DEAD! Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX and Aprilia CapoNord quietly axed by Piaggio

The rare and mechanically handsome Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX ceases production, as does corporate cousin Aprilia Capo Nord

The rare and mechanically handsome Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX ceases production, as does corporate cousin Aprilia CapoNord

Sad news for lovers of the Italian super trailies from Moto Guzzi and Aprilia.

 Cycle World magazine is reporting that Italian mega corporation Piaggio, manufacturer of Moto Guzzi and Aprilia motorcycles, has quietly killed off the Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX and Aprilia CapoNord 1200.

The reason given was that upgrading the two bikes engines to meet Euro 4 emission standards was too expensive given the volume of sales for the two bikes.

Regular CarAndRider.com readers will know that a 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX was my bike of choice from 2012-2014, and while the bike had it’s quirks, it was one of my favourite bikes, ever.

The Stelvio NTX was a model of mechanical purity, boasting a (relatively) simple air-cooled 1200cc V-twin with shaft-drive.  With a tanker-size 32-litre fuel tank and a surprisingly comfortable OEM saddle and very good weather protection, the Stelvio was a fine adventure-tourer for long distance riding.

The Stelvio’s corporate cousin, the Aprilia CapoNord was at the other end of the adventure-touring spectrum, really more of a sport-touring bike, possessing sexy, Italian (of course) good looks and advanced technology like semi-active electronic suspension and a smooth, powerful, 125 horsepower liquid-cooled V-twin engine.

Piaggio spokespersons claim there will be some kind of replacement for these desirable and rare Italian motorcycles at some point, but no timelines were given.

The motorcycle world is a poorer place without these two Italian motorcycles.

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