June 8th, 2012
Known as the greatest driving road in the world, the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps is at an altitude of over 9000 feet and includes 84 hairpin corners. The pass was the testing ground for the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX.
The new adventure bike from Moto Guzzi uses the iconic 90-degree V-twin engine design that Moto Guzzi is famous for. The 1200 cc "Quattrovalvole" power plant is rated at 105 horsepower with over 83 foot pounds of torque.
A new traction control system has been introduced with the Stelvio. This “ATC” system controls the ignition advance to cut torque if a slipping condition is detected. Anti-lock brakes are also a standard feature of the motorcycle. Both the ABS and the ATC system can be disabled by the rider if they choose to do so.
A huge 8.5 gallon fuel tank increases the range of this motorcycle beyond what is usually offered. Many of the controls and ergonomics are easily adjustable. The windshield, seat height, handlebar angle, control levers and foot controls are customizable for a perfect fit.
Standard equipment includes hand guards, traction control system, ABS, aluminum saddlebags, cylinder guards, lower engine guards, tubeless spoked wheels and side wind deflectors.
The Stelvio retails for $15,990, which makes it a good alternative to the adventure bike offerings from other industry leaders like BMW.