‘A great alternative to the obvious choices’
“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