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Norge is Guzzi-speak for Sport-Tourer

by Alfonse Palaima

We try to hold Guzzi to the same exacting we do other OEMs, but sometimes we gotta give the company or its a pass and say, “It’s a In regard to the unique, longitudinally 90-degree V-Twin engine, a complimentary remark. But when on the placement of the Norge’s electric buttons it becomes a rebuke.

In situation the colloquialism, “It’s a relates back to the funkiness of the and funky generally trumps

Mr. Ko is the owner of some two-wheeled seen in previous MO tests, and riding the Norge, he shocked us he said he preferred the Guzzi to the BMW after riding the two successively.

comment about preferring the over the fantastic K16-GT out like a young, black at Tea Party rally. I, an aficionado of all funky, like the Norge, but to say better than the K16?

“If I the Norge has a better engine be a blatant lie,” Kaming was to point out, but, and he this point, “For my of riding, the lighter, smaller is sportier and more useful in situations, from running around town to canyon as well as going on longer

Fair enough. Just as the Wing is more touring the K16s, the BMWs are more than the Norge. Not necessarily than the Beemer, but the Norge suits the Desmosedici owner’s of what a motorcycle should be.

Glenn and Kaming approached the with trepidation. “I was skeptical the sport-touring prowess of the Moto says Glenn, backed by comments of not expecting much the Norge. Apprehensions from testers, however, dissolved each passing mile. “I was with the smooth power says Glenn. “There’s of torque even if it has less horsepower than others. I had no keeping up with anyone a pure sportbike.”

The “8V” in the nomenclature refers to its cylinder now sporting four valves ( ) in each for improved breathing the old two-valve design. The 1151cc engine cranks out 88.6 wheel horsepower, which is a jump in performance from the two-valve Guzzi we tested, a Breva 1100 that a lackluster 68.3 hp from its Torque, too, gets a big climbing from 53.3 in the old 1100 to 67.7 at 5600 rpm in the 8V

Now, less than 90 in a machine weighing about 600 doesn’t sound very but the Norge’s workhorse engine 60 ft-lb of torque at just rpm, so there’s a respectable of grunt to play with 1000 rpm off idle. If the Norge’s was as proficient as the Brembo calipers, and rear, are at slowing the bike, be a different story, but the Norge’s performance outshines its ability to

We all noted the Norge’s soft which can be adjusted for preload and rear while the shock features rebound adjustment. The suspension is smooth when politely, but under aggression the of squishiness and limited ground has hard parts banging off the

The $16K MSRP of the Norge anti-lock brakes, an electronically windscreen, heated handgrips and a plug beneath the seat, nice detail touches its foot controls mounted on for a personalized fit. But for a sport-touring it’s missing some features such as storage in the fairing and cruise control. The fuel tank is made for and is good enough for more 200 miles between fill-ups.

Where the Norge exceeded is with its redesigned fairing. the Goose’s air-cooled cylinders are in proximity to the rider we’ve experienced the slow-roasting treatment to our and knees when riding Guzzis models. The Norge’s fairing does a better job at heat away from the an oppressive heat is no longer a of contention. We also had praise for the improved aerodynamics. “You can at triple-digit speed with no and crosswinds have little on this bike,” says “I was also surprised how not much heat gets to the rider, at stop lights.”

The electrically windscreen provides enough to affect windflow, directing it or over the top of a rider’s helmet. The of movement isn’t as much as on other S-Ts, and will affect riders differently on the height of the individual. What no will be able to reach removing a hand from a however, are the buttons to adjust the

Power from the transverse is routed through Guzzi’s shaft-drive layout, and it really Glenn. “The best I can give the shaft drive is I it had one! It was never an issue, so many other jerking I’ve ridden, this one is engineered and a perfect mate to the V-Twin.”

Detachable, hard come standard on the Norge, in Guzzi custom, require the nuances of attaching and detaching the from the bike, but after a few the process becomes second Either bag can hold a full-face They also have a piece that will hit the first in case of an accidental

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All of us, including Caroline, enjoyed the of the Norge. A new handlebar position the grips closer to a rider, and its are remarkably comfortable. “My wife the pillion seating better others bikes in its class and I this is a very comfortable to ride all day,” says

There must be a monthly Bad Day at the Guzzi factory. Determining the functionality of the electric windscreen be separated into two buttons up and one down) and placed on the inside of the brackets for the clutch and brake reservoirs out of easy thumb is head-scratchingly irrational. Why not a single operating both up and down mounted within thumb or reach on either the left or handlebar?

It’s almost as if a decision as this one is purposely made to the “it’s a Guzzi” theme

The Norge is decidedly distinct, but are several other sport-tourers which it must contend. The Sprint GT ($13,200) sits at the low end of the standing apart as a sportier but comfy alternative. Yamaha’s FJR1300 ($15,500) is significantly powerful and slightly cheaper, but a bigger, heavier machine. R1200RT is more comprehensively but its base price starts at

Honda’s ST1300, at $17,700, is and bulkier. Interestingly, none of sport-tourers duplicate another’s format.

The Norge proved as a capable sport-tourer that the niche Moto Guzzi has for itself and for the motorcyclists who desire a motorcycle: For Guzzi enthusiasts, the imperfections are an integral part of its

“I would say the Moto Guzzi is a bike for people who want different,” Glenn sums up. “It different and sounds different, more visceral, sensual. I got hand waves, stares at lights and people wanting to at gas stations than on other bikes I’ve sampled.

man waited for us as we were leaving our sushi restaurant just to ‘This bike is the most I have ever seen – is it?’ I responded, ‘Moto it’s Italian.’ He was very Me, too!”

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