The 2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio comes in the 1200 NTX ABS model. The Stelvio has been in production since 2008. It became more popular in 2011 after improvements in styling, weather protection, and fuel capacity.
Named after the famous Alpine pass that connects Valtelline Valley to Vinschgau Valley with 84 amazing s-bends between them, the Guzzi design team has streamlined the Stelvio by rounding off the fuel tank and integrating it with the lightweight half-fairing. The new half-fairing improves wind protection and flows seamlessly into the twin headlight assembly. The latter feature is a distinctive element of the Stelvio design, and the only detail inherited from the previous version. The front fairing, windscreen, and the half-fairing with integrated turn signals are all brand new elements that together give the front-end of the Stelvio a cutting-edge look. This touring bike uses the V-shaped 90 degree transverse twin-cylinder, four-valve engine, the highest performer among all the families of engines manufactured at Mandello del Lario. The brand new integrated ignition and injection ECU now exploits the signals sent by the two lambda probes to guarantee adequate feeding throughout the entire combustion cycle, improving response to the throttle control, low-to-mid-range power delivery further to consumptions and emissions. The ECU also includes the ATC system to prevent sliding: this system controls ignition advance and injection to cut torque delivery whenever a sudden loss of grip is detected so as to help the rider to remain in control under extreme, unexpected conditions. The system can be deactivated, just like ABS. The engine now boasts a maximum torque of over 83 foot-pounds delivered at 5800 rpm and reaches a peak 105 horsepower at 7250 rpm.
The NTX features more protection for the motor and the rider. Aluminum crash bars protect the oil sump, engine, and cylinder heads. While hand-guards and the extra large windshield with additional wind deflectors offer more protection and comfort for the rider. A bike dedicated to long haul travelers natUrally needs luggage space, hence the spacious aluminum panniers and additional halogen lights. There is a new upper twin spar frame, made of high-strength steel, with 2.5mm thick directional tubes, where the engine is anchored through six connecting points, two more than in usual frames, which give high rigidity to the assembly.