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Old 07-17-2013, 11:06 AM   #5866
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Looks normal to me.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:34 AM   #5867
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Looks normal to me.
Ditto that.

Edit: I just went out and checked mine and it is the same as yours.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:17 PM   #5868
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The Diff guard is an optional extra that we will modify to make more substantial. [/URL]
I've been looking at how the ABS wire runs under the rear drive and wondering if any of you who've done more off-road have had a problem catching it on trail/road junk. It looks super vulnerable to me.

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Old 07-17-2013, 01:45 PM   #5869
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But as much as I love the Stelvio, if you're waiting to check out the KTM Adventure 1190 in the fall, that's a wise choice to...
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It's never a logical decision, it's about which one you like best or want most.

I won't buy a Stelvio again. Not that there's anything wrong with the bike, but I like variety; the KTM is at the top of my "next adventure bike" list.
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And after nearly 1 yr of ownership and 7k miles, I have no reservations at all with regard to my Stelvio. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat, and wish the NTX was available years ago. I did the 150HP "adventure bike" thing (Ducati MTS12 S Sport), and while it's an absolute hoot to ride, I'll not do that again. I'm too young (at heart) to ride it like a sane person.

The Stelvio fits me and my riding style perfectly. Lope along all day at 3500 rpm or "get on it" above 5k rpm, it's got it all. But as James said, and I can't agree more, a bike purchase is really about "want" more than "need".

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I'm curious on a couple of points.

1. How long you most of you keep your bike(s)?

It seems from my history I tend to keep most bikes a fairly long time, easily 10 yrs or more. I don't know it that's good, bad, or ??? it just seems to be how it works out. It's probably why I make a big deal out of the details and decision process before I buy.

2. For those that have owned the Stelvio for a longer period, what do you find appealing about another bike you may consider trading it for?

So far the only thing I find "annoying" is the weight when I have to push it around or during parking maneuvers. Sometimes I think about which bike I want to take for a run into town and sometimes the KLR looks more attractive for that.

Other than that I find the Stelvio works very well for what I bought it for, solo and 2 up road use with some mellow dirt roads tossed in. For more serious dirt work it's too heavy for my liking, but that's no surprise.

Thinking back on all the bikes I test rode and considered I don't see any I'd prefer to own over the Stelvio unless I changed my mission statement drastically.

That being said, I will probably add a naked street bike to the stable some time in the future to compliment my fairly dirt oriented line up. I need to get my KTM and Vstrom sold first before I can even consider that.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #5870
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I've had mine for 3 1/2 years.

No plans on getting rid of it or trading it. In fact, I like it so much, that if the day comes, I'll probably rebuild or replace the motor. With only 40,000 miles, I anticipate that being a long time from now.

Of course, I may not be the best guy to ask. I can't get rid of any of my Guzzi's.

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Old 07-17-2013, 01:59 PM   #5871
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Ride on then! Thanks for checking guys. Now I won't worry about it.


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Looks normal to me.
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Ditto that.

Edit: I just went out and checked mine and it is the same as yours.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:41 PM   #5872
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Spark Plug Cap Failure

I guess it's a known problem and it happened to me last weekend at a Guzzi rally (thank god that's where it happened). The bike started running on one cylinder and the display would go blank. Another Stelvio owner (thank you MotoG5) recognized the symptoms and a piece of electrical tape around the cap got things right again.

After doing some research I found that some are replacing their caps with a different part (NGK SB05E), but the fit didn't look quite right to me, so I'll just order a stock cap, maybe two, and keep some electrical tape or silicone tape on board.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #5873
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The SB05E's work and fit just fine. Did mine 3 years ago and have never had any problems.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:13 PM   #5874
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I'm curious on a couple of points.

1. How long you most of you keep your bike(s)?......
I tend to keep my bikes two to three years. I find I like the process of set-up and getting the new equipment ready for my long distance touring and camping trip needs. All things considered, the NTX meets those needs very well, so I'll probably keep it as long as I can manage the weight without difficulty. When that is no longer possible, I'll either move to a lighter bike (type unknown) or quit riding all together.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:16 PM   #5875
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Where are you guys sourcing the SDO5E. I was told by my local dealer's and 2 of the chain auto parts store's that they had been discontinued, they showed me the message on the computer.

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The SB05E's work and fit just fine. Did mine 3 years ago and have never had any problems.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:21 PM   #5876
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Contact Todd at Guzzitech.com. He usually stocks them. Pretty cheap too.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #5877
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Where are you guys sourcing the SDO5E. I was told by my local dealer's and 2 of the chain auto parts store's that they had been discontinued, they showed me the message on the computer.

Thanks for any help.
http://www.accu-products.com/index.p...wCat&Submit=Go

Try this link.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:35 PM   #5878
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I've been looking at how the ABS wire runs under the rear drive and wondering if any of you who've done more off-road have had a problem catching it on trail/road junk. It looks super vulnerable to me.

I've abused the Stelvio off-road pretty bad and haven't had an issue with that (or anything else except fork seals, really.).
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:30 PM   #5879
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The SB05E's work and fit just fine. Did mine 3 years ago and have never had any problems.
I guess my issue is that the original cap has a 90 degree bend in it while the SB05E is straight and needs to be bent around the spark plug opening in the valve cover. I know that people make it work, but it just doesn't seem to fit the natural order of things, if you know what I mean. It's in my obsessive perfectionist nature I guess.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #5880
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It bends pretty easily and after a few heat cycle assumes the bend kind of naturally. Its not that ackward a fit.
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