Thursday, November 01, 2007

Moto Guzzi Stelvio ready to take on BMW R1200GS!

Looks interesting and with its 100bhp twin-cylinder engine, should go hard. Best Guzzi in a long, long time? Probably...

You’ve already seen various ‘scoop’ pics of the Moto Guzzi Stelvio and now here’s the real deal – the first official pics of the much-awaited dual-purpose machine from Guzzi. Looks good, eh? For us, the Stelvio is the best looking bike from Guzzi in years.

Moto Guzzi say the Stelvio is a ‘Multi-purpose maxi-enduro machine that can adapt to all conditions’ and with its 1200cc, 8-valve, 100bhp opposed-twin, tubular steel chassis, 50mm USD forks, CA.R.C (reactive shaft drive) final drive, single-sided swingarm and crisp, snazzy styling, the Stelvio sure looks interesting.

While the Stelvio looks suitable for mild off-road excursions, Guzzi haven’t ignored the street/touring part of things either. The windscreen is adjustable for height and rake, the seats are adjustable, saddlebags are standard equipment, and brakes (with radial mount calipers at front) are said to be adequately powerful.

Should be interesting to see how the Stelvio does against bikes like the BMW R1200GS and the KTM 990 Adventure, as well as smaller bikes like the Honda XL700V Transalp and the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere…!

And here's a pic of the retro-styled 2008 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, powered by an air-cooled, 750cc opposed-twin

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KTM RC8 in final stages of development. Watch out!
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Offbeat: The 2008 Voxan GTV1200
From Finland: Honda CBR1100XX Turbo!
The amazing 2008 BMW HP2 Sport...

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