Moto Guzzi may be reviving its Stelvio nameplate for a new model based on the same platform as its soon-to-launch V100 Mandello sports tourer.
A new variant built on Moto Guzzi’s all-new platform, which packages an 84kW/104Nm 1042cc twin-cylinder engine with shaft drive, would most likely take the shape of an adventure tourer (somewhere between sports tourer and adventure bike), with taller suspension, upright bars, increased wind protection and likely a 19-inch front wheel.
This segment is occupied by the likes of the BMW S 1000 XR, Yamaha Tracer 9 GT and Honda NT1100, all of which combine sporty performance components with long-haul ergonomics and comfort features. Models in this category are generally unfit for any serious off-road terrain.
The rumoured bike may make its debut at this year’s EICMA motorcycle show in November, before launching locally sometime after the platform-sharing V100 Mandello sports tourer, which is slated for a spring 2023 arrival.
The V100 platform is highly specified with a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), active aerodynamics, a 5.0-inch TFT dash and optional Ohlins semi-active suspension.
Moto Guzzi could build on this with a larger rider and pillion seat, expansive luggage options, an adjustable windscreen and an increased-capacity fuel tank, among other possibilities.
An adventure tourer model would bridge the gap in the Italian marque’s line-up between the incoming V100 Mandello and its off-road capable V85 TT adventure bike.
The previous Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200, which launched in 2008 before being discontinued in 2016, took the form of a large-capacity dual-sport positioned against the BMW R 1200 GS of the time.
What’s in a name?
The Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio), is a legendary 24km piece of Italian road that lays claim to the title of being the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps. It was laid down in 1820-25 by road builders from the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the remainder of Austria and, the route remains almost identical today.
Its 84 switchback turns, are a challenge to revheads, of both car and motorcycle varieties.
In short, it’s not the place to get it wrong, but that doesn’t stop riders from testing their mettle each and every weekend on its challenging layout. Moto Guzzi has used the area as a ‘test bench’ for many years.
The Stelvio Pass is simply magnificent. If you get the chance, ride it, you’ll never be the same…
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