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Old 02-09-2012, 12:58 PM   #2071
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Hmmmmm....

Get a left over 2011 with the small tank - bit of an issue in west Texas....or hold out for a 2012 in May

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I have just had the Stucchi Luigi auxiliary tank installed on my 2009 Stelvio. It looks like a very high quality item, and should vastly improve my range, which is the only weak point I have found so far with the bike (well, okay a few little issues, like the speedo sensor crapping out when it gets wet, but nothing major.)

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Old 02-10-2012, 02:53 AM   #2072
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(well, okay a few little issues, like the speedo sensor crapping out when it gets wet, but nothing major.)
That should be a dead issue now - the replacement was upgraded - mine is used in all sorts of crap weather and hasb't let me down since the new type went on
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #2073
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That should be a dead issue now - the replacement was upgraded - mine is used in all sorts of crap weather and hasb't let me down since the new type went on
When I replaced mine I coated it with silicone before installing just to be sure. I have ridden through biblical rains since with no issue.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:37 PM   #2074
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Nice write up.

http://www.cycletorque.com.au/Moto-G...o-1200-8V-NTX/
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:26 AM   #2075
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The only glaring error in the report was the reference to the "five" speed tranny. Evidently they lost count as they were going through the gears --- or maybe they just never got beyond 5 on the upshifts!
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:21 PM   #2076
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Now if we can just get the pretty boy to move out of the way, we can see the pretty Italian bike:





All from the new Olympia line: http://olympiamotosports.com/categor...ir-essentials/

Too many shots with my lovely bike hidden, but it was fun doing a photoshoot day.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:28 PM   #2077
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The only glaring error in the report was the reference to the "five" speed tranny. Evidently they lost count as they were going through the gears --- or maybe they just never got beyond 5 on the upshifts!
Cut-price Australian model - bloody importer's always trying to cut corners!
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:43 PM   #2078
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Now if we can just get the pretty boy to move out of the way, we can see the pretty Italian bike:

Too many shots with my lovely bike hidden, but it was fun doing a photoshoot day.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:18 PM   #2079
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I really like my Stelvio, and did a few mods to make it even better for me.

1) Didn't like the overly wide stock handlebards so I installed some from an Aprilia Mana. Virtually the same bend as the stockers, but 3" narrower. After photo was taken I installed the Guzzi handguards that fit perfectly.


2) Some highway pegs so I can stretch out the legs on those long straightaways.





3) Air horn to replace the wimpy stocker - my scooter has a louder stock horn!

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Old 02-17-2012, 04:00 AM   #2080
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Interesting place for the foot pegs. Did you reinforce the sump guard? Did you fabricate those your self?
Nice work.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:53 AM   #2081
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Interesting place for the foot pegs. Did you reinforce the sump guard? Did you fabricate those your self?
Nice work.
Pegs are store bought, but I made the bracket that picks up the two M8 bolts on each side that attach the engine guards, using longer bolt of course. The sump guard is unaffected. I find the riding position and seat of the Stelvio amazingly comfortable, but these highway pegs are for when I just need to stretch out my legs for awhile.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:36 PM   #2082
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Been reading through all hundred and change pages of this thread. Good reading!

Can someone tell me why I shouldn't get a US-market 2011 Stelvio? I've been looking through the threads here and browsing around other sites, looking for the "fatal flaw"...the thing that tells me I shouldn't get one. Why a 2011? Better deals on 2011's than waiting for the 2012's. Simple as that.

A few things I've learned...

- fuel tank size: the smaller fuel tank is not an issue for me. If I think I might ever be out somewhere and won't be able to get fuel, I can buy some extra plastic fuel tanks and strap them to the panniers.

- Reliability issues and other problems (cam followers & speed sensors) seem to have been handled and really only affect the '09 model year. Only other issues I saw don't seem to be a big deal...fork pinch bolts need to be torqued properly, need to make sure things are lubed properly...that's about it. I'm reading that the Stelvio is pretty rock-solid reliable.

- Some are concerned about dealer support and a lack of dealerships...if you look at what I'm currently riding (see my signature), you should quickly realize that a lack of dealerships is not a big concern of mine.

Am I missing anything? What's the fatal flaw that will tell me that I shouldn't get one?
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #2083
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Been reading through all hundred and change pages of this thread. Good reading!
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Am I missing anything? What's the fatal flaw that will tell me that I shouldn't get one?
There isn't one.

Enjoy your new Stelvio.

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #2084
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Soldierguy, beyond what the others have said, the only other thing you need to have is patience related to the ordering of parts, they can take a while if not in stock at the dealership level. By the way, a friend of mine may be selling his black 2009 Stelvio (all recalls/fixes performed, lot's of goodies), PM me if you want further details. The larger tank on the 2012 bikes will be a nice option to have, especially given the relatively short-range of the previous year's tanks, you simply may not find value in it though. I love Moto Guzzis (owned a Stelvio, sold to an ADV forum member), and have a special fondness for their motors and design, they're in a class by themselves. Light bikes they are not; have you ever held a Stelvio's rider seat in your hands?

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:54 PM   #2085
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have you ever held a Stelvio's rider seat in your hands?
Yeah, why is that seat so heavy??? It seems like it is totally over-built to me, like it can support a thousand pound rider! Would think it would have saved many lbs making it out of a lighter material. The pillion seat is nice and light with it's plastic base. My Beta DS bike's seat weighs practically nothing in comparison, but is not nearly as comfortable.
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