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Title: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: willowstreetguzziguy on January 01, 2015, 09:20:41 AM
After reading the thread on the 250cc CSC Cyclone adventure bike, maybe light weight adventure bikes are the next hottest thing. 

400 lbs and ~$8,000 might be a whole lot easier and fun to handle off-road and on-road than 600 lbs and $16,000 - $20,000.

Yamaha could take their SR400 single , bump it back up to 500cc and use it as the basis for a light weight, simple, adv. bike and sell the extras like saddlebags as accessories that you could add anytime. It would introduce riders to that segment for a a lot less money.

But then again, Moto Guzzi could use their V50 engine and develop it into a lightweight 500cc Stelvio and sell it for under $10,000 and you could add the adv bags & stuff as accessories when you wanted to.

Would either of these segments of light weight adventure bikes sell?
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: rocker59 on January 01, 2015, 09:31:55 AM
The V50 and V75 engines are the same, the bikes would weigh the same, so why not use the larger displacement engine ?

I do like the idea of a small block Stelvio type bike, but I'd want the most displacement and power possible from the engine.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on January 01, 2015, 09:57:23 AM

Yamaha could take their SR400 single , bump it back up to 500cc and use it as the basis for a light weight, simple, adv. bike and sell the extras like saddlebags as accessories that you could add anytime. It would introduce riders to that segment for a a lot less money.



The SR400 is already an expensive bike, building anything from it would likely only drive the price even higher. Going up to 500 cc would result in heavy vibration - the same as my old XT500. Kickstart only would be a deal breaker for lots of potential buyers as well. It's a 39 year old design, well past it's prime for anything other than a retro bike.

Yamaha would probably be better off making a light-weight adventure bike using the 321 cc twin from the new R3.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: acogoff on January 01, 2015, 10:05:36 AM
     I would say the 650 Vstrom and now the new yamaha FJ-09 are somewhat in this niche. Maybe in the manufacturer's mind, for smaller displacement, a dirt bike with a bag would get the job done without designing something completely new that may or may not sell.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Perazzimx14 on January 01, 2015, 10:06:57 AM
 
Yamaha could take their SR400 single , bump it back up to 500cc and use it as the basis for a light weight, simple, adv. bike and sell the extras like saddlebags as accessories that you could add anytime. It would introduce riders to that segment for a a lot less money.

 

Kawasaki and Suzuki have make what you are talking about for more than two decades. The KLR and DR. Both simple, relatively light weight, proven motors, inexpensive, tons of aftermarket goodies, huge dealer network etc...


I don't get Guzzi's as ADV and or dual purpose bikes. The exposed sump hanging below the frame is just begging for a rock to be thrust through it.   




Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on January 01, 2015, 10:31:45 AM

I don't get Guzzi's as ADV and or dual purpose bikes. The exposed sump hanging below the frame is just begging for a rock to be thrust through it.   


The same could be said for BMW Airheads, yet that's where all this ADV stuff started really. A well designed bash plate is really all that's needed.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Steph on January 01, 2015, 10:33:13 AM
For the last 15 years, the Suzuki DRZ400S has been around and doing a better job than a souped-up SR400/500 or a trailed-up small block V50 ;)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T7w-fAKM1fk/TI1OaDEIJUI/AAAAAAAAAf4/f49WzBkmJaU/s640/drz400s.jpg)

http://www.canadianmotorcyclerider.ca/articles.php?categories=Geoff%20Smith
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on January 01, 2015, 10:44:33 AM
For the last 15 years, the Suzuki DRZ400S has been around and doing a better job than a souped-up SR400/500 or a trailed-up small block V50 ;)


So why own a Guzzi then, when there are lots of Japanese bikes that do a better job?  ;)
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Steph on January 01, 2015, 11:01:13 AM
So why own a Guzzi then, when there are lots of Japanese bikes that do a better job?  ;)

The OP asked if a Trailed Sr400 or V50 would sell.
Vey wide question with a very wide answer  ;D

Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: dilligaf on January 01, 2015, 11:20:39 AM
The same could be said for BMW Airheads, yet that's where all this ADV stuff started really. A well designed bash plate is really all that's needed.

 :+1 and it wasn't uncommon to see a /2 used for endures.  ;-T  :BEER:
Matt
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: pyoungbl on January 01, 2015, 12:28:36 PM
This general idea has been tossed around quite a bit.  On the Guzzi side, if you are going to consider a 500 cc engine you may as well go with the 750cc one since the weight will be very similar and the market will want as much horsepower as possible.  Even the current 40RWHP V7 would be tough to market because the specs of the competition offer double that.  In answer to your basic question, a lighter twin cylinder adventure bike is very attractive to me and other older riders so I think it would sell.  I'd want more power and better suspension than what Guzzi has now, both are doable.  Heck, slap the Aero heads on the small block and we are almost there.

Peter Y.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: rocker59 on January 01, 2015, 12:37:00 PM
This general idea has been tossed around quite a bit.  On the Guzzi side, if you are going to consider a 500 cc engine you may as well go with the 750cc one since the weight will be very similar and the market will want as much horsepower as possible.  Even the current 40RWHP V7 would be tough to market because the specs of the competition offer double that.  In answer to your basic question, a lighter twin cylinder adventure bike is very attractive to me and other older riders so I think it would sell.  I'd want more power and better suspension than what Guzzi has now, both are doable.  Heck, slap the Aero heads on the small block and we are almost there.

Peter Y.

Think KLR when you think Small Block Guzzi ADV bike.  Then there will not be a power deficit, just a price tag problem.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Doppelgaenger on January 01, 2015, 02:22:50 PM
I think a better question is, could guzzi make a wet clutch? If you're going to be doing some real offroading, I think a wet clutch is the order of business.

The small block does have the torque to make a good offroad bike if they could keep the weight down to a minimum, but do we really need another pseudo-adv bike out there? Guzzi would have to make something radical, a bike that really does work offroad, to make a real splash in an already saturated market.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: andrewdonald1 on January 01, 2015, 02:36:36 PM
Well I think we want:  reliability, light weight (400 lbs wet without panniers), around $10K or just north of it, 80 hp.

I pushed my Stelvio out cold yesterday to wash it, hoped off it to push it up a off camber hill.  
Fell over gently in the grass.  I couldn't lift it up myself (back facing towards the bike and squatting it up).
I can't honestly say I'd take it off road past gravel roads if I can't lift the dang thing.. I am 45, used to body build but that was 20 years ago.. but geesh...

Is the block on the guzzi's aluminum?  
Go aluminum frame.
Stick to shaft drive.. I'll take a bit of a hit on weight for that.  

Give me all that and the 1200 Stelvio is gone.

But if you can't:  I love the brand, the visceral feel and sound of the transverse twin.  It feels alive.. I don't want a parallel twin unless you can replicate the visceral sensations.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: johnr on January 01, 2015, 02:50:17 PM
The OP asked if a Trailed Sr400 or V50 would sell.
Vey wide question with a very wide answer  ;D



I'd say yes they would, as an adventure (rather than trail) bike. Agree though that you may as well go with the 750 sb for the Guzz and a 500 might be better than 400 for the road components of such a bikes task. It would all depend on styling and probably a more 'retro' look. (on the basis that modern styling is bone ugly) Also, an  adventure bike, almost by definition, has to be easy to pack gear onto.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Demar on January 01, 2015, 02:52:29 PM
Kawasaki and Suzuki have make what you are talking about for more than two decades. The KLR and DR. Both simple, relatively light weight, proven motors, inexpensive, tons of aftermarket goodies, huge dealer network etc...


I don't get Guzzi's as ADV and or dual purpose bikes. The exposed sump hanging below the frame is just begging for a rock to be thrust through it.  


I have a full size Stelvio and it's a great touring bike. I'd buy a baby Stelvio that was lighter, smaller and based on the V7II small block. I've gone from looking at the KLR and DR to the Tiger 800xc back to the KLR and so on. I'm intrigued by the V7II Scrambler. It might just fit my need for a light trail/fire road bike. I didn't seriously consider the V7 until I saw that it weighs less than the KLR and also has more hp and torque than the KLR. A sump guard will fix the exposed sump and the shaft drive and v-twin are both winners for me over the KLR and DR single engine and chain drive.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcycles/2015/2015-Moto-Guzzi-V7II-Scrambler-Kit.htm
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: rboe on January 01, 2015, 03:15:27 PM
I'm setting up my XR650L like that. Wolf man side racks for luggage. Windscreen (still experimenting), dual sport tires. Same hp as the KLR but about 80-90lbs lighter. Good on the road, better off. Seeing where life has taken me, the DRZ would have been a better choice but here I is, with a paid for 650L so I'll stick with it.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: bpreynolds on January 01, 2015, 03:47:28 PM
Would not sell.  Not a chance.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Perazzimx14 on January 01, 2015, 03:59:47 PM
I have a full size Stelvio and it's a great touring bike. I'd buy a baby Stelvio that was lighter, smaller and based on the V7II small block. I've gone from looking at the KLR and DR to the Tiger 800xc back to the KLR and so on. I'm intrigued by the V7II Scrambler. It might just fit my need for a light trail/fire road bike. I didn't seriously consider the V7 until I saw that it weighs less than the KLR and also has more hp and torque than the KLR. A sump guard will fix the exposed sump and the shaft drive and v-twin are both winners for me over the KLR and DR single engine and chain drive.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcycles/2015/2015-Moto-Guzzi-V7II-Scrambler-Kit.htm

V7's suspension and ground clearance are two huge limiting factors in its off road abilities. Anything other than very well groomed fire roads are going to be a challenge.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Turin on January 01, 2015, 04:48:27 PM
I'd say no. two examples why. Nevada and Breva 750.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: fotoguzzi on January 01, 2015, 05:28:05 PM
Instead I would want the KTM 690 Duke

or even the 390 Naked Duke that will sell for $4,999 with 44Hp. just saw my KTM guy today, they won't have them till late spring.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Cam3512 on January 01, 2015, 05:33:44 PM
I'd say no. two examples why. Nevada and Breva 750.

Both produced BEFORE the V7 series, currently Guzzi's best seller.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Turin on January 01, 2015, 06:34:48 PM
That was kinda my point, probably not expressed very well. Neither of those sold well, especially compared to the V7. I would never ever have thought that a smallblock guzzi would be a hit. I think a mini stelvio would be a step backwards.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: boatdetective on January 01, 2015, 07:07:26 PM
Let's see- take an already marginally powered bike, then hang all sorts of clunky guards, lights, aluminum suitcases, and endless clunky psuedo industrial ADV farkle crap on it. Oh yeah, engineer in suspension with much more clearance. Alter the frame because the stock one won't do. Sent the whole thing to the designers to make it ugly enough to sell to the  ADV crowd. after redesigning everything on the bike with the exception of the too small engine, now figure out how to get the weight down below 550 with all the crap. Now that you've invested all this R&D on an underpowered bike that will try to compete with either BMW, Triumph, or Suzuki- figure out how you can possibly sell the machine for less than $13-14,000.

Or, leave well enough alone with a  lovely model that just seems to work, is priced right, and is hip enough to be used as a prop in Ralph Lauren boutiques.

I wouldn't waste too much time daydreaming...
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Green1000S on January 01, 2015, 07:18:12 PM
Propably not...


...but there might be a market for lighter weight, smaller displacement ADV bike.

My daughter Lisa (the one you guys have seen with me at all Guzzi Rallies) is now 16 and has drivers license. She wants a bike and we have started to entertain the thought and see whats available.
We dont have a million choises... Kawa 250 Ninja plus few other crotch rockets.
However if there would be a underpowered and (light enough) ADV bike, I would consider. V50 would be too much for her, just because of the weight. and for us guys, it would be seriously underpowered bike.
But a small 250-350 with lower weight and less of a pricesticker.. I might bite. Right now there is not much to pick from, unless you want a motocross bike. (which defeats the purpose to do gravelroads AND highways.

Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: boatdetective on January 01, 2015, 08:22:41 PM
Hey Lauri - que pasa, vato?

What about a Suzuki TU250? Very cool bike. The first year red ones were beautiful.

I don't know from dual sport bikes today. Seems like anything with enough suspension might be a tad tall for her.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Green1000S on January 01, 2015, 09:10:15 PM
Hey Lauri - que pasa, vato?

What about a Suzuki TU250? Very cool bike. The first year red ones were beautiful.

I don't know from dual sport bikes today. Seems like anything with enough suspension might be a tad tall for her.

Not much Jonathan... Work, sleep, work, sleep. Few beers I between....
I tried Honda Rebel, she does not want a "Harley looking" bike, hahahaha..
I would love to get a Honda 125RR, but not sold in USA and there are no entry level ADV type bikes. Makes no sense to take Ninja into gravel roads.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on January 01, 2015, 09:25:43 PM
I would love to get a Honda 125RR, but not sold in USA and there are no entry level ADV type bikes. Makes no sense to take Ninja into gravel roads.

How about a Honda CRF230L, Yamaha XT225 or TW200, Suzuki DR125 or DR200? 
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Green1000S on January 01, 2015, 09:57:00 PM
Thanks guys.... I made a new thead, so we dont derail the V50 Adventure Bike conversation. ;D
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: youcanrunnaked on January 02, 2015, 12:28:55 AM
I am anxiously awaiting the re-introduction of the Honda Africa Twin.

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/h9kpeu8ux6wgs0vbqka6.jpg)

http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/2015-honda-africa-twin-finally-an-adv-bike-built-for-1654491126

http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/new-honda-africa-twin-revealed/

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/honda/2014-eicma-2015-honda-africa-twin-video.html
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: ChuckH on January 02, 2015, 09:24:47 AM
I read this discussion with mixed emotions. 

I've ridden for almost 20 years now and have owned a slew of bikes -- several Beemers, a few Kawas including a KLR-650, and a 650 Strom.  I have always set them up for long distance touring and camping trips.  The bike that does those tasks the very best is my current Stelvio NTX. 

So, if Guzzi offers a lighter weight AdvTouring bike, I would be comparing that offering to what I already have in my NTX.   
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Green1000S on January 02, 2015, 10:43:00 AM
I read this discussion with mixed emotions. 

I've ridden for almost 20 years now and have owned a slew of bikes -- several Beemers, a few Kawas including a KLR-650, and a 650 Strom.  I have always set them up for long distance touring and camping trips.  The bike that does those tasks the very best is my current Stelvio NTX. 

So, if Guzzi offers a lighter weight AdvTouring bike, I would be comparing that offering to what I already have in my NTX.   

True. But you or me would not be the marketing target for this bike. I would never swap my Quota for a "250cc adventure bike" and take it to the woods.
For that I would buy a Husqvarna or KTM.

How about female riders, anyone around 5' 4", the younger crowd or beginners?
They will not buy Stelvio's, 1200GS or my old Quota. Those bikes are like fat rhino's.
And for that reason, we love them ;-T
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: ed@guzzipower.com on January 02, 2015, 11:26:22 AM
My solution. V85TT. 850 Cc. 53 ft lbs. 410 lbs. 16" rear shocks. Shown in motard trim. I have 21" front wheel for it also.

 It wheelies effortlessly.

(http://www.guzzipower.com/v85tt/v85tt.jpg)
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: youcanrunnaked on January 02, 2015, 03:17:11 PM
^^^^  Genius!  The cruiser styling is a bit weird for a sumo, but it looks like ten tons of fun.


Question: Do you worry about excessive wear with the drive shaft hiked to that angle?  With 16" rear shocks, you've added, what, 4" to the rear ride height?
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: LongRanger on January 02, 2015, 04:31:31 PM
Well I think we want:  reliability, light weight (400 lbs wet without panniers), around $10K or just north of it, 80 hp.
Two words: Ducati Scrambler
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: andrewdonald1 on January 02, 2015, 08:10:46 PM
Two words: Ducati Scrambler

Those motors scare me.. I think PITA valve adjusts...
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: LongRanger on January 02, 2015, 08:59:04 PM
Never owned one so I can't comment, but that bike sure received some enthusiastic reviews at the international press launch in Palm Springs two weeks ago. I think it could make a good platform for a fun, lightweight but capable fire road bike. It would need a suspension and ergo revamp for anything more serious than that.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Demar on January 02, 2015, 09:36:23 PM
Two words: Ducati Scrambler

I was high on this bike until I saw it in person last November 1st at the San Mateo Motorcycle show. It looks cheap and plastic to me. I realize Ducati is trying to hit a price point and is assembling the bike in Thailand, however, it looks cheap to me. I have a 2010 Bonneville T100 that was assembled in Thailand and the fit and finish is excellent. The Ducati has the weight and hp numbers I'm looking for in a trail/fireroad bike but I'd rather have a Guzzi V7 Scrambler. I discounted the V7II until I saw the hp and torque numbers are a little better than a KLR 650. The V7 Scrambler kit has upgraded rear shocks among other things. The bike makes it's torque at 2800rpm. I wish it had a 19" front wheel rather than the stock 18" but that can be fixed. I didn't like the single of the KLR as I have to ride a few hundred road miles to get to the trails/fireroads I'm interested in. I'm not 100% sold on it and will wait until summer when some real reviews will be available.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: youcanrunnaked on January 03, 2015, 12:47:25 AM
I was high on this bike until I saw it in person last November 1st at the San Mateo Motorcycle show. It looks cheap and plastic to me....

You might want to reserve judgment until the production bikes are in showrooms.  It's likely that the bike you saw was a static display and not a real motorcycle.  Ducati had a few of these at the AimExpo in Orlando, and the rep I spoke to said that while the styles were close to the production models, they were non-operable mock-ups; nearly all of the parts were hand-made plastic and wood items painted to look like metal.  I was told that the production bikes would look much nicer.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Demar on January 03, 2015, 01:23:04 AM
You might want to reserve judgment until the production bikes are in showrooms.  It's likely that the bike you saw was a static display and not a real motorcycle.  Ducati had a few of these at the AimExpo in Orlando, and the rep I spoke to said that while the styles were close to the production models, they were non-operable mock-ups; nearly all of the parts were hand-made plastic and wood items painted to look like metal.  I was told that the production bikes would look much nicer.

Interesting. I'm waiting until summer to pull the trigger if something fills the need by then.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: Tazturtle on January 03, 2015, 03:11:48 AM
Lower powered, lighter Stelvio? Nope.

V7 Scrambler? Just maybe.

We will soon see I guess, with the factory Scrambler kits, just how many put their money where their mouth is!

Kurt
Title: Re: Would a V50 Stelvio sell?
Post by: ed@guzzipower.com on January 03, 2015, 11:49:05 AM
Drive shaft angle is less than 10 deg when loaded. Schfine....

Yeah, stock bodywork ain't the prettiest [even Mr. Galuzzi commented that I should "get rid of that ugly seat and tank"] , but it's comfy.And that's how it kept total build budget to around $2k....including the bike. :)

Question: Do you worry about excessive wear with the drive shaft hiked to that angle?  With 16" rear shocks, you've added, what, 4" to the rear ride height?
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