I've managed to make it back from the Arizona Back Country Discovery Route (AZBDR) and thought I'd share my experiences riding a new 2016 Stelvio.First off, the beginning of the AZBDR is about 840 miles from where I live, and I wanted a more aggressive tire setup, so tire choice was important. I went with the Shinko 804/805 combo and couldn't be happier. Day one I ended up in Gila Bend AZ about 610 miles from the house. Nothing but freeway and 70-80 mph the whole way. Day two saw me to the start of the AZBDR at the Coronado National Monument around noon. Figuring the first couple sections were going to be fairly easy I headed off. With the exception of one sand area it really was. I ended up in Benson AZ for the night after getting a lot of information on where to run the tire pressures and developing a feel for the bike loaded in the dirt. Day three is where it began to get a bit more interesting. Benson to Globe, then Globe to Young. The day started with graded dirt roads then slowly began to narrow with less and less maintenance. A number of water crossings, though nothing to write home about. After you get past Globe and head to Young you begin to climb up in to the forests heading for the Mogollon rim which marks the edge of the Colorado Plateau. The last 15 or so miles into Young is where it began to get entertaining. The road narrows, begins to ascend to the top of the plateau and is complete rocks. Starting with small manageable rocks to those the size of grapefruit and larger. This section alone took me nearly two hours. Plenty of remote camping opportunities around Young, so I called it a day after nearly 10 hours in the saddle. Day four, Young to Winona. The day started off well until I had to divert due to a controlled burn conducted by ADF. This shortened the off road portion of the ride but also in theory would shorten my day in the saddle. NOT!! After picking up the route by Clint's Well, I was in store for another round of "rock adventures". However after a few hours things started to develop into a pretty nice ride through the forests and into Winona. Day five would have me riding through the Navajo reservation and in and around the Vermilion cliffs before crossing the boarder into Utah for the end of the ride.You must have a permit to ride in the Navajo Reservation back county. You can obtain one at the Visitor Center in Cameron for $12, cash. I really enjoyed the ride through the "Nation". beautiful scenery and what people I met were friendly and helpful. The last portion of the ride was uneventful with lots of photo opportunities and spectacular scenery. I ended finishing the AZBDR the afternoon of the fifth day, or really four days of riding the route. So now the summary: When I left the house the bike had 1498 miles on it. It now has 3856. I figure that I spent about 710 miles off road to complete the AZBDR. I spent a fair amount of time going over fasteners and the like in preparation for the ride. Nothing more than I would do on any other bike I have taken. I carried between 60-65 lbs of gear (depending on how much water I had on-board) Remote camped 3 nights and camped in campgrounds 2. I did stay in a Motel on the ride home, I know, LOSER! I ran the Shinko 804/805 tires and at the conclusion of the ride I still have not hit the 50% wear bar. The tires I would highly recommend if this is the type of riding you are interested in. Good pavement life and off road performance is quite good. Of course I only seemed to ride in rocks... For the bike? I could not be happier. Not one single issue, none, reliable as an anvil. Yes she's a heavy girl, but she's light on her feet and does anything you ask. The bike was everything I hoped it would be after coming off a KTM 990 and 50,000 miles. Much better on the freeway, 80 mph all day long no worries. Noticeably lower center of gravity, which equates into easier manageability when herding around 600+ lbs out in the boonies. No cylinders sticking out to hook your ankles...well you get the idea. So there you have it. With almost 4,000 mile on the clock I figure I could write intelligently about the bike. They were right. Ride one 20 miles, you will never own one, ride one 200 miles and you will never sell it. Don't be afraid to take her out in the dirt. No, it's not a "dirt bike", it's Moto Guzzi's entry in to the "adventure bike" market. Ride it as an adventure bike, compare it to other adventure bikes and you'll see, it's a damn good mount that has no bad habits, a reasonable price point and the reliability of well, and anvil. I spent days looking for known issues with the NTX, worst I could find that was repeatable was the driving lights. I can't say as much for most of the other entries in the "adventure" market. Long post, hope you enjoy. Last thing. IDBDR in September, anybody want to go?