Saturday, October 11, 2014

New and Improved: 2015 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V NTX unveiled

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With various detail improvements, the 2015 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX is more capable than ever before

Moto Guzzi have unveiled the 2015 Stelvio 1200 8V NTX, their adventure-touring machine which once again aims to do battle with the BMW R1200GS, Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, KTM 1290 Super Adventure and Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré etc. Indeed, with its 32-litre fuel tank, double headlamp assembly, adjustable windshield, spacious panniers for luggage, optional GPS navigation equipment, fully adjustable long-travel suspension and powerful, 105 horsepower / 113Nm V-twin engine, the Stelvio can take pretty much whatever you choose to throw at it. There's also ABS and traction control here, just to make sure your complete your mega journeys as safely as possible.

For 2015, new bits on the Guzzi Stelvio 1200 include a revised steel-tube chassis that's been strengthened further, to cope with the rigours of hard off-road use. Suspension (45mm USD Marzocchi fork, Sachs monoshock with a progresive, rising rate spring) settings have been revised, the engine gets improvements to its lubrication and cooling systems, and gets an updated new Marelli fuel injection system for improved throttle control and mid-range power delivery, as well as reduced fuel consumption, lower emission levels and reduced noise.

With 17-inch (rear) and 19-inch (front) wheels, shod with 150/70 and 110/90 tyres respectively, and with Guzzi's ATC traction control system, the Stelvio has been designed for on/off road use and despite its 270kg kerb weigh, remains manageable as a long-distance adventure tourer. It's probably not as high-tech as, say, the Yamaha Super Ténéré or the Aprilia Caponord Rally, but the Stelvio can still hold its own in most riding conditions.

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