2009 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring



In these few years (ever since the launch), the Moto Guzzi 1200 hasn’t suffered any modifications and it is quite interesting if the manages both to shine in front of the competition and offer a Grand Turismo riding

The Italians sure had a great when they thought at their 90-degree V-Twin, engine’s bore and … to 95 x mm, resulting in a 1,151 cc displacement and a 1 compression ratio. The jewel-like is what made a name for Guzzi and the upgrade to Norge’s cc version was the right move to

Not precisely a sports bike and not a veritable tourer, the 2009 1200 still goes with its 95 hp at 7,500 rpm and 100 Nm at 5,800 The Magneti Marelli fuel system leaves a big fingerprint on performance figures and also on the that the bike meets regulations.

This Guzzi is for to eat up hundreds of miles in a single and still deliver both the and passenger fresh like two It is also the kind of bike you don’t want to ride in a simply because it offers accommodations that the crew wishes to benefit of for as much as possible. The six-speed is supposed to keep things lively at higher speeds and so long all the are right about the Norge

Built around a tubular high tensile steel the Norge isn’t all about and, as a result, it also standard telescopic hydraulic with Ø 45 mm, preload offering 120 mm of wheel travel and arm suspension with progressive rear shock absorber in rebound and pre-load (hydraulic) of 140 mm of wheel travel. On a bike in category, things could much better, but at least optional ABS for the double stainless floating disc, Ø 320 mm, 4 calipers front brake and steel disc, Ø 282 mm, 2 caliper rear one.

Moto Guzzi used to be a builder of GT motorcycles in the past, but haven’t built anything new in the era” of motorcycling apart the Norge, which was also a late arrival when it was unveiled at the 2005 Milan


The Norge 1200 was mainly to cut in the touring segment that BMW and still dominates with the RT and in 2009, the BMW R 1200 RT is the bike giving Moto Guzzi a time. Significantly bigger and more touring-oriented, the RT is built to up long distances and it is backed up by a twin, four-… with valves OHV engine of similar (1,170 cc) developing more decent 110 hp.

There’s also a gearbox and shaft final but what significantly contributes at us it a veritable tourer is the optional Suspension Adjustment, allowing to set their suspensions with the of a button. Other important are the heated grips, heated and a premium sound system and control.

While Japan’s segment is dominated by motorcycles by four-cylinder engines and the British faithful to three-cylinder ones, the 1200 will have to with the BMW as an only appropriate (not that it isn’t for it or something).


The other between these bikes is apart from their different characters, they mostly different. In fact, two close headlights integrated in the aerodynamic front end of the bike us of the Yamaha FJR. We did ask for some opinions among the riders in our and the similitude was confirmed although it called striking.

Moto Guzzi actually the Norge in the aerodynamic tunnel and the does look like it was like the perfect balance comfort and proper wind The windscreen isn’t as tall as of the BMW and the mirrors are mounted on the handlebars, is something that we cannot on a bike in this category.

You do get lines, but if you look pass you’ll notice that the fairing is shaped like a “S”. Designers had to juggle the cylinders and exhaust pipes, the aerodynamic fairing quite a piece of the bike. Still, it it look good and masks of the mechanical parts.

In fact, are seeing only a cylinder and an exhaust pipe on each which is enough for a fan to recognize the as being a Norge.

The seat is at 31.5 inches from the and the rear end is pretty much by a pair of panniers and a topcase a passenger backrest included, is very nice to have. nice details are the LED taillights and lights, but also the color available for 2009: Silver, Red and Black.

Test Ride

Moto machines offer unique experiences, but we never got the chance to their grand turismo the Norge 1200, and this excitement on the scene. The bike that big, heavy lbs dry weight), nor tall and it fails to anyone who has spend some even on the BMW F650GS. It allows the sized rider to flatfoot the easily and brings the handlebars to him, almost like to start riding it already.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

a low center of gravity and proper distribution, the 2009 Moto Norge 1200 manages to weight as the rider accelerates, but it perform poor at all when it to filtering traffic at slow That’s when the mirrors, seem inappropriately mounted on the start proving effective The riding position is comfortable and the handlebars are at quick reach, the don’t allow for much rider movement, which is that I dislike.

Let’s get to the stuff here. The engine is powerful to keep things but doesn’t manage to provide a no matter how you may start riding the It does feel lively and happy revving in between rpm and the engine response is simply all across the rpm range. This you to accelerate fast out of corners and happy with the bike you and your passenger are riding in comfort.

It feels like this GT was around the rider and the immediate of that is the feeling that riding in the bike instead of on it. The have always been at that and the Norge isn’t a at all.

When pushed to its you do get a slight buzz, but that’s bothering and it happens only the rider literally forgets to The clutch is very smooth and the feels precise. The ratios are short for a bike in this and that’s because Moto wasn’t planning to lose any of the grunt with too tall

Nobody will call the 1200 a corner carver, but the won’t start wondering at any time. It does feel and quite natural at all times. It is easy to lean it in and out of corners, the mistake that a rider make being to approach a with too much speed and it.

There’s optional ABS for that, but compares with paying

Personally, I could have with fully-adjustable suspensions, but Guzzi doesn’t offer as standard equipment and I guess the adjustable fork and rebound and adjustable rear shock are considering the plushy seat as


The MSRP of $15,590 set the Moto Guzzi Norge that much apart the BMW R 1200 RT’s $16,800 but it’s enough to make a for a Guzzist.


Overall, the Guzzi Norge 1200 is a than satisfying ride can prove effective for years and of traveling. It is quiet, offers comfort and wind protection satisfying beauty. What could a budged-oriented buyer ask

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

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