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Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

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The Moto Guzzi Norge has been on the periphery of my awareness of touring bikes for some time. En af de mere markante modeller på markedet, Det sker også at være en af ​​de bedste priser og mest praktiske - hvis også en af ​​de tungeste. Med en ny model udgivet det seneste år, som en del af en nådesløs indsats for at sætte Moto Guzzi i mainstream, Den Norge er umuligt at ignorere selv i dagens overfyldte touring markedet.

Ligesom mange italienske motorcykel virksomheder, Moto Guzzi er utrolig stolt af sin arv, og Norge har en særlig særlige én. Den blev opkaldt efter GT Norge, virksomhedens banebrydende 1928 model - selv opkaldt efter luftskibet, der var den første til at flyve over Nordpolen. Den 500cc GT Norge gennemført en 4.000-mile prøvetur fra selskabets italienske hovedkvarter til Norges Lapland, på den indvendige kant af polarcirklen.

Det er den form for turen vi ville klassificere som en episk tværs af kontinentale trek selv i dag, og i 1928 det var endnu mere hensyn til situationen i vejene. Selskabet havde et punkt at bevise: deres bageste setup svingarm affjedring - den første af sin art - bearbejdet, og kan gøre det muligt rejser på større afstande end var ellers tolerabel. Ingeniør Guiseppe Guzzi gjort turen i fire uger.

Da Norge blev genindført i 2005, Det fremgik med vind-tunnel-designet kåbe og en moderne v-twin motor og accoutrements, og afsluttet, at meget samme tur. Den hensigtserklæring var klar, though it was not without its issues. Reports of an uncomfortable seat, vibration-happy handlebars and an overheating engine clouded an otherwise solid release.

Det 2011-2012 release cycle has seen a heavily redesigned model released, sporting a new fairing, sæde, exhaust, panniers, electronically adjustable screen and eight-valve engine. According to press reports, up to 80% of the bike is new. Torque is up by 20% on the old model, alongside a 7% horsepower increase.

With great power also comes great comfort; the suspension is fully adjustable (and a tad firmer) and by all accounts of good quality, and the new seat has redressed the issues of the old.

The upgrades are much needed for a bike in a market dominated by old lineages of sport-tourers. It’s clear that Moto Guzzi are angling for the Norge to go toe-to-toe with Honda’s VFR1200, Triumph’s Sprint GT and other practical all-rounders that double as competent touring bikes. The Norge certainly sports the weight of a tourer – at 257kg without fuel, it is heavier than most competitorsbut it also boasts an impressive array of accessories.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

With a standard set of luggage, heated grips, ABS and a bluetooth-enabled Tom Tom GPS, the rather painful-looking £11,549 price tag doesn’t seem so bad. This makes for an especially interesting comparison with BMW’s higher-tech and higher-price R1200RT. Though a full 24kg lighter than the Norge, the BMW is also a thousand pounds moreand that’s without heated grips or a GPS.

With this said, I can’t help feeling serious doubts about the Norge as a genuine all-rounder. The incredible weight and new seating position – an uneasy compromise between high, sporty pegs and upright handlebars – mean that if weaving through traffic is your everyday life there are a thousand other bikes that will make your life easier. Have sagt, at, if you have the upper arm strength to handle it and favour touring, the new Norge’s minimal nods to fun and performance may give your long ride the extra enjoyment a purebred tourer might fail to provide.

The final trick to making the most of the Norge’s considerable attributes is, of course, money – and perhaps more of it than you have concerns about depreciation. Det 2012 edition has undergone changes large and small, and all are significant and go a long way towards justifying the “new bike” premium. To buy an older Norge would be to resign yourself to the constant knowledge that you aren’t experiencing the bike at its best.

This may not be a problem, of course, and indeed you can find models over five years old for between five and seven thousand pounds. Even better, they don’t tend to venture above 20,000 miles, with 10,000-strong odometers a common sight. But they won’t be quite as spectacular and polished, and you’ll need to budget in 6,250-mile service intervals in any case.

The new Norge is a compelling motorcycle, and indeed a surprisingly practical one. On the basis of research alone, how highly I recommend it comes down in large part to how much you fancy your chances hauling it around a u-turn in the middle of nowhere halfway across Europe. If it passes that test, it might just be one of the best deals on the grand touring market today.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring


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