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Old 02-27-2012, 02:57 PM   #16
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I finally saw one of these in person this weekend, while riding in the Santa Cruz Hills. VERY good looking bike, with a FANTASTIC exhaust note. I've only ever had one Guzzi, and it was a terrible experience. Of course, it was a V-65 Lario that had been neglected horribly by the original owner, so it's not really a fair comparison.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:02 PM   #17
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Dealer network is worse than BMW and if you did ever need to replace a headlamp assembly for instance....get on the web and see where you could buy a new one and how long will it take for shipping and how much would it cost.....Methinks you would then then want to stick with the trusty BMW!... my 2 cents....
I'm sorry - did I read that right? "TRUSTY" BMW? Where did you find one of those?
Of course, one of the joys of Guzzi ownership is that you don't NEED a Dealer network (For long-time Guzzi owners, a "dealer" is a place that has lots of bikes parked outside and pretends to offer parts and service - except the part you need will inevitably be A) out of stock and B) cost three times what you can buy it from anywhere else, and the "service" will result in stripped threads, missing parts, strange oil-leaks and will cost several hundred dollars. And require that you return the bike at least three times so that they can try again.)
Luckily, we don't need "Dealers" - unless you're a Banker with an expensive habit ... and own a BMW...
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:55 AM   #18
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Now the thread has moved to this sub forum you can check out the Stelvio reliability thread and the merged Stelvio thread. The main thing about owning a bike isn't a dealer network or parts back up - the biggest thing is what it's like to ride. The difference between a GS and a Stelvio is a subjective thing - go ride one if you can! I know which i chose ;)
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:50 AM   #19
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gs and stelvio are both good... but ride very different. Where the gs is much more refined the stelvio is much more visceral.... the stelvio is at least as reliable as the gs. It all depends on what and how much feel you like in the bike.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:00 AM   #20
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I found the Stelvio to feel heavy and clumsy compared to the GS as well as a tad underpowered, but maybe it was just the one I rode wasn't setup properly.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #21
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Having ridden both back to back i would have to say the one you rode had issues.. lol
The feel is very different for sure.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:49 PM   #22
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Moto Guzzi Stelvio

I have just bought a used Stelvio and will riding it back from the Seattle area. I currently own a Moto Guzzi Norge and have all but retired the BMW. The Moto Guzzi's lack of dealer network has not been,nor do I thinke it will be a problem in the future. I am able to do all of my own work and have several dealers that will ship parts anywhere in the world.

I makes damn little difference if you have a dealer or not when you are in the outback or in the Northwest Territories. I would hope that when I am travling I would not have to plan my trips around the dealer network. After reading many ride reports of travlers having problems and the local dealers were not willing to do anything.

If you are not willing to learn about your bike at least enough to care of minor problems, mayby you bought the wrong machine.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #23
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Main reason for me not buying one is...I've never even seen one....

Right now that's a good thing too, I would love to take one for a spin one day though.....
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:49 AM   #24
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Main reason for me not buying one is...I've never even seen one....

Right now that's a good thing too, I would love to take one for a spin one day though.....
+1 I don't think there is a guzzi dealer within 500 miles of here
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:30 AM   #25
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+1 I don't think there is a guzzi dealer within 500 miles of here
http://www.rosefarmclassics.com/
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:52 AM   #26
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For touring: Why not a Moto Guzzi Stelvio?
Make sure you get very recent model with the larger fuel tank, or budget for an auxiliary fuel tank. Older ones had a small tank.

If your touring includes urban riding, that's a wide bike. For the one I looked at, the mirrors measured 106cm tip to tip, and contained the turn signals, so it wouldn't be simple to replace them.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:32 AM   #27
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LOL.

Yeah. Took about 10 minutes to replace them with the Euro directionals and put on the V12 Sport mirrors.


I commute in and out of Boston daily and have never had an issue with the width.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:46 AM   #28
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Rocker, you made my point for me--why should I buy a bike that I have to go another state to get?
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:18 AM   #29
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+1 I don't think there is a guzzi dealer within 500 miles of here
John, That's my next bike. I recently rode a used '10 w/ ABS but did not buy it. However, I am convinced that it is a bike that will fit my riding needs very well. I'm looking to go with a '12 because of the many features it will have over the previously available '08, '09 and '10's here in the US.

I've been to both Rose Farm in Woodstock, IL (260 miles) and Moto-Nexus in Hendersonville, NC (450 miles) and will go talk to Renegade Motors in Toledo, OH (270 miles) while I'm at the Beemer Rally in Sturgis, MI. I don't see these distances as a deterent at all to buying that type of bike.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:57 PM   #30
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Rocker, you made my point for me--why should I buy a bike that I have to go another state to get?
You said "500 miles".

I pointed out a top-rated dealer well within that radius.

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