otherwise I would not be able to type.
Beautiful day today in Santa Rosa Valley. 75* at 09:30. Decided I needed to go for a ride. Picked up the bike with 5 mile on it. Came home today with 300 on the clock.
Before I begin, I want to go over the negatives, IMO.
1. The bike came with Metzlers. I thought they came with Pirelli Angel GT's
2. Cheesy turn signals
3. No fuel gauge.
But as the honey badger said: "I don't give a shit."
This is the 3rd modern CARC Guzzi I have owned. I had an '06 Breva 1100 with basically the same engine as the G11. Moving up to the Stelvio NTX was a huge move engine wise. However, I must say the G12 engine, by my butt, is a much more refined donk. The engine feels as if it is already run in. I am trying in the run in period to modulate the RPM's. I was doing some country roads and slab. I would try and keep it at a max of 4,500 RPM's, but in 6th on the slab, I would drop down to about 55 MPH (3,000 RPM's) and on it acceleration it pulled like a freight train.
Talking about slabing, not having a fly screen was not a problem. The air around my helmet was quiet. I had a Das Motec fly screen on the Breva, which moved the air around me quite nicely. The stock screen on the Stelvio was fantastic (for me.). However, doing 80 on the 101 with the G, I was quite comfortable.
I have been very fortunate. All 3 Guzzi's were perfect out of the box. No vibration, no low end stumbling, and the suspension worked well for me as well.
For those that followed the turn signal/side mirror debacle in the US, I changed out to the Euro turn signals with the Tuono mirrors. They worked great compared to what was OEM-US. Let me say this, if shaving were legal while driving, I could shave at 2,500 - 4,900 RPM's, Not a shake of the mirrors.
I know I am preaching to the choir, but this bike makes me look for an excuse to go out. Oh honey, is there anything I can get for you at the store. Oh honey, I forgot to buy something. I'll see you in a few hours.
Leafman inspired me to get the Stelvio. Our host, Steak, inspired me to get the big G.