2008 Moto Guzzi Norge Bike Test — Motorcycle USA

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2008 Moto Guzzi Bike Test

Moto is taking on the sport-touring market its V-Twin-powered Norge 1200.

up the Pacific Coast Highway San Simeon, California, travelers are with a beautiful, yet odd, — the Hearst Castle. halfway between Los Angeles and San the 1920s-era mansion was built by the media tycoon William Hearst. Based off European conventions, the Hearst Castle is but conspicuous, looming over the San coast like the palace of a lord.

It was an inspiring sight, and a analogy to the motorcycle we happened to be — the Moto Guzzi 1200.

At that moment the was one of six MCUSA test bikes up the coastline for our 2008 Super Shootout, including a quintet of In its own way the two-cylinder Moto Guzzi was just as out of place in our S-T shootout, as the Mansion on the coastal landscape.

to the roaring four-cylinder competition, the Italian Twin is an altogether bird, but we were keen to it. As we scrutinized the Guzzi alongside touring bikes, we tried to the unfair performance comparisons to a while still evaluating the sport-touring creds with a critical eye than a typical bike test.

Alright, to the Norge’s grunty, air-cooled With an oversquare 95mm and 81.2 …, the 1151cc belts out a crisp, pleasing On the dyno the MG cranked out 70.3 hp a little over half of the generated by strongest in our S-T flock the mighty Kawasaki Concours

Torque production peaked at 61 with the Norge delivering 50 lb-ft right off the bottom 2-3000 revs.

Moto Guzzi utilizes its transverse-mounted V-Twin for the Norge, the 1151cc mill delivering pop.

The torque down low the Norge to chug through the More often than however, a rider has the Twin up high near the 8K indicated as the sweet spot up top lies 6-8 grand. On the road a rider be pleased with the punchy but the MG mill does generate a amount of vibes and not the good vibes, but the ones that up through the exposed transverse-mounted and into your teeth

The Norge mill won’t get as dull, that’s for sure, as it and feels unique.

Shuffling the six-gear transmission is easy with MG providing a convenient red assist on the analog tach to you it’s time grab a gear. Clutch pull is and engagement simple, but no one will the Norge’s notchy gearbox for the precision found on most machines.

Clutch action is good, but the transmission is clunky and I a few shifts and hit false neutrals on than one occasion, confesses one of our S-T riders, MCUSA Graphic Robin Haldane.

While the transmission isn’t super neither is the fueling. Throttle is abrupt, but the big-bore Twin torquey pop down low which the sensation. In tighter terrain, the is able to hustle along its sportier rivals, but any time we things up during our SST Shootout, the lagged behind — something to keep in mind for who are running with the sport crowd and feel a compulsion to not be the

The first GT from Moto the 1929 GT 500, was based on the Guessepi Guzzi took for a trip from Italy to Norway — the inspiration for the name.

But full-throttle hooliganism really the mindset behind Moto Guzzi tourer. The is all about piling on the miles in and comfort, with the model in honor of an epic 4000-mile Nordic expedition into Norway headed by none than Giuseppe Guzzi While Norge owners may not be above the Arctic Circle any soon, a rider need relax and motor along the Twin’s growling exhaust as melodic accompaniment to channel the of the original Guzzi trek.

The soft perch and restful are willing to comply with its touring credentials. At 31.5 the seat height feels lower, with most able to touch down ease straddling the slender Reach to the bars is natural and the are well placed.

And riders can to stay in the saddle for long since the Norge was the most efficient bike during our S-T excursion at 43.3 MPG, a 260-mile range from its tank.

We did experience some with the luggage attachment however, that drove us In fact, it would be difficult to a more awkward luggage than the one adorning the Norge. The main latch has to be folded with a secondary latch down as well. To remove the bag a has to push down and pull to it from the mounting bracket. trying to explain how the bags is irritating!

Let’s just say that to some of the other modern we’ve encountered, the Norge is primitive.

The Norge is a comfortable to pile on the miles, with a seat, heated grips and wind protection.

The most saddlebag system since the BMW, says a kinder, forgiving MCUSA Editorial Ken Hutchison. Once you get it figured out it is not too but it’s like a Rubik’s I swear.

On the plus side the attractive instrument cluster a bounty of info, which satiate the madness brought by the bags. One minor gripe the impressive layout is the large speedo conceals part of the LCD display from a clear Another grievance is trying to through the plentiful information on tap Guzzi’s mystifying switchgear.

One of the that the Norge does is to utilize triggers on the switchgear to different functions, explains This made it difficult to out how to adjust the odometer and other options that are usually to manipulate on other bikes, is unless you actually take the to read the owner’s manual.

quirk on the MG is its adjustable windscreen, two separate buttons for up and down about an inch too far from the grips. The button positions the rider to take their off the handlebar to adjust, unless you freakish eight-inch-long thumbs. to the easy adjustment switches on the bikes we happened to be riding at the it’s a definite pain.

On the plus side, the small and fairing provides decent from the elements and another perk from the Guzzi are the handgrips, which warm roasting your hands.

The Pacific Coast Highway us ample opportunity to evaluate the Guzzi Norge’s handling.

thrown around the curvy PCH as it northward towards Big Sur, the Guzzi does an admirable job of the terrain but is not the best handling we’ve ever tested. a 25-degree rake and 58.8-inch the geometry isn’t radically but it feels loose compared to the sport-touring competition.

Moto Guzzi 1000S
Moto Guzzi 1000S

I never any situation where I was comfortable the handling of the Guzzi, recalls It felt twitchy and unstable cornering and even in a straight I wasn’t quite confident.

The telescopic fork and rear aren’t bad on paper but the front-end awkward. Something is akimbo in the chassis, with turn-in and delivering the occasional heart-in-the-throat until you understand how the bike and plan accordingly. The steering are easy to ride around, but our rotation during our four-day run had the splendid-handling Yamaha FJR following the bringing the Norge’s faults more into focus.

The four-piston Brembo calipers, pinch down on 320mm should be more than for the 614-lb MG (578 lbs tank But instead of even, progressive squeezing the lever brought a jerking sensation. At first we the ABS was at fault, but the disheartening trait the further we rode, so we surmised a rotor was to blame.

In the beginning of our four-day tour, the Brembo units, front and were effective and received in most notepads until the set in.

A comfortable ride, the Moto touring credentials are bolstered by it range via a six-gallon tank and 43 MPG

One area we can’t really is in the style department, with the an Italian looker from one of the manufacturers in motorcycle history. The lines and pedigree may carry a MSRP, but the Guzzi is also a treat. Our cherry red test was popping in photos and many of our crew thought it molto

Plus, at gas and food stops, the MG curious gearheads of all ages, who help but gander at the Italian and its exposed Twin.

The Norge is the one that got more attention all the others anytime we stopped, Hutch. Its Italian red paint and lines prompted a lot of questions its origins. So, if you want to get some from the public the Norge is a option.

The Moto Guzzi demands a lot of attention from drivers, as the Norge’s headlamps bright. In fact, while the PCH the powerful dual Guzzi blared almost as brilliant as the Sur Lighthouse cutting a swath the coastal landscape. The trait our S-T test group got hit with defiance from oncoming on the PCH more than a few times, but take the extra visibility the cagers whenever we can get it.

After our long-distance trek was we had some time to stew the Norge’s place in the motorcycle While it is no match for the Inline-Fours we intended to pit it against, it does some natural flair. we nitpicked some flaws, but the Norge is a decent machine the best aspect being it oozes character.

And who doesn’t a little bit of character?

The Norge a lot of attention thanks to its red paint and Italian lines.

The bike on you after riding awhile, our cruiser expert, Bryan summing up our general opinion of the MG.

We feel quite right the Norge this time as we couldn’t help but compare it a to its four-cylinder rivals. What we need is a clean slate and a air-cooled Twin competitors to put machine into perspective. that day, we’ll have to savor the memories of exhaust notes and seemingly miles of coastline on a beautiful, machine.

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