Mancha: Moto Guzzi Noruega Señorita Motorcycle

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Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

Mancha: Moto Guzzi Norge

The Moto Guzzi Norge has been on the periphery of my awareness of touring bikes for some time. Un dos modelos máis destacados no mercado, que tamén pasa a ser un dos mellores prezos e máis práctico - tamén un dos máis pesados. Cun novo modelo lanzado o ano pasado, como parte dun esforzo incansable para poñer Moto Guzzi no mainstream, o Norge é imposible ignorar mesmo no mercado de turismo lotado de hoxe.

Como moitas empresas de motocicleta italiano, Moto Guzzi é incrible orgullosos do seu patrimonio, eo Norge ten un particular especial. Foi nomeado despois do GT Norge, innovador da empresa 1928 Modelo - en si nomeado para o dirixible que foi o primeiro en sobrevoar o Polo Norte. A 500cc GT Norge completou un paseo de proba de 4.000 metros do HQ italiano da empresa para a Laponia de Noruega, no bordo interna do círculo polar.

É o tipo de paseo que tiñamos clasificar como un camiño cross-continental épico ata hoxe, e en 1928 foi aínda máis dado o estado das estradas. A empresa tiña un punto a probar: súa retagarda configuración de suspensión brazo oscilante - o primeiro do seu tipo - Traballou, e podería permitir traxectos de distancias maiores que eran doutro xeito tolerable. Enxeñeiro Guiseppe Guzzi fixo a viaxe en catro semanas.

Cando o Norge foi reintroducida en 2005, que xurdiu con carenado vento deseñado-túnel e un moderno motor V-twin e pertrechos, e completou este mesmo paseo. A declaración de intención era clara, though it was not without its issues. Reports of an uncomfortable seat, vibration-happy handlebars and an overheating engine clouded an otherwise solid release.

o 2011-2012 release cycle has seen a heavily redesigned model released, sporting a new fairing, asento, escape, panniers, electronically adjustable screen and eight-valve engine. According to press reports, ata 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. dito isto, 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, por suposto, money – and perhaps more of it than you have concerns about depreciation. o 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, por suposto, 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 millas, 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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