MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO NTX (2009-2011) Review

Published: 26 June 2009

"Well worth a look if you're after something a bit different"

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

"Well worth a look if you're after something a bit different"

  • At a glance
  • 1151cc  -  105 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  158 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio is well built, sounds great, stylish, easy to handle, comfortable, practical and comes with that historic Moto Guzzi badge on the tank. It’s not as focussed as the BMW R1200GS Adventure on road and nowhere as accomplished off-road, but it doesn’t take itself as seriously either, it’s easy to ride and it comes with an air of exclusivity. To cap it all it’s cheaper than an equivalent-spec’d BMW too. Well worth a look if you’re after something a bit different.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Stelvio NTX is very manageable, far more so than its gigantic BMW competition. It carries it’s all-up, ready-to-go weight of 251kg (5kg less than the GS Adventure) very well at low speed. thanks to a low, two-way adjustable seat, which can be set at 820mm or 840mm. The two-position GS Adventure seat is 890/910mm tall. Town riding is made easy by an ultra-smooth throttle response, gearbox, clutch action and out on the mountain passes the steering is light, and the chassis and suspension set-up gives you lots of confidence. Pillions get a hard time on the back, though as panniers get in the way of their feet.

Engine 4 out of 5

To give the Stelvio NTX four-valve engine some extra grunt at lower revs, it has revised profile cams, new ignition and injection mapping, and a larger capacity air-box, made possible by shifting the battery on its side. There’s a new lighter-action clutch too. This motor will also appear in the standard Stelvio from now on. There is a noticeable amount more low and mid-range shove, but there’s still a bit of a pause around 5000rpm when the four-valve engine stops to catch its breath, then leaps the final way to its 8000rpm redline. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

It’s too early to say how the Stelvio NTX will fare in the reliability stakes, but it is well built and well finished. Guzzis have come of age since they’ve come under the Piaggio umbrella and quality has generally improved. The Stelvio NTX was actually developed in Aprilia’s high-tech factory in Noale. 

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Topping the eleven-grand mark, this is a very expensive motorcycle. It may be cheaper than a similar spec BMW R1200GS Adventure but it’s lack of ability compared to the German giant makes it seem a trifle dear. Find a Moto Guzzi Stelvio for sale.

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

In true adventure-style, the Stelvio NTX comes with big panniers, spotlights, sump and engine protection and knobbly off-road tyres. It also comes with ABS, radial brakes and a single-sided swingarm/shaft drive as standard. Official accessories include a shaft drive protector, tank bag and pouch, Tomtom Rider 2 sat nav, alarm and heated grips. Compare and buy parts for the NTX in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO NTX (2009-2011) 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 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Try It, You'll Buy it

19 September 2009 by Bluntly

Firstly, there seems to be no comparison between an 08 and 09 models, the engine is improved to the point where they could have renamed it. Secondly real world on road handling is superb, if you're coming from a GS gmake sure you have a good long... Read more demo, it IS different but within a mornings ride you'll love it for the same reasons you love the GS, predictability and precision. Having said that, a standard Stelvio that I rode seemed to run wide, could have been the set up though. The engine is a peach, and you've still got the big vibes you get on a Boxer engine...plus a glorious exhaust note. I've given it 4* for reliability as I just don't no yet but the quality seems excellent, very well put together, but even that depends on your dealer so who knows.

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

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £11,774
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 158 miles
Specification
Engine size 1151cc
Engine type 4-valve, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 251kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 1 x 282mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 19 in
Rear tyre size 150/70 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2009 – Model launched

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