Moto Guzzi has relaunched its Stelvio adventure model after a seven year absence from the range.
The name, used to honour the famous mountain pass in northern Italy, has been dormant since the classic Italian manufacturer quietly dropped its adventure tourer in 2017. The 2024 Stelvio is a completely new adventure bike, powered by the 1042cc transversely mounted V-twin shared with the V100 Mandello sports tourer.
Pumping out 115bhp at 8700rpm, the Stelvio goes up against the likes of Triumph’s Tiger 900 and the Honda Africa Twin range in the mid-to-large adventure bike sector, with the quirky V85 TT remaining for those looking for a less expensive and more simple Guzzi adventurer.
Spec of the Stelvio looks good, with an electrically adjustable windscreen and Moto Guzzi’s first active cruise control system. The radar activated system not only features the ability to adjust speed based on proximity to other vehicles, but has a blind spot detection system, lane change assist function and a forward collision warning feature. It’s proving to be a popular feature on high end touring machines, and this American developed system is the first to appear on a motorcycle from the Piaggio Group, who also produce Aprilia and Vespa machines.
Much like BMW’s GS range, with its traditional boxer engine configuration, Moto Guzzi’s beloved shaft driven, across the frame, V-twin gives a character very few modern designs can match.
Although the liquid-cooled twin may look old fashioned, it’s packed with loads of modern technology. The six-axis IMU and ride-by-wire throttle system allow for all the latest rider aids to be fitted, with five riding modes, cruise control and cornering ABS as standard, all controlled through the 5” colour TFT dashboard. There’s also an off-road mode, allowing ABS and traction control to be switched off, and the long travel suspension and spoked wheels, combined with the rugged styling, certainly create the impression that Moto Guzzi have developed the bike to go off the beaten track if required. The 19” front wheel is standard adventure bike fare, and there are a whole host of touring orientated accessories available from the factory, including heated seats and a full luggage system.
There’s no word on exactly when the Moto Guzzi Stelvio will be available on these shores, or what price tag it will wear, although expect to be able to see it in showrooms in the early part of 2024.