Comparison of Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
Each year, the international motorcycle show in Milan known as EICMA introduces both excitement and anticipation for the new riding year yet to come. Taking place in November helps, because that's when the days are getting colder and drearier in much of the northern hemisphere. In addition, its placement just before the start of the busy holiday season in many cultures only serves to heighten anticipation of the models revealed at the show.
It's no coincidence that EICMA 2023 was where both Moto Guzzi and Suzuki wheeled the Stelvio and the GSX-S1000GX into public view for the very first time.
Both bikes are meant to lead the charge in demonstrating an impressive sport tourer for each OEM, but one that's lightly dusted with just a hint of ADV for seasoning. In Suzuki's case, the brand even sticks the bike into its own special "Crossover" category on its website to further differentiate it from the rest of the range.
Both bikes feature the introductions of some seriously impressive technological advancements for both brands. The Moto Guzzi Stelvio features the very first instance of the Piaggio Fast Forward Rider Assistance Solution electronic radar-assisted rider aids package, while the Suzuki GSX-S1000GX is the introduction of Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension to the world.
How do these two flagships compare on paper? Let's find out. Note: All specs provided here are sourced from their respective manufacturers.
Engine and Final Drive
The Moto Guzzi Stelvio takes the 90-degree V-twin powerplant first used in the V100 Mandello and sticks it in a completely new chassis. According to Guzzi, this bike was developed in tandem with the V100 Mandello, and incorporates this engine into the Stelvio frame in a stressed member design.
The Suzuki GSX-S1000GX has a slightly larger displacement than the Moto Guzzi Stelvio, but produces significantly more power and a tiny bit more torque. In both instances, peak power and torque come higher in the rev range.
Frame, Suspension, and Wheels
The Suzuki GSX-S1000GX has a steel frame, while the Moto Guzzi Stelvio has an aluminum frame. The GSX-S1000GX also features fully electronically adjustable suspension, which gives it an advantage in this category. The wheel and tire selection on both bikes cater to their respective on-road and adventurous characteristics.
Brakes and Storage
The Stelvio has a slight edge over the GSX-S1000GX in terms of brakes. The GSX-S1000GX, however, comes with hard side cases that offer storage space and can fit most full-face motorcycle helmets.
Price and Features
The base Moto Guzzi Stelvio is $2,000 less expensive than the Suzuki GSX-S1000GX, but it does not come with luggage or an electronic suspension. The up-spec version of the Stelvio, which includes radar-assisted technology, will likely pose a bigger challenge to the GSX-S1000GX once pricing is available.
Suzuki GSX-S1000GX offers impressive features and value for its price. However, the Moto Guzzi Stelvio with radar-assisted technology may be a strong competitor, especially considering factors like styling and ergonomics that are not covered by spec sheets.
Ultimately, the best way to determine the right bike for you is to test ride the options you are considering. Specs on paper can only provide a starting point, and the riding experience is what truly matters.