2011 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 | Preview

2011 Stelvio 1200 Preview

Moto Guzzi has updated the Stelvio 1200 adventure motorcycle for 2011 in Europe. This version will come to the United States in the second half of 2011 as a 2012 model. The updates for this Italian motorcycle include new-profile camshafts, new exhaust, a new fairing and windshield combination, larger 8.5-gallon fuel tank, updated side panniers and liners, and a new seat, among other updates

According to Moto Guzzi, “The fuel tank, by integrating it within the lightweight fairing, now highlights a clearly smooth streamlined effect which flows into the double front headlight assembly.”

The Stelvio 1200 design is not just for show, according to a Moto Guzzi spokesman, who tells us, “From an objective standpoint, the style of the new surfaces emphasizes two fundamental project milestones compared to the previous version–more efficient aerodynamic protection, thanks to the new top fairing, and practically twice fold range capacity, thanks to the outstanding new fuel tank with a 32-liter record capacity.”

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200’s motor has not escaped attention. Moto Guzzi says that, “This latest version can boast the careful attention paid to achieve a more silent and smooth running of the engine, whilst tweaking the electronic control, timing system and cooling system.”

“The brand new integrated ignition and injection ECU now exploits the signals sent by the two lambda probes to guarantee adequate feeding throughout the entire combustion cycle, improving response to the throttle control, mid range power delivery further to consumptions and emissions. The engine now boasts a maximum torque of over 113 Nm delivered at a mere 5,800 rpm, and easily reaches a peak in output of over 105 horsepower.”

The Stelvio chassis geometry is unchanged, with a rake of 27 degrees and a 60.4-inch wheelbase. The suspension is fully adjustable, with the front-end controlled by 45mm upside-down Marzocchi forks with 6.7 inches of travel.

The rear Sachs shock has progressive action and the rear axle moves just over six inches. Brembo brakes are back, and have front radial-mounted calipers that grip new discs that have lighter flanges and a new brake band to better dissipate heat.

New light alloy rims are standard.

Factory options available for the 2011 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 include a GPS navigator, heated handgrips, and protection for the Compact Reactive Cardan Shaft Drive.

2011 Moto Guzzi Stelvio | Motorcycle Specifications

  • Engine: 90° V-shaped twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Engine capacity: 1151 cc
  • Max output: 103 hp at 7250 rpm
  • Max torque: 83 ft/lbs at 5800 rpm
  • Exhaust system: stainless steel, 2-in-1 type, and three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final drive: CAR compact reactive shaft drive; double Cardan joint and floating bevel gear set, ratio 12/44 = 1:3.666
  • Front suspension: completely adjustable upside-down fork (spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping) with mounting bracket for radial brake caliper
  • Rear suspension: single-sided swing-arm with progressive linkage and monoshock with adjustable hydraulic rebound and dial for setting spring preload
  • Front brake: dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs and radial calipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons – ABS
  • Rear brake: 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, floating caliper with 2 parallel pistons – ABS
  • Tires: 110/80 R19″ tubeless (front) – 150/70 R17″ tubeless (rear)
  • Max length: 90.7 inches
  • Max width: 42.5 inches
  • Height: 58.1 inches
  • Seat height (adjust.): 32.3/33.1 inches
  • Dry weight: 553 pounds
  • Fuel tank capacity: 8.5 gallons (including 1.8-gallon reserve)

2011 Stelvio 1200 Standard motorcycle accessories: Aluminum top box, Tom Rider and navigator holder, heated handgrips, and headlamp guard.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).