MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO (2008-on) Review

Published: 21 March 2008

"Not as fast, light or focussed (as BMW's GS) but it doesn't take itself as seriously, either"

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"Not as fast, light or focussed (as BMW's GS) but it doesn't take itself as seriously, either"

  • At a glance
  • 1151cc  -  76 bhp
  • 27 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • High seat height (865mm)
  • £10,474

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Stelvio is Moto Guzzi’s answer to the hugely-successful BMW R1200GS. It is brand new from the ground-up featuring a new chassis, suspension, wheels, tyres and Moto Guzzi’s latest 8v 1200cc V-twin motor. Next to the BMW it’s not as fast, light or focussed but it doesn’t take itself as seriously either. It offers up more confidence in the corners compared to its funny-front-ended German rival, and its softer power delivery, seat and suspension make it far more relaxing on long journeys.

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its fully-adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks and, fully adjustable rear shock and 180/55 x 17 size rear tyre (something you usually only see on sports bikes), the Moto Guzzi Stelvio really handles when pushed hard. The only limitation to ultimate dry grip is the dual-purpose Pirelli tyres, which don’t have as much contact area with the tarmac as a more lightly treaded road tyre. Comfort, as you would expect from a Guzzi is very good, with a relaxed riding a position and a soft seat, which has two height settings. Although it has radial-mounted Brembo calipers, again only usually seen on a sports bike, the bite and feel is lacking. Off-road ability is compromised by a tyre-hugging front mudguard and dual-purpose tyres.

Engine 3 out of 5

Moto Guzzi’s new-generation 1151cc V-twin engine and transmission has so far only been seen in the new 8v Griso and 1200 Sport. Gone are the clunky gearboxes and dodgy power deliveries of old-school Guzzis, this new powerplant and the fuel injection system that goes with it is smooth and refined, although it still has a distinctive Italian V-twin edge to it. At traffic lights the Stelvio still rocks from side to side as you blip the throttle like Guzzis are supposed to. There a decent amount of low-down oomph and if you rev it, a good top-end buzz too, but it’s sorely lacking power in the mid-range, just where you need it the most.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Not only are these new breed of Guzzis more refined than ever before, the build-quality is superb too. The quality of the components used is top-quality, the paintwork is superb and the whole lot is screwed together beautifully. Moto Guzzi is now owned by scooter giant Piaggio and the investment they’ve put into this old historic motorcycling brand really shows in the Stelvio. Like its sister company Aprilia, Moto Guzzi has rigorous durability tests during the development of its new machines, so reliability issues should be a thing of the past.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio is a grand cheaper than the basic R1200GS, which makes it cracking value for this type of machine. It has style, character, is comfortable, handles well and there’s a decent amount of shove when needed, the only blot on its copy book is the lack of mid-range, but Guzzi plan to rectify this before bikes go on sale in the UK in March 2008. Find a Moto Guzzi Stelvio for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

There are a good number of bells and whistles on the Moto Guzzi Stelvio to keep things interesting, like those high-spec, forks and brakes. You also get shaft drive , a manually adjustable screen and seat, a fully adjustable rear shock with an easy to adjust pre-load knob, spoked wheels, a centre-stand, multi-function LCD dash and a cubby-hole in the dummy fuel tank cover with an electronically-operated flap.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO (2008-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

A Parallel Universe

19 January 2012 by nexthorizon

An amazing machine. My world had changed, I had slipped into a Parallel Universe of effortless travel. My first experience of a bike with a windshield - no wind tearing arms out of sockets. Smooth power – not arm wrenching like my Vmax, just on and... Read more ever on… I could even hear opera playing from my Bluetooth helmet at (very)high speed. The Moto Guzzi Stelvio - a class of it’s own. Full review here http://derekmansfield.co.uk/motorcycle-clothing-equipment-reviews-html/moto-guzzi-stelvio/

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Guzzi Quality - What Happened!!!!

26 May 2009 by ackers

Everyone says Guzzi's are now much better quality since Piaggio took over. I beg to differ. Compared with my 1970s Lemans' the new bike is lumpy, slow, and badly put together. The dealer network is appalling! I have had my Stelvio (well either... Read more I or the dealers) since early March 2009. Issues I have with it and with Moto Guzzi are:- Fuel Consumption is awful with 34mpg when ridden quietly. I hope this will improve with mileage, Accessories are almost unobtainable. The starter motor failed at 1200 miles - it took 3 weeks to repair. The front seat mounting 'plates' wore through the live battery cables that they rest against. Hugely dangerous and entertaining with mucho smoke and sparks. Why has this not been subject to a recall? The dealer who fitted my new starter motor stripped the earth strap bolt thread and didnt tell me. Result another day off the road and not in work! The bike stopped at speed on the M61 on Friday the 22nd May. Again smoke from the wiring and flashing lights. No chance of a fix and taken home in a van. Bike back in dealers and I am demanding a refund or a new bike. Moto Guzzi Customer Care dont seem to understand these works and keep talking about a repair. I assume they dont understand the Sale of Goods Act in the UK!!! I would liove to have been positive but as I always loved Guzzis but all this cr*p on a new bike. You must be joking. Good job my Cagiva Elefant 900 (lighter, faster, more reliable, 30% better fuel consumption)is still chomping at the bit in the garage!!! I will report again to let you know if Piaggio honour their consumer responsibilities. If not, it is up to the man in the curly wig (and I dont mean Harry Enfield as a Scouser)!!!

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

GS NO MACH FOR STELVIO

19 August 2008 by silverfox54

WITH NEW MAP FLAT SPOTS ARE GONE Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Super Stelvio

03 April 2008 by Guzzirider

Collected my Stelvio last week- looks wicked in black. Great handling, motor, brakes and suspension. Much more svelte and original than a GS- be different! Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £10,474
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 76 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 27 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 1151cc
Engine type 8-valve, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 865mm
Bike weight 214kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 110/90 19 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2008: Moto Guzzi Stelvio launched.

Other versions

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