2011 Stelvio 1200 PreviewMoto 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
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
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.