Motorcycles

All-day comfort. Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX update

All-day comfort.  That’s what touring riders want – no, demand – in a motorcycle. For 2012, Moto Guzzi proudly says the Stelvio’s saddle has been improved with additional padding.  That’s true, but it also adds seat height. I’ve seen various ‘testers’ on YouTube saying the new 2012 Stelvio NTX has […]

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Loaded for Bear – packing for motorcycle touring

  I’m packed and ready to go. At first glance, my 2012 Moto Guzzi looks just like any other Stevlio 1200 NTX – a rugged, beautifully sculpted,  piece of industrial art.  But it’s loaded for bear. The pair of 37-litre SW Motech ‘Trax’ aluminum panniers are packed solid.  And I’ve […]

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Aerostich Combat Lite Boots

Aerostich Combat Lite Boots

I bought these boots when I visited Aerostich’s retail outlet in Duluth, MN in 2010 and have now worn them for two years.  And they’ve just broken in.  No, really. The Combat Touring Lite boots are made by Italian manufacturer SIDI and are inspired by old school, heavy duty motocross […]

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Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Pleeeeease!  Take my money.  Whatever it costs!  Pleeeeeease! I was whining like a 4-year-old begging mommy for a Mars bar at the supermarket. The accessories folks at my BMW dealership simply said, ‘sorry, no can do.  We’re out of stock.’ I was trying, to replace the BMW GS Rallye gloves […]

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Update. 2012 Stelvio NTX’s gas mileage is improving

Most motorcyclists don’t give a hoot about fuel consumption.  But I grew up with a father who has religiously recorded every single gallon and litre of fuel and calculated the fuel consumption for every fill up on every single car he’s owned. My 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 has […]

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Long term review – BMW GS Rallye glove

Long term review – BMW GS Rallye glove

I think I paid $105 CDN for these BMW GS Rallye gloves way back in 2004.  I choked when I handed over my Visa card for these.  I have NEVER laid out so much money for a pair of gloves before.  But I was desperate. I was scheduled to depart […]

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Tractors and Elephants

Tractors and Elephants

The Guzzi’s big 1151 c.c. 90-degree V-twin is thumping gloriously beneath  me.  The new Stelvio is effortlessly propelling me northbound on Alberta Hwy. 44 to Slave Lake.  It’s the first big highway trip with the new bike and I imagine this is what it’s like to enter into an arranged […]

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2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – the first 1500 km

  I’ve racked up the requisite 1500 km over the past few days that Guzzi wants for the first scheduled service to be done. The Stelvio NTX is proving to be a big, beefy motorcycle with tons of character.  The big Italian adventure bike elicited a ‘thumbs up’ from a […]

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Photon Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

Photon Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

Cruise control is a major feature sorely missing on the new 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX.  Triumph has brilliantly trumped even the mighty BMW R1200GS in this regard by equipping the new 2012 Tiger Explorer with electronic cruise control as standard equipment. We poor Stelvio owners are among the many […]

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2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio – First impressions

2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio – First impressions

The Stelvio NTX is big ‘n tall.  And heavy.  The spec sheets says it weighs in at a beastly 698 lb. curb weight, and right now, while I’m getting my ‘sea legs’ with the new Italian adventure bike, you couldn’t offer me a weekend with Charlize Theron to take this […]

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