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  1. ...and therefore, all the 2003 models had the most common, dual-plate clutches.
  2. Dual-Sport and Adventure bikes are not in the same class. The old XT, along with similar vintage bikes from other manufacturers at the time, was really just a big dirt bike with a license plate that lets dirt-oriented riders ride into town for gas and lunch, or ride on the road to connect sections of trail, or avoid truck/trailer and just ride out from home. But Adventure bikes, like the new Stelvio, give you the capacity, like the family SUV, to take another person and a lot of stuff. Having both a big dual-sport and an ADV bike, they clearly serve different purposes. IMO, this is proper use of an Adventure Bike (my Stelvio NTX): Load with camping gear and stuff for work in another city. Take a few dirt roads on the way to distant points. And here's how I view the proper use of a Dual Sport (my Husqvarna 701 Enduro): ride the street to the trail, then find out where this creek goes. The 701 would have been torture on the above long-haul trip, and I would have torched the tires. The Stelvio will never see anything like that snow-covered creek bed, at least not with me riding it. I'm glad Moto Guzzi brought the Stelvio name back. Now that they did, every motorcycle reviewer will have to form an opinion about how it compares to the like of various displacement GS models, Africa Twin, Desert X, or Norden. Form what I can see so far, it seems closest to the Africa Twin. And I hope Moto Guzzi sell enough of them that they can afford to make a new LeMans based on the V100 platform.
  3. The big GS is a remarkable motorcycle. I've ridden a few and I do like them, but not as much as my 2017 Stelvio NTX. I routinely go grocery shopping with the Stelvio... which means 40 minutes of twisty roads to the orchards in Pauma Valley. And return with a 25 pound bag of oranges (love my fresh-squeezed OJ) and whatever else is in season. I suspect this new Stelvio is the base model, and that there will some variants, such as another NTX with more aggressive tires, skid plate (look at that vulnerable exhaust) and all the crash bars. A big ADV bike is nice for dirt roads that you'd rather not ride a sport bike on - where there is a bit more risk of losing traction and kissing the ground. They are great for exploring past the "pavement ends" signs, but not great for technical terrain.
  4. So far, this site is the extent of my "marketing." I never used BaT before, but have definitely lurked a bit. I'd probably need to give a couple days labor to freshen it up and hopefully fix that startus interruptus first. I do like the bike... but if I do that, I'd probably want to enjoy it for another season or two.
  5. Chuck - you've ridden with this bike out of Lake Henshaw. Pete - I bet you could hate it more if it had been chopped into a cafe racer. And just thinking... also in with the spare parts, there is: a very nice condition instrument cover (a big rubber pod), the original belly pan (but no bracket, else I would have it on the bike already) an original seat cover (worn, but could be used to get a copy made). It has the with funky 80's LeMans script like in the magazine ad. But seriously, what is that font called? Marshmallow Italic? And to anyone who feel like this bike would be a restoration candidate: there is a fair bit of wear on the paint from 50K miles, including some rub-throughs. But I know where a set of NOS bodywork is - in that same paint scheme. I had briefly contemplated a full restoration of this bike.
  6. ^ that is all correct. It's a very nice handling bike. Although it might want a new rear tire in a couple thousand miles.
  7. 50,000 miles, mostly original with "patina" aka normal wear for a properly used survivor. I bought this a few years ago from a Wild Guzzi member. Totally enjoy the bike, but just making difficult decisions as another dirt bike is on the way. Here are the most interesting modifications: Electronic ignition Full Zard exhaust Caruso timing gears Upgraded forks and shocks (but older upgrades) A partial list of spare parts: Full exhaust (I think staintune) with a two dents Original black silencers (which I think are highly collectible and virtually unobtainable) Lots of original bits and spares What it needs: It's due for a full service (all fluids and valve check, etc.) Some attention to the starting circuit (it has never failed to start, but sometimes takes a few dead-clicks before it cranks. FYI, I have a remote start button that was previously on the this bike and I assume can be easily refitted). There are some rattly bits such as turn signals and unorthodox fairing mounts that could use some love. Pricing: This is a hard bike to value. Somebody (I forgot who) claimed there were only about 75 made in this color scheme - but all Guzzis are rare, right? As of now, I am thinking in the 5,000-6,000 (USD) range with the high-end including all the extra parts. Happy to discuss the bike at length, and with full disclosure to anyone who is serious about it.
  8. +1 - and the Stelvio NTX is a great bike. It's getting the most use from my stable, and I have a new suspension all staged to install (hopefully will make some progress on that this weekend).
  9. Had an R100CS and an R1100RT and a K75S (owned in that order). Personally, I've always admired the R100RS models, but never ridden one. The 1000 cc airheads are nice competent bikes, and there are some lovely, well-preserved RS models that pop up from time to time. But in general, I'm with Chuck on this. IMO the best windscreen are either tiny things that look cool and keep the airflow under your helmet - or enormous sails that give you a full-body wind pocket that goes over the helmet. FWIW - I'm a big fan of the Stelvio windshield with an extra lip and thinking I should just buy the bigger windscreen for it and admit that it is a touring bike, not a 600 pound dirt bike.
  10. I've rented bikes several times in Hawaii. Most recently an Africa Twin on Maui - up Haleakala and circumnavigated the island. The Road to Hana is a treat if you can catch it without traffic. And as for fog (aka dew)... that can be scary. I recall descending the East Grade of Mount Palomar into near zero visibility fog. My visor and prescription glasses fogged up - that's four surfaces. Had to ride slowly with nearsightedness and no eye protection till it cleared. That was the day I decided to get laser eye surgery. Haven't looked back since (pun intended).
  11. It's been a while since I did that work, but I do recall getting the input hub with the RAM kit, comparing it to the input hub already on the Scura, determining that they were identical, leaving the hub on the Scura, and then tucking the spare hub away as a spare in case the original ever wears out.
  12. Agreed that is an impressive and interesting project. At first glance, I liked the styling, but on closer look I don't care for the pairing of the angular, faceted tail section with flowing, organic fairing. Personally, for the expense and effort of this project, I'd prefer to have retained the original Sport and the original Griso (but with aftermarket exhaust).
  13. That's a helluva good deal for someone with basic mechanical skills who is willing to give a freshening. You could probably even drop it off at a shop and get it back ready-to-rip for a small fee.
  14. On that same link, if you scroll down you'll see the EBC rotors. I used a pair of those once, and was happy with them. But keeping the brakes all original with Brembo parts would be the surest bet (but not likely to be the least expensive).
  15. MotoBob: "I've also got Tim with me today who is a serial Moto Guzzi owner. How many have you had now? Tim: "Three" MotoBob: "Ahh... fair enough." Actual MotoGuzzi serial owner: "I have more that in the garage right now, and I'd really have to stop and think about how many total. Let's see... my first one was..." However, a nice review. And to be fair, guest reviewer Tim is a young man who has already had three Moto Guzzis. It's great to see that Moto Guzzi is really captivating some younger riders. The S model with Ohlins seems like it would be the way to go. And I imagine a Mistral or Zard can would make it sound lovely.
  16. I've looked at these pictures several times, with awe at how realistic they are. Then I noticed that a timing belt has been installed over toothed sprockets, which would last, oh, about 30 seconds. I hope he notices this and gets a set of gears from Joe Caruso before he finishes the rebuild.
  17. For moment, I forgot I was looking at scale models, instead of full-size motorcycles. Then, as I was scrolling through the pictures, I saw the hand of god, the creator.
  18. I run 34 / 38 PSI, which is 2.35 / 2.62 Bar. Tires are 120/70 and 180/55. This is solo riding, no luggage, flogged mercilessly on mountain ascents and empty back-roads, but ridden with a modicum of respect for traffic laws elsewhere.
  19. hahaha... video quote "you paid for the whole tachometer, so use the whole tachometer."
  20. There is a sobering photo here - go to April 1, 2018 to see how Paul's flywheel shattered and took out the engine and transmission cases.
  21. I have been enjoying my 1989 Moto Guzzi Lemans 1000. It was the last of the Tonti-framed LeMans. It is raw, elemental, and low-tech. This version of the LeMans is also affordable - not having achieved the collector status of the original LeMans. To get 40 years old, you'd need to back a few revisions in the LeMans series.
  22. That is very close to the way Singapore laws have been in force for at least the last 20 years. And on the subject of tuning and cans... I agree with the idea of just putting whatever exhaust you prefer (due to weight, looks, and sound) and then do the basic tune-up with the stock map. After that, you can play with other maps if you are so inclined.
  23. The metal "intake pipe" is not totally smooth, there are some ridges. And the Rubber boot has matching features inside, so it does seat. In addition to what Docc said about tuning, it's worth inspecting the system for other air leaks - both the boots and the vacuum hoses that attach to the intake port. And since one boot is already off, why not do a quick clean on the throttle bodies?
  24. I like my wines like my motorcycles... bold, full-bodied, dark, intense, Italian. Suggested pairing: Moto Guzzi Nero Corsa, followed by a fine (aka artisan) Montepulciano. In case you've never heard of it... "Montepulciano is the 2nd most planted red grape in Italy (after Sangiovese) and has had a reputation for low-priced juicy “pizza-friendly” red wines. Fortunately, there are several producers in Abruzzo that have shown the amazing potential of this grape by producing inky, black-fruit driven, chocolatey wines best enjoyed after 4 or more years of aging. Medium-bodied red wines like Montepulciano generally pair with a wide variety of foods due to natural elevated acidity. However, with Montepulciano, the robust herbal and tobacco-like flavors with grippy tannin often call for richer and more savory foods. Montepulciano will cut through some of the meatiest meats (like beef brisket) and pair nicely alongside rich, roasted winter vegetables. If you learn only one tip about pairing with Montepulciano, it is to match it with something with substance (fat)." source: https://winefolly.com/deep-dive/montepulciano-wine-guide/
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