rest of the bike is equally simple. There’s a few features in the form of an adjustable screen, handlebar-operated glovebox and switchable ABS, but really, this is just an easy going engine in a tall chassis, a big screen and shaft drive. There’s around an inch less wheel travel than the GS, but the Guzzi’s telescopic front suspension is actually fully adjustable while the rear only omits compression damping adjustment.

We suppose the way to think about the Stelvio is as a bike that doesn’t quite achieve on-paper parity with the GS, but should be an equally capable bike for people that prefer Italian character over German brand snobbery.

  • Glenngineer

    Centuries ago?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I wanted to say “before the birth of baby jesus” but figured that was too hyperbolic.

      • ontheroad

        Ask anyone in the know: the aircooled twin was brought to this planet by sentient aliens millenia before recorded history. I forget the full story, something about some guy named Xenu… and volcanoes…

  • stratkat

    what, no triumph???

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    A Guzzi adventure bike? Ok, I get the point with the engine but is this really what they should be spending their precious time & energy on? Trying to become a Italian BMW? Ugh. What an unappealing idea.

  • JR

    I think it looks better and has a better inherent engine design for adventure biking than the BMW. Having the cylinders up and away from the ground just seems like a better approach. Now I can’t judge them on how they actually are to ride because I haven’t ridden either.

  • MikeD

    Im starting to develop a soft spot for these 2Wheeled Elephants.

    My only bitching about this one is the spokes anchor-ing method at the rim’s end Guzzi choosed.
    Yes, it uses tubeless tires…and the spokes nuts are sealed with some Magic NASA Technology, but spokes need tightening and adjusting and sooner or later they will start to leak.
    Nothing but an “eventually happening” bother.

    I like the way the Super10 or GS1200A get it done when it comes to their wheels.

  • CafeRacer8509001200

    I still think I’d want a bike as simple as a Tea Partier, light as a watered down $2.00 gin & tonic and reliable as snow in Saskatchewan if I were going to do serious adventure touring. I’d want a KLR.