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So what DON'T you like about your Stelvio?

Discussion in 'Stelvio Chat & Tech' started by Bluntly, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. kurt

    kurt Tuned and Synch'ed

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    How did you address the ethanol problem?

    My own list is about lack of dealer support, and wondering if there will continue to be a Moto Guzzi to provide parts for my bike. As the proud (probably permanent) owner of a Buell Ulysses, this has become even more troubling.
     
  2. bigtex

    bigtex Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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  3. kmartin

    kmartin Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Thanks Bill,

    I'll take a look at it. The first time I filled up I was suprised, what a pain with Ca vapor recovery pump nozzles.
     
  4. Ray1150

    Ray1150 Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Don't tell our government about vapour recovery, its getting a lot like North Korea over here already,Gordon Brown more the dimwit leader than dear leader!
    Back to the important stuff;-
    I bought mine for two up touring, I know the engines still tight (just done 1st service) but the fuel light comes on at 105 miles and I put 17.1 liters in @ 139 miles. (Not riding like a loon, I've got a Suzuki for that.) It doesn't feel in tune at the moment and I've ordered a VDSTS from Todd so that I can tue it properly, hopefully this will improve but we don't need a glove box we need a bigger fuel tank. Also the seat is going to be done as my xmas present to me as it does slide you gently toward the tank all the time and is bloody uncomfortable after 200 miles (even with 8 million fuel stops to get there).
    Don't regret buying it tho'!
     
  5. WayneOrwig

    WayneOrwig GT Reference

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    I just did 167 miles and it took 4.3 US gallons, or 38 US miles per gallon. That was a combo with lots of low speed gravel, modest speed mountain roads and some high speed highway.
     
  6. bobw

    bobw Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Almost exactly my type of riding and mpg results.

    The seat works well for me so far, but I came off a BMW where stock seats are known to make the toughest of the toughest iron butt's cry for relief :lol: Bicycle shorts and riding pants help a bunch for any bike I've had.

    Any possibilities those seats that are "sliding" people into the tank are on the high rear setting and resting on the lower front position? My riding pants are a bit grippier than jeans and I do squeeze the seat/tank with my knees while running down tight hills, but the Stelvio is a fairly flat-neutral platform.jmho
     
  7. fatal

    fatal Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Generally I'm very happy with mine. There were a few minor problems at first, partly due to poor dealer PDI, this included headlights not alighned correctly, side stand too short (god only knows how that happened) and the speedo sensor packed in at 300 miles and again at 2600miles (in wet weather)
    On a recent tour around northern Scotland it averaged about 45mpg during quite brisk riding,but I still think the tank could do with another few litres. I find the seat comfy enough for 300 mile days ( i have a fat a*se! :D )
    The Trax (moto Guzzi) panniers are good but need to mount a couple of inches further back to give more pillion foot space.
    So apart from crap local dealers, I'm pleased overall with the bike.
     
  8. kmartin

    kmartin Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I've been wondering that myself. Been too lazy to ask though.
     
  9. Forseti

    Forseti Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I had the same issue with sliding forward on the seat.. now I have the seat front set above the high (doesn't actually hook) and the rear on the high spot. Works well for me.
     
  10. kwn306

    kwn306 High Miler

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    The rear shock stinks, its very weak. I have totally worn mine out and the bike just turned 10K miles. According to the dealer it is not covered under warranty either. :angry:

    I have destoried my plastic skid plate, knocked a small hole in my oil filter and torn my side stand feet off, welded new ones back on and then tore the side stand off the bike.

    So far no one makes a heavier spring to replace the stock unit. I have found a place in GA (Traxxion Dynamics) that will rebuild (new heavier spring and revalve) the stock unit for $300. :eek:

    I can't ride it two up so I might as well spend the money to send them the shock, guess I will be removing the shock on Turkey-day and boxing it up. :S
     
  11. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Kurt, don't waste your money on a spring, though I can offer one for $126+ shipping. I highly recommend either you get you a HyperPro for $589 or a YSS ranging from $709 with spring preload & rebound adjustment up to ~$899 for fully adjustable. Comments?
     
  12. kwn306

    kwn306 High Miler

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    Todd,

    Sent you an email with concerns / questions.

    Kurt
     
  13. StelvioGT

    StelvioGT Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I wish it had a digital gear selection indicator- otherwise it is perfect! My FJR had a gear indicator and I got very accustomed to it.
     
  14. Ray1150

    Ray1150 Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Me too see, https://www.guzzitech.com/forum/topic. ... 2955#p2955
    you can fit an acumen quite easily.

    Although I must say I haven't found it essential unlike the sv1000 I originally fitted one on.
     
  15. StelvioGT

    StelvioGT Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Great idea! Got to get one for sure!
     
  16. Bluntly

    Bluntly Tuned and Synch'ed

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    When I first stated riding my Stelvio I thought, after 3 BMWs, I really needed a gear indicator, after 5000km I realise I don't, I enjoy being more tuned in the ride, worse case scenario is I occasionally try and make the odd upshift to 6th when I'm in it, always when I've come onto the highway quickly and have accellerated up through the gears quickly.
    A local guy has one on his Stelvio and TBH I'm sorry to say I think it makes the bike's dash Fugly :roll:
     
  17. loftyjohn

    loftyjohn Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Hi Gang
    I'm with Blunty why would anyone want a gear position indicator :lol:

    We have all got one, it's called EARS :lol:

    IF your ears are poor use your eyes, take a look at your rev counter occasionally. :D

    And if you have poor eyes, use your touch. Feel for the vibrations :D



    It;s all there for FREE



    Loftyjohn
     
  18. WayneOrwig

    WayneOrwig GT Reference

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    I had a bike years ago that had a small light that showed that you were in the top gear. I don't see a point in letting you know you are in second or third or fourth or fifth. Your goal is correct engine speed, not what gear you are in. But the high gear indicator would save me from an occasional attempt to go into seventh gear. :oops:
     
  19. notasweetman

    notasweetman Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    After 40 years riding this is the most exciting bike I have ever owned. Not for performance, but it's style, it's beauty, it's sound, it's rarity, it's character, etc, etc....

    Before the dealer put a Griso tune in it, the lumpy low-speed delivery was a pain. Fine now!

    The Speedo's packed up. They replaced the rear wheel sensor, but the problem's still there. So we've ordered a new dashboard, but it's only been 6 weeks and Mandello's a long way away.....? Meanwhile I'm riding by guesswork staring at a 'SERVICE' warning and hoping I don't trip a speed cam!

    I too had the weird sidestand/kick-into-1st-and-stall problem until I started to switch the bike off before I put it down. Second nature now.

    The accessory plug is ridiculous in the rear tray!

    The battery earth is vulnerable to damage by the seat lugs. (So be careful!)

    The thing should have handguards fitted as standard. Now I have them, they're brilliant.

    And that's it! My BMW GS riding friends are now parking on the other side of the car park and not speaking to me! Jealous for sure.

    Guzzi rule - for style, anyway! (And ain't the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 engine UGLY!)
     
  20. Campagman

    Campagman Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    That its stuck in the garage 'cos its snowing again :( , the roads are covered in salt, ice, slush etc and I've got to go back to work on Monday after managing an hours ride in 10 days over the holiday period.
     

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