Love, art and religion are three aspects of life in which we freely abandon rational thinking.

We don’t use spreadsheets and cost-benefit analysis to choose our lovers, decide whether Monet is better than Andy Warhol, and I’m not touching religion with a ten-foot pole.

It’s been said there’s a fine line between a hobby and mental illness, and motorcyclists know when they’ve been smitten.  We become obsessive, scouring Internet endlessly for every factoid, road test review, and owners’ group forum for every iota of information that will add to our repository of trivia about the motorcycle that we’re currently enamored with.

My latest obsession has been the Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX.

I’ve owned two Moto Guzzis previously, a 1984 850 Le Mans III and a 1974 850T3. 

The root word of motorcycle is ‘motor’ and it’s Moto Guzzi’s big, thumping air-cooled 90-degree V-twin engines that have always stuck me as being ‘special.’  They shake at certain rpms, yet make you feel like The King when riding one.  Why?  There’s something awesome about riding a machine with an engine that sounds like a small-block Ford V-8. 

So, my well-loved Honda Gold Wing has been replaced by a new 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX.

I’ll post riding impressions of the new Guzzi soon.

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