Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V (2011-2016) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V, made between 2011 and 2016.

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio 8V, also released as the Stelvio NTX 8V, Stelvio NTX, or just known as the Stelvio 8V, is an adventure sport touring motorcycle from Moto Guzzi. It replaced the Stelvio 1200 4V, made from 2009-2011.

It’s made to compete with other leading adventure bikes like the BMW R 1200 GS, and has quite a similar platform — a torquey, characterful engine, with very high-end gear.

The Stelvio is built around an 1151cc 90-degree air-cooled V-twin that’s longitudinally mounted, meaning the crankshaft is in line with the chassis. It’s the same engine found in the Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V, though in the Griso the engine is more aggressively tuned.

In the Stelvio 1200 8V, the engine has an 11.0:1 compression ratio, and is tuned to make 77 kW (105 hp) at 7250 rpm, and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 ft-lb) at 5800 rpm. Final drive is via a shaft drive.

The Stelvio was discontinued in 2016 with no obvious replacement.

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What you need to service a Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V

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PartMoto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V spec
Engine oil10W-60 motorcycle oil that meets JASO MA or MA2, or API SG. Moto Guzzi recommends ENI i-Ride PG Racing 10W-60. You can use Liqui Moly Synthoil Race Tech GT1 10W-60 which others use in their Moto Guzzis.
Oil filterUse a Hiflofiltro HF551 oil filter for the Norge.
Spark plugUse an NGK CR8EKB (long life) spark plug
Air filterUse a K&N AL-1001 air filter.
Transmission oilAPI GL-4+ 80W-90 or GL-5+ 85W-90 transmission oil, e.g. Lucas Oil 80W-90 (meets GL-5 spec)
Brake & Clutch fluidMoto Guzzi recommends synthetic DOT 4 brake fluid that meets SAE J 1703 spec, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.
Fork oilMoto Guzzi recommends SAE 0W – ISO VG 32 fork oil.
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V maintenance items

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V.

It’s the same as the manual, but re-ordered into an order that make sense (e.g. oil and oil filter were buried in there, and not even on the same page).


  • I = Check and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace if necessary
  • C = Check
  • R = Replace
  • A = Adjust
  • L = lubricate

First, do these operations at every startup (i.e. before every trip).

Engine oil pressure warning light — Check that it’s functional
Tire pressure/wear — check
Wheel nipples — check tight and functioning (or replace)
Brake pads — check within minimum spec
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V — Startup checks

Here’s the maintenance schedule. It omits the first break-in check as that has already been done by now.

mi x 1000612182430
km x 10001020304050Periodic
Engine oil (5)RRRRR
Oil filter (5)RRRRR
Gearbox (Transmission) oilRRRRR
Final transmission (final drive) oilRRRRR
Spark plugsRRRRR
Valve free play adjustmentAAAAA
Air filterIRIRI
Emptying of the oil drain pipe from the filter boxCCCCC
Cylinder synchronizationIIIII
Carburation in idle (CO)IIIII
Engine revs at idle speedAAAAA
Brake pad wearIIIII
Brake discsIIIII
Brake fluidIRIRIReplace every 2 years
Brake systemIIIII
Brake linesIIIIIReplace every 4 years
Clutch wearIIIII
Throttle bodyCC
Clutch fluidIIIIIReplace every 2 years
Alternator beltAAR
Exhaust pipe flange boltsII
Steering bearings and steering clearanceIIIII
Suspension and frameII
Fork oil & sealsRRR
Wheel bearingsIIIII
Wheel nipple tighteningIIIII
Tires – pressure/wearIIIII
Clutch lever pinLLLLLLubricate if it gets wet
Fuel hosesIIIIIReplace every 4 years
Transmission cables and controlsIIIII
Battery leads tightening torqueII
Stands (Lithium soap-based grease)IIIIILubricate particularly after hard conditions or inactivity
Footrests (Lithium soap-based grease)
Nuts and bolts tightening torqueIIIII
Safety switchesII
Light systemIIIII
General motorcycle performanceIIIII
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V maintenance schedule table

About the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 has been a quiet favourite of the adventure motorcycling community since its first launch (with the 4v motor) in 2009. Moto Guzzi updated the motor to the 8V version in 2011.

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V is a bike for every road — or sometimes when there’s no road at all. While your fancy sportbike is legendary at the track or on the smoothest of roads, the Stelvio is at home on bumpy country lanes or dirt roads, where it will confidently take you to the most  unlikely of places (as long as things don’t get too tight… it’s a pretty big motorcycle).

The Stelvio 1200 8V is based around the same 1200 8V engine found in a few other Moto Guzzi bikes, like the more road-going Norge 1200 8V. It’s an 1151 cc longitudinally mounted air-cooled V-twin. In the Stelvio, the bike is tuned to make a peak of 77 kW (105 hp), with peak torque of 113 Nm (83 ft-lb) coming on at 5800 rpm.

The longitudinal mounting means that the Stelvio can be shaft-driven, meaning you have a low-maintenance drivetrain. No cleaning the chain after you go down dirt roads — which is probably pretty often!

And the second benefit is that the V-twin’s cylinder heads can get more airflow, which is important for an air-cooled motor.

Being a V-twin, the Stelvio has loads of character. It has that familiar thump and growl. And on top of that, the longitudinal crank means that when you crack the throttle, the bike kicks over slightly. It just gives the bike an “alive” feeling.

In terms of reliability — there was a brief period between 2011 and mid 2012 when the Moto Guzzi 1200 8V motors had an issue with their tappet heads. There was a period when the engines were made with flat tappet heads, in which the camshafts would ride directly against the face of the tappet. Despite advanced DLC treatment, the tappet heads would eventually wear and fail — particularly if (Moto Guzzi claimed) the wrong oil were used.

Some engines failed and were repaired (and converted to a roller bearing face), but if they were not, there’s a chance they’ll fail again. See this thread for more info.

The ride gear on the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V is quite advanced. At the front there are 50mm Marzocchi inverted forks, fully adjustable, and with 170mm (6.7 in) of travel. Front brakes are radial-mount Brembo calipers. The rear shock is adjustable in preload and rebound, with a knob for adjusting the preload.

The Stelvio comes with a massive 32 litre tank, more than on most adventure motorcycles, giving it massive range (you’d want a break by that point anyway).

The NTX version of the Stelvio 1200 8V is almost the same bike but with a lot more protection, including crash guards, cylinder guards, hand guards, and a taller windshield.

Manual for the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V

The above maintenance schedule came from the user manual, the service manual, and parts catalogues for the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V.

You can download the user manual from Guzzitek.

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