NEW YORK – September 9, 2008 – Acclaimed as a brand reserved for the most
passionate and discriminating individualistic enthusiast, Moto Guzzi
continues its illustrious heritage of designing and building unique
motorcycles with the introduction of the Stelvio 1200 4V.
Aptly named for the Stelvio Pass – a serpentine stretch of asphalt draped
over the Italian Alps which embodies the essence of the two-wheel experience
with 84 hairpin turns that ascent to an altitude of 9048 feet, the Moto
Guzzi Stelvio is an important new model for the fabled “Italian Eagle.”
The Stelvio enters the realm of adventure touring as a multipurpose machine
designed to make the world a playground for the bold motorcycle adventurer.
In addition to possessing a sporting, road-going persona-wonderfully adept
at both short and long hauls-Stelvio boasts an off-road capability, with
wide handlebars, abundant ground clearance, and an underside skid plate to
help it tackle the obstacles encountered when venturing off the beaten path.
Abundant Power For All Purposes
The newest member to the Moto Guzzi family retains the marque’s historic
90-degree transversally-mounted V-twin engine. The internals have been
completely redesigned and reengineered into a new generation
“Quattrovalvole” (4-valve) powerplant. A total of 563 new parts comprise
the compact 1,151cc engine, which employs a single in head camshaft that
operates four valves per cylinder, providing sufficient power for an
A lightened crankshaft and forged 3-ring pistons help the Stelvio 1200 4V
produce 105 horsepower, delivered with uncanny smoothness at a respectable
7500 rpm. The cylinder cooling fins have been redesigned to more efficiently
dissipate engine heat. The innovative use of Morse chains and hydraulic cam
chain tensioners keep internal engine noise to a minimum. The new, more
powerful engine delivers its visceral heartbeat through a high performance
aluminum dual outlet muffler with the famous exhaust note that unmistakably
brands it as a “Guzzi.”
A sophisticated lubrication system ensures durability and
dependability-providing an added level of confidence for long distance
The engine is fed via 50mm throttle bodies and new Marelli injectors,
unleashing its abundant torque and increased power in a manageable, yet
thoroughly engaging manner. The 6-speed transmission and new single-plate
dry clutch delivers all the Stelvio’s power to the rear wheel via the single
sided CARC shaft drive system as used on other recent Moto Guzzi models.
The added bonus of low maintenance inherent with a shaft drive is perfect
for long-distance touring.
Classic Moto Guzzi Styling
The Stelvio maintains Moto Guzzi’s rich tradition for flair by blending an
attractive aesthetic with a purpose-built persona in a marriage that will
please Guzzi devotees as well as attract an entirely new audience to the
brand. Designers have created a tasteful design for this most versatile of
motorcycles, delivering an attractive machine that defies categorization,
given its proficiencies as an urban commuter, freeway flyer, and off road
explorer. This adventure tourer is capable of long distance travel with the
utmost of comfort. Upright seating and wide handlebars provide a high line
of sight and exceptional maneuverability, the key to safety and comfort.
Despite Stelvio’s stout and rugged design, its dry weight of just 214 kg
(472 pounds) makes it highly agile in road-going applications as well as the
occasional off-road venture, where size and manageability are paramount.
The engine skid plate sits 210mm (8.2-inches) from the ground, providing
ample clearance for getting over obstacles in its path. The high-strength,
lightweight twin-spar chassis provides substantial rigidity and exceptional
stability. The suspension and steering geometry are suited in equal measure
to handle the full gamut of conditions whether navigating paved bends in the
road at severe lean angles or absorbing ruts while traversing gravel fire
roads. Hefty 50mm Marzocchi front forks and a single Boge rear shock are
fully adjustable to suit specific riding situations and provide a plush
ride. Classic spoke wheels with Ber rims are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion
A Moto Guzzi tradition, the Stelvio is laden with the finest components
available. Industry-leading Brembo calipers and rotors provide superior
braking performance. Massive dual 320mm floating front discs are mated to
radial-mounted 4-piston calipers for optimum braking, while a single 282mm
disc and 2-piston caliper handles braking at the rear.
The stylish, compact windshield is fully adjustable, providing aerodynamic
protection while blending with the top fairing (in perfectly aligned seams)
that embraces a powerful dual headlight and rider-friendly, easy-to-read
dash with white-faced tachometer and digital speedometer, as well as fuel
level with average and current fuel consumption rates-essential elements for
Accentuating its long-distance appeal and Convenience the Stelvio offers a
tank mounted storage compartment which can be accessed while wearing
gloves-a practical and innovative place to store your cell phone,
sunglasses, or other items you want easy access to.
The seat conveniently adjusts between 840mm (33.07-inches) and 820mm
(32.28-inches), allowing the rider to tailor the Stelvio to accommodate his
needs for maximum comfort. To further improve rider comfort the Stelvio has
a narrow fuel tank shaped to provide riders more freedom to move around
while still holding 4.75 gallons, including 1.1 gallons in reserve.
Optional 60-liter volume panniers provide ample room for rider and passenger
belongings, whether they choose to embark on a weekend getaway or far away
travel. From back roads and Interstate, to winding canyons and city
commutes, to gravel roads and challenging dirt routes, the Moto Guzzi
Stelvio 4V tackles a wide range of riding possibilities with equal aplomb.
Accessorizing the Newest Moto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi offers a range of accessories, from additional tank pannier bag
(for increased luggage capacity) to a stylish, functional engine protection
kit, navigation kit, additional lighting and heated hand grips, to name just
a few. The Stelvio owner can outfit their machine to specific needs and
applications with a wide variety of personalizing options. The Moto Guzzi
Stelvio 1200 4V is available in two colors, Corsa Red and Guzzi Black.
In dealerships now, the new Stelvio 1200 4V is priced at $14,990.