MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO NTX (2009 - 2011) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The appeal of big adventure bikes needs no reminder but Guzzi's Stelvio is often overlooked when, in reality, it has much of the practicality and stature of the best-selling BMW GS but with extra exclusivity, a touch of added Italian style and plenty of added value as well. Sadly, Euro4 has now finally killed off Guzzi's old-school big twins so if the Stelvio appeals - and it should - good, low mileage ones are going to becoming increasingly thin on the ground. In short, if you want a value big adventure bike that stands out, it's worth a look.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 light action clutch too. This motor also appears in the standard Stelvio from 2009 onward. 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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The big Guzzi is a robust, rustic tractor among motorcycles and not much goes wrong with them as long as they're looked after cosmetically and mechanically.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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. If you're in the market for a second hand example be prepared to shell out £7000 and up. Find a Moto Guzzi Stelvio for sale.
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.
|Engine type||4-valve, V-twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||18 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||83 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||14.2 secs|
|Tank range||158 miles|
Model history & versions
2009 – Model launched
Moto Guzzi Stelvio
Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO (2009 - 2011)
2 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI STELVIO (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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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 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.