EICMA, the Italian acronym for what translates as the International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition, is the world’s largest motorcycle show, and it’s happening right now in Milan, where a number of beautiful machines have already debuted. None, though, have captured our attention quite like the rejuvenated Moto Guzzi Stelvio. If the moniker sounds familiar, it should, as it’s named after one of the finest riding and driving roads in the world, Italy’s Stelvio Pass, raising expectations for the model from the get-go.
Moto Guzzi’s Stelvio was designed to take on BMW’s R 1150 GS, and was a mainstay in the brand’s lineup from its introduction in 2007 through to 2017, when it was dropped unceremoniously from dealer floors as Moto Guzzi began revamping its two-wheel portfolio. Eight years later, the Stelvio returns and uses much of the tech found in the pleasantly surprising Moto Guzzi V100 S Mandello that we tested in Northern Italy’s Mandello Del Lario in 2021.
Moto Guzzi employs the same 1,042 cc, liquid-cooled 90-degree transverse short-block V-twin as the Mandello. The result is a claimed 115 hp at 8,700 rpm, and 77 foot pounds of torque at 6,750 rpm. Those figures won’t worry riders of KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure or BMW’s new R 1300 GS, but they do represent a 10 hp increase over the last Moto Guzzi to wear the Stelvio badge in 2017.
The 2024 Stelvio hasn’t plagiarized the Mandello’s chassis, but instead comes with its own steel-trellis design that uses the motor as a stressed member. And the cardan shaft drive that premiered on the Mandello has been beefed up for off-road usage, with Moto Guzzi claiming a 20 percent increase in rigidity. Electronically adjustable Sachs front suspension and a slanted KYB shock comprise the suspension, with both ends offering 6.7 inches of ground clearance.
Things start to get pretty tech-heavy once you delve into the electronics of the new Stelvio, which makes the old iteration look almost prehistoric. The laundry list includes a Marelli 11 MP six-axis IMU, cornering traction control and four-level ABS, and five riding modes—Tour, Rain, Street, Sport, and Off-Road. Also present are front- and rear-facing radar with adaptive cruise control, front-collision warning (that just came out on the new BMW R 1300 GS), blind-spot monitoring, and lane-change-assist functions.
Completing the picture, LED lighting—front and back—is subtle yet good looking, a far cry from the bug-eyed style that adorned the previous generation of Stelvio. The new bike will come in Giallo Savana (yellow) and Nero Vulcano (black) colorways, and both bikes are available with or without PFF Rider Assistance Solution, touted by Moto Guzzi as using 4-D imaging radar technology.”
The 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio is priced at $16,390, quite competitive compared to most high-horsepower sport touring/adventure models. We will find out if the Stelvio can live up to its illustrious name after we test it at the world launch scheduled for early 2024. If it performs as good as it looks, this could be one of the surprise packages of the year.
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