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  1. Mooney78865

    Riding the AZBDR on a 2016 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

    You didn’t! It’s an apples an oranges thing. Most folks get it.
  2. Mooney78865

    ADV Route/ Big Bike Friendly?

    Perhaps you should look into the Back Country Discovery routes? I've done the CO, ID, AZ, and UT routes and while some are easier than others there will be days on all of them that will challenge you. All of these BDR's will have in excess of 700 miles off the pavement. Adventure bikes in my opinion are just that, dual sports are smaller, lighter and more capable than a loaded "adventure" bike. But, a loaded adventure bike will run down the freeway at 80mph for two days to get to the start of a multi day off road excursion, do the ride, then run 80 mph all day long to get you home. Both will put a grin on your face.
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    Post your XL offroad photos

    A couple of pics of something a little more obscure than the Honda, BMW, KTMs...
  4. Mooney78865

    Riding the AZBDR on a 2016 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

    I haven't had any issues with the bike at all. The clutch seems to be built proof. I have had mine so hot it smelled like an 18 wheeler coming down Donner Summit riding the brakes! The only thing that I noticed doing the COBDR was the rear brakes seemed to take more lever when I was above 10,000 feet or so. Other wise, the NTX has been absolutely as reliable as an anvil. Never an issue. You are correct, it is an Adventure bike, big, heavy and not as capable as a dual sport. Although I don't know to many dual sports that will run down the freeway at 80+ mph loaded. Each has their purpose. As for the duffel I use on the back, it's a bag offered from KTM, pretty much like a Wolfman...
  5. Mooney78865

    Riding the AZBDR on a 2016 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

    I have! I did the COBDR the first week of September. Rain everyday! Here is a link to the ride report. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/riding-the-cobdr-on-the-anvil.1254375/
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    IDBDR Ride report 2016 Stelvio NTX

    Excellent! My then girlfriend's, Aunt's husband was the Asst chief of police in Rome. He always had a "must see" ride, and Maranello was one. Funny thing though I remember him hating on Lamborghini! He really thought Lamborghini was the anti Christ! Damnedest thing. I truly enjoyed my time there. Great people, fantastic country. I lived in a little flat a couple blocks from the Colosseum and would ride to work on the 207 through Aprilia and on to Anzio. I spent a lot of afternoons (Siesta) at the "International campground" around the corner from the shop I worked at.
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    IDBDR Ride report 2016 Stelvio NTX

    It really is a fantastic bike. In 5 months I have put nearly 10,000 miles, 3,000 off road, and not a single issue, none. Unfortunately the Stelvio NTX and Moto Guzzi as a brand do not get much love here in the states. No worries though! It's gratifying when people come up and say " I didn't know Moto Guzzi still made motorcycles" Or better yet, "I've never heard of Moto Guzzi" And besides, owning a bike where you can't by Tee Shirts at Wall-Mart, has a very small dealer network, and only 3-4 factory accessories, capitalizes the A in Adventure, Right? Where in Italy are you? I lived in Rome for about 18 months in the mid 70's. I saw a lot of Italy, as well as Europe as a whole on a Suzuki GT750 (Water Buffalo).
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    Riding the AZBDR on a 2016 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

    So I have completed the IDBDR and am planning for next year. I have ordered the COBDR map as well as NMBDR. Right now my heart has me leaning towards the COBDR. To date I have the ID, UT, and AZBDR's under my belt. My fave? Utah, hands down. Don't know if it's because it was my first BDR or just the scenery. I've done it twice, south to north and north to south. They say Colorado rivals it so we'll see. Looking to go in late June or early July depending on snow pack. It will make the drive out a real scorcher though....
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    IDBDR Ride report 2016 Stelvio NTX

    I agree that Alaska has magnificent attraction. I really want to do it at some point but figure if I'm going to do that many miles in the saddle, I would want to go somewhere less traveled. At least from a west coast perspective. I have never ridden or for that matter, been to the east coast other than on business. I would really enjoy the opportunity to ride northern New England, Nova Scotia, ETC. Oddly enough, mileage would be about the same...
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    IDBDR Ride report 2016 Stelvio NTX

    I have actually thought about riding Labrador/New Foundland in place of riding to Alaska. I haven't done any riding back east and have a desire to see the eastern sea board. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    IDBDR Ride report 2016 Stelvio NTX

    As some of you know, I did the Arizona back country discover route with my then new 2016 Stelvio NTX and followed it up with a ride report. I have just finished doing the Idaho back country discover route and thought I would do a similar write up. So here goes.... Left the house Friday morning at 0 dark thirty for the 700 mile, 12 hour ride to Jarbidge NV. Other than having to pay $20.00 to go through Yosemite and dealing with the usual RIF RAF of tourists, it was an uneventful ride. The last 50-60 miles to Jarbridge was dirt road,and well maintained. We spent the night just outside of Jarbridge at one of the many primitive camp locations we would find along our whole route of travel. Day two had us heading for Glens Ferry and on up to Pine, 175 miles in the dirt. Here is where things began to get interesting. We knew that there were closures due to the Pioneer fire and had a "work around" that would see us to Lowman and then on to Yellow Pine on day three, but things had changed. After exhausting what routes seemed reliable we ended up stopping and spending the night about 20 miles from Lowman on our way to Hwy 21 and a new work around to Lowman. We did however get to the 50" bridge (it's in the video trailer) and saw that some dork had tried to "wheel" his hoop dee across the river and had to abandon it. Would have loved that conversation! Unfortunately there was no work around for Lowman then to Yellow Pine. The drive into Yellow Pine was miserable. Rain, cold, (34 deg) sloppy dirt due to logging and what not. What should have been an easy 3 hour ride ended up taking nearly 8. We had dinner at the Outdoor Inn courtesy of Matt, Heather and their little girl Scotty. They are a young couple who had just purchased the restaurant a few month before and did a bang up job! We spent the night a few blocks down the street at the "camp ground" (meaning there were pit toilets). Getting up the next morning the temp gauge on the Guzzi was showing a snowflake and 26 degrees! Damn, cold at elevation! It had rained that night so we were off for another day slipping and sliding! Oddly enough, we traveled a few miles and everything dried out! Didn't warm up, but the roads were dry. Again we were faced with road closures due to fire. What should have been Yellow Pine to Elk City. ended up being Yellow Pine to hwy 12 and into Pierce. We did manage to make it to Burgdorf hot springs for a look around, and a bit of $7/gal gas. Day 5 had us riding from Pierce to Wallace and probably some of the best riding so far. Great views of the Salmon river, Here we would have the biggest scare of the ride. Some how, on the way to Blue Heaven Cabin we became separated. There is no cell service, and shame on us, we didn't think to have a plan if we got separated. I spent about two hours riding up and down a 1/2 mile two track trail with multiple turn offs, beeping my horn, stopping and listening, trying to locate my partner. No luck. Just as dusk was falling I spotted a piece of paper left on a bush saying he was going back to Pierce for the night and would take pavement to Wallace in the morning. Thank GOD!! Still, a very long and lonely night! It is amazing how much comfort there is just having a companion in a tent a few yards away. And there are bears in these woods! Day 6 was an uneventful ride from Wallace to Clark Fork. From there it was a mixture of pavement and dirt to the border crossing at Porthill. So now the summary: I mounted an new rear tire, as the previous Shinko 805 had about 5k on it and I didn't want to be worrying about it on this trip. The front is the original from the AZBDR. In the end, we ended up doing about 3500 miles total, about 1100 off road. It should have been more but fires, logging, well there you go. The bike performed flawlessly, not one issue, none. It amazes me how easy it is to play with. I find myself running around with the ATC off, spinning up the rear and "throttle steering" more than I should though! As I said before, the bike is as reliable as an anvil. My buddies KLR was pretty good, but lost headlights, and tail lights, and managed to break a bracket for his panniers on the ride home. It is amazing how many people come up and looked at the bike. "your doing what?, with that?" It's also amazing how many people we came across doing the same ride. At least a dozen, most only doing portions of the whole route, and most going north to south. Did see a lot of BMW GSA's. None on the dirt though.... In the end we spent 10 days doing the whole ride. We camped everyday and "ate out" a total of three times. Got rained on one day and one night, froze our butts off more than once (love heated liners) saw some amazing scenery and the occasional wildlife. The riding it's self is actually quite easy. The hardest thing is the amount. It never seemed to stop. Always coming at you with "another" 200 miles. I have now got about 10,000 miles on her in about 5 months and about 3000 miles of that off road with zero issues. I don't abuse her, but I don't pamper her either. She is completely stock with only factory accessories. (Bambi basher and heated grips) I still love the way it makes power, and the torque is to die for! She plays well in the dirt and has no problems running all day loaded at 80-90mph. We had started the ride back after reaching the border around noon and spent the night north of Boise, then blasted the second day home. And you can get her cleaned up after a good ride!
  12. Mooney78865

    A little buying help

    According to the Moto Guzzi USA site, it is not listed. Spoke to the dealer they said hasn't been for a couple years.... I suspect the price point wasn't enough to justify having both models...
  13. Totally spaced on the SPOT. Flappy 613 hit it on the head. I've been carrying a SPOT locator for years. I go back and forth on where to mount it, with a RAM mount on the bike, as well as carrying it in my jacket. I can make an argument for either location, but usually leave it on the RAM mount on ADV rides. Oddly, I think of it more of a "broke bike" savior than a "personal" savior. Maybe flawed thinking on my part...
  14. Mooney78865

    How Do I Outfit Myself for Off-Road Riding?

    A Guzzi super store would be awesome! Floor space would be minimal. I believe there are only 3-4 factory accessories for my Stelvio!