Moto Guzzi Stelvio: The Return of the Italian Adventure Bike

Moto Guzzi has unveiled its new Stelvio adventure bike, which is based on the V100 Mandello platform that debuted last year. The Stelvio is a modern and versatile motorcycle that combines the iconic transverse V-twin engine with a host of advanced features, including radar-based rider assistance systems. Here are some of the highlights of the 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio.

The heart of the Stelvio is the same 1,042cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin engine that powers the V100 Mandello. This engine, dubbed the “compact block” by Moto Guzzi, has a unique design that rotates the cylinder heads 90 degrees, placing the intake manifolds in the center of the V and the exhaust ports on the outside. This allows for a shorter and more efficient intake tract, a lower center of gravity, and better heat dissipation.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio: The Return of the Italian Adventure Bike
Moto Guzzi Stelvio: The Return of the Italian Adventure Bike

The engine also features four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams, finger followers, and ride-by-wire throttle bodies. The result is a claimed output of 115 hp at 8,700 rpm and 77 lb-ft of torque at 6,750 rpm, with over 80 percent of the peak torque available from 3,500 rpm to 9,500 rpm. The engine is also designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, thanks to a new oiling system that moves the sump outside the crankcase and reduces rotating resistance.

The engine is integrated into the steel-tube frame as a stressed member, with eight mounting points for increased rigidity. The Stelvio also features a cardan shaft drive, which is reinforced for off-road use and has a bevel gear that rests at an 84-degree angle to accommodate larger tires.

A Versatile and Adjustable Chassis

The Stelvio is equipped with a 46 mm Sachs fork and a KYB shock, both adjustable for preload and rebound damping. The suspension offers 6.7 inches of travel at both ends, which is 1.7 inches more than the V100 Mandello. The Stelvio also has a stronger and redesigned front end, with four anchor points instead of two, for better stability and handling.

The Stelvio rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tubeless spoked wheels, shod with Metzeler Tourance Next 2 tires. The braking system consists of dual 320 mm floating discs with radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers at the front, and a single 280 mm disc with a two-piston caliper at the rear. The brakes are linked to a Bosch 10.3 ABS system, which can be adjusted or disabled according to the riding mode.

The Stelvio also features a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, which gives it a claimed range of over 250 miles. The seat height is 33.1 inches, and the curb weight is 542 pounds. The Stelvio has a sleek and aerodynamic design, with an electronically adjustable windscreen, LED headlights and taillights, and a luggage rack. The Stelvio is available in two color options: Giallo Savana (yellow) and Nero Vulcano (black).

A Smart and Connected Motorcycle

The Stelvio boasts a five-inch TFT display, which can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth and the optional Moto Guzzi MIA app. The app allows the rider to access navigation, music, calls, and messages, as well as customize the riding modes and settings. The Stelvio has five riding modes: Sport, Tourism, Street, Off-Road, and Rain. Each mode alters the engine mapping, traction control, engine braking, and ABS intervention, according to the riding conditions and preferences. The rider can also modify each mode or disable the traction control and ABS manually.

The Stelvio also offers the optional Piaggio Fast Forward Rider Assistance Solution, which is a radar-based system that provides four functions: Following Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Information System, and Lane Change Assist. The Following Cruise Control allows the rider to set a desired speed and distance from the vehicle in front, and the system will automatically adjust the throttle and brakes to maintain them. The Forward Collision Warning alerts the rider of a potential collision with the vehicle ahead, and the Blind Spot Information System and Lane Change Assist warn the rider of vehicles in the blind spots or approaching from behind.

The Stelvio is expected to be available in the first part of 2024, and the price has not been announced yet. The Stelvio is a welcome addition to the Moto Guzzi lineup, and a worthy contender in the adventure bike segment.

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