‘A great al­ter­na­tive to the ob­vi­ous choices’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING - Cris­tian Ingig­noli

“It’s a nice ad­ven­ture bike and it did well. To be hon­est, in re­cent years the most pop­u­lar Guzzi mod­els have been the small­erengined stuff, the V7 and the new V9. But in days and years gone by it was things like the Griso and the Sport 1200 that were pop­u­lar, and the Stelvio was sim­i­lar.

“It’s a good bike. Not as big a seller as a Mul­tistrada or KTM Ad­ven­ture, for ex­am­ple, but a good bike. They’re very nice things and good to ride, too, es­pe­cially the later ones.

“Me­chan­i­cally the only thing to look out for was an early re­call on the en­gine around 2009 for a prob­lem with the cams and tap­pets which also re­curred later on some bikes. From 2012 there was a ‘ fi­nal fix’ where they did a sort of top end con­ver­sion kit, which fixed it for good and although al­most all will have been done it’s still worth check­ing.

“The prob­lem was ex­ces­sive wear on the cams and tap­pets which re­sulted in a very noisy top end rat­tle. It’d get worse and worse and, on in­spec­tion, you’d find valve clear­ances that had gone way out of spec and ad­just­ing them would only solve it for a few hun­dred miles and then the prob­lem would come back be­cause the hard­en­ing on the cams and on the tap­pets would be gone and af­ter that they’d wear very quickly. But the vast ma­jor­ity should have been done. “Chas­sis-wise they’re more ba­sic than ri­val bikes which of­ten have more so­phis­ti­cated, elec­tron­ics­based sys­tems, but the Stelvio is gen­er­ally bul­let­proof. They don’t have many prob­lems, the en­gine is very strong and of course it’s got shaft drive. What’s more, cy­cle parts such as the Brembo brakes are all proven stuff.

“Fin­ish and build-wise the Stelvio’s pretty good. There’s noth­ing I’d flag up to warn any­one about. Own­ers gen­er­ally look af­ter them and they tend to hold on to them for a while.

“It suits ac­ces­sories, as well, with hand guards, en­gine bars and so on, while the later mod­els were all kit­ted out with bags, top boxes and things like that, be­ing of­ten fully ac­ces­sorised to go tour­ing and all of which usu­ally add value.

“Over­all the Stelvio is a great al­ter­na­tive to the more main­stream choices such as the GS and, par­tic­u­larly with shaft drive and nice torque en­gine, it’s a very good buy.”

‘They don’t have many prob­lems, the en­gine is strong and it’s got shaft drive’

Cy­cle parts are good qual­ity but check en­gine re­call work’s been done

In­moto, Guzzi and Pi­ag­gio group spe­cial­ists

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