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Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

2008 Moto Guzzi 1200

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Italian Passport Despite an passport and a specification sheet would lead you to believe its nearest competitor would be it only takes a few minutes of Moto Guzzi’s Norge for the uncanny resemblance to BMW’s motorcycles to surface. Where Ducati twins are aggressiveeager to rev and by lineagethe air-cooled transversely V-twin of a Moto Guzzi has a boxer-like gait, and ever we rode the … Breva (on the Norge is based) we believed it to be saddlebags and a windshield away becoming a charming sport-tourer. But picking up the Norge something was amiss; the near-perfect fuelling of the was gone, replaced by an engine surged at idle between and 2,000 rpm, and after dumping the bike while a parking lot U-turn when the revved unexpectedly, we’d had to the distributor the Norge went.

A few later we picked up a machine felt entirely different. fuellingoften a contentious issue today’s ultra-lean fuel-injected fabulous, the problem traced to an vented fuel tank. But just as our confidence in the machine had rehabilitated, the starter refused to the engine over. After attempts to bump start it, we the battery terminals, one of which was Problem solved.

Then we the saddlebags with clothes and a and hit the road. With the fuelling behind and a clear road we quickly discovered one of the most designed features on any machine tested.

Wanting to lower the windshield for airflow on a humid day, it was to access a button on the right switch block, but it was too far inboard to with the right thumb, meant reaching the left across to the right end of the handlebar, an manoeuvre in six lanes of 120 km/h To raise the screen meant another button, this one on the switch block, though it, was unreachable without removing from grip.

It may seem to complain about a poorly windshield adjustment switch, but accustomed to adjustable screens, perpetually in motion; down to heat while slowing to through a town, up to divert kicked up from a semi or to out an unexpected shower. One test speculating on Guzzi’s motivation for an oddly designed control, that perhaps engineers to out-weird BMW’s wonky signals, where separate and right mounted turn are cancelled by a third switch. If was their goal then were resoundingly successful.

you think we are consumed by negativity, we are to report that once the screen is effective, surprisingly so its relatively small size. at 140 km/h, the high end of touring for those who wish to avoid windblast was entirely liveable. to just below eye levelour setting while at speedit was to ride for hours without fatigue.

The Norge’s riding position was a blessing for certain testers. All that the peg to seat distance was on the sporting than the touring but debate centred on handlebar A columnist for this magazinethe one the unpronounceable nameclaimed that the was too far forward and too low, but Neil a man of reason and logic, claimed it was ideally positioned.

While to potter along uncomplainingly at speeds, we could not restrain from thrashing the 1,151 cc V-twin. Claimed horsepower is 95, for a machine with a claimed dry of 246 kg (542 lb). But there is to a good engine than its lack or excess of power, and the induction honk and meaty entertainingly haul you down the

The engine smoothes by 3,000 rpm and peak torque of 74 lb-ft at 5,800 rpm, in practice you the wave of torque between and 5,000 rpm. Shifting is flawless: light, precise and and the ratios are not absurdly tall you listening, Ducati?), which all six gears to be used at realistic The only reluctance to accept the gear was when we held the to the stop, not the sort of use the Norge typically receive.

The Norge the power of BMW’s Boxers, are close to 100 rear-wheel horsepower, but it is, to us, the entertaining engine.

Had the windshield not received the bulk of our ire, we have been more in our dislike of the instruments, or, we should the digital component of the instruments. The tachometer and speedometer are classically and easy to read, starkly the digital display stuffed in the right of the gauge cluster. positioned and fiddly to operate, its was poor day or night.

Operating the standard heated via the digital display, for example, was more troublesome than had it with a simple rocker on the handlebar.

What makes the appealing is that it addresses, for of us, our motorcycling reality. Most probably don’t live fabulous roads. They may be an away, but sometimes they’re a distant.

This makes a change of clothes a necessity, means hard saddlebags. The throw-over saddlebag is a horseman’s that migrated to motorcycling, but not Secretariat blitzed a series of at 120 km/hif you’re going you need all-weather luggage you can lock and forget. The Guzzi worked well and never off, which is the litmus for any luggage, but we kept forgetting to an extra hook at the rear of the which is presumably a safety for heavy loads.

Since CC staffers have swollen (yes, both figuratively and we were delighted to see the saddlebag Neil Graham’s XL-sized which gives him one less to complain about. For oversize well-placed grab handles a vintage 1981 Bang reel-to-reel player to be strapped to the section.

At its best the sport-tourer allows us to entertaining pavement without knocked the rider so senseless the journey that they’ve all enthusiasm when they On this count the Guzzi is The relaxed vibes of the engine the highway to be efficiently disposed of, and the suspension is a good combination of for the bad stuff while remaining enough for the curves.

A motorcycle of origin that couldn’t corners with gusto be a travesty, and the Norge scores on most counts. If you’re on the boil, left-handers must be with care, as the centrestand hangs far too low.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring
Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

Opinions on the were mixed, which credence to our theory that designers lose confidence motorcycles that have capability. Just like discontinued ST-series, the Norge’s are workman-like, but stop short of and we almost missed the quirkiness of the BMW The Norge is not a motorcycle that ever hate because of its but it’s not a motorcycle that desire for its styling, either.

But not was nonplussed by its lines. Uwe Wachtendorf described the taillights as looking twin Gatling guns a pair of Faberge eggs.

it’s easy to dislike bad it’s much harder tantalizingly good machines have easily been better. A Moto Guzzi rider should have their fist on the designer’s and demanded a fix for the windscreen control, a for the centrestand and a legible dash. As it is the Norge is a good motorcycle, and it with standard ABS, a warranty and 24-hour roadside

But just as a foul glass of can sour a fabulous meal, so can faults lessen the appreciation of an fine machine.

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The biggest problem with Guzzi’s Norge is that it the only quirky air-cooled in the Gran Turismo class, and a price just five off BMW’s R1200RT, it faces competition. The BMW has more power, less, handles better and has a functional fairing. But it’s painful to look ata result of Germans building a motorcycle its function.

Fortunately, there are Italians who refuse to ignore so yes, the Norge is aesthetically pleasing and it’s easy to the attention to detail in its design.

The felt built for a rider shorter than my six-foot-one Footpeg and handlebar location for an awkward riding position, not for a bike meant to cover distances. Then there is the engine, an unusual twin sabotages relaxed touring its need to be kept spinning, protesting whenever a rider lax with gear changes or to make a quick pass low in the rev range.

A few changes to the Norge turn it into a tempting but in its current state of development far more drawn to the other that comes with controls. Uwe Wachtendorf

This month I’ve behind, with too many to test in too short a time. So I sail past my small-town shop into open and leave my mounting obligations it’s telling of my feelings this machine. But as much as I it, for $19,000 you can have your of just about any motorcycle and in a category with so many machines, minor flaws can be breakers.

While it’s to understand why cruisers are uncomfortabledesigners are by an aesthetic that dictates low heights and slammed suspensionsI’m at a to explain why Guzzi engineers come up with a more digital display or a windscreen a sensible operating control.

unfortunate is that the hard has been done. The Norge well, feels good and has an suffused with character, and an may be thrilled with their but before you buy, just sure that the issues irritated us won’t irritate Neil Graham

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring
Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring
Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring
Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring


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