25 April 2024

Pass notes from Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi Stelvio

With the sun finally deciding to peek it’s little yellow head out, it’s time to start plotting some summer adventures.

Among Paul Browne’s contenders for a seasonal companion is the latest iteration of Moto Guzzi’s iconic dual-sport, super-stylish Stelvio.


Northern Italy’s Stelvio Pass is one of the world’s most iconic mountain pass roads.

It’s a road that has to be ridden.

It winds its way down the mountainside, presenting the rider with no fewer than 48 bends.

Now, MotoGuzzi, a motorcycle brand long associated with a range of bikes named after the legendary pass, have delivered the first of the new 2024 Stelvio machines.

Classic Italian

The design is classic Italian with a transverse mounted V-Twin engine and a pair of exhaust heads that ‘pour’ from either side of the block rather than from the front.

The shape of the bike is unmistakably a Stelvio.

It’s available in vibrant ‘Giallo Savana’ yellow on grey or stylish matt black ‘Nero Vulcano’ finishes, with Moto Guzzi’s unique logo proudly announced on the tank beneath the ‘Stelvio’ splash which follows its lines to perfection.

The 115 bhp, 1,042cc, engine sits mounted in the tubular steel frame where it looks and sounds like an Italian classic should.

The pillion seat is followed by a luggage rack which shades the rear light cluster. Only the Italians could show such attention to detail when it comes to design.

Play time

Moto Guzzi StelvioUp the front the forks are fully adjustable, making it easier and more comfortable to carry a pillion passenger.

Hand guards, a short, yet effective, electronically adjustable screen, a wide headlamp and neat indicators all sit above a broad-shouldered radiator cover, over the front silhouette of that iconic engine.

Behind the screen there’s a lot to play with.

Standard cornering ABS, as well as traction control, come with five riding modes including one for riding off-road. All are selectable from the left hand switch gear and shown on a colour TFT.

A phone can be connected via Bluetooth to the bike with the info displayed.

Light fantastic

The indicators, tail and head lamps are all LED units, with the front one having that cool ‘bending lights’ thing that allows the bike to ‘look’ into the corner that it’s leaning into.

Everything sits on a pair of spoked wheels with their black rims. These have a distinct off-road bias and style, with the front being a 19” and the rear a 17”. The breaking system is by Brembo.

With a seat height of 830mm and a significant range with a 21 litre capacity it’s more than enough to take a touring holiday on.

Prices start at €18,995.

For more info, give the team at Megabikes a call on 01 4784200.

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