2012 Moto Guzzi Norge GT8V — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Moto Guzzi Mille GT 1000
Moto Guzzi Mille GT 1000

To Norway, the long way

The original of five years ago had plenty of attributes, but Moto Guzzi’s faired sport-tourer was criticized for a list of flaws including vibration, excessive heat its 1151cc, four-valve V-twin and an seat.

Now the Norge (Italian for in celebration of a Moto Guzzi’s journey to the Arctic Circle in is back, and it’s been updated. The new Norge GT8V very much like the old but 80 percent of its components are said to be starting with the eight-valve that gives the model its Guzzi has had an eight-valve engine in the and Griso for several years, but originally use it for the Norge because the requirement was midrange rather top-end performance.

That concern has now been by the latest high-cam V-twin, Guzzi claims has 20 percent torque across the rev range as as an extra 7 horsepower on top. The air-cooled motor also temperatures down with cylinder fins and a larger oil with attached fan.

The has also been revamped firmer springs at both and new damping rates. Brakes are Brembo with ABS fitted as The bodywork is new but retains the traditional look and twin headlamps.

The is re-contoured as is the windscreen, and the handlebar has lifted and brought closer to the for a more upright riding There are now grab handles for a and the standard-fitment saddlebags have redesigned. A top box is available as an accessory.

Pressing the starter button the big longitudinal V-twin to life, and it into a lazy idle. out from our launch base Florence in Italy, my initial of the new engine was that it felt flexible. It was happy to chug at 3000 rpm, then up revs instantly given a of throttle.

With a claimed 102 bhp a bike that’s said to 602 pounds wet, the Norge’s performance was never going to with the latest breed of and six-cylinder supersport-tourers. But there was than enough acceleration for an quick ride on the roads north toward the Mugello circuit, and the Guzzi cruised at 90 mph a relaxed, loping feel.

Comfort at speed was pretty too, thanks in part to the adjustable windscreen, operated by a hard-to-reach pair of thumb The new rubber-mounted handlebar did a good job of vibes from my hands the new seat proved wide and I found the Norge commendably although some riders the distance between the seat and was too tight. Shame there’s no height adjuster under the as on the Guzzi Stelvio.

Moto Guzzi Mille GT 1000

At least the fairly high allow plenty of cornering

It needs it, too, because the firmer suspension means it corners better than For a fairly big, heavy, sport-tourer, the Norge was wonderfully and flicking from side to was just a matter of nudging the handlebar and letting the Guzzi the road. The Pirelli Angel ST supplied plenty of grip and the sidestand and centerstand allow lean angle to make use of it.

My suspension-related complaint was that if you add and a passenger, you’re also to want to add spring preload to the The Norge could do with a adjuster as fitted to the Stelvio, or still the option of electronically suspension as offered on BMW’s and Ducati’s Multistrada 1200. the Guzzi does come with ABS, the brakes quite as powerful as those to other bikes in this

What makes the Norge is its punchy, smooth-running engine and a chassis that allows for enjoyable riding on twisty It promises to cover distance in comfort, too. With of the original Norge’s failings now put the GT8V must be regarded as a contender against BMW’s RT and all the as its price is very competitive.

The Norge’s instrument console traditional chrome-rimmed gauges a modern digital display. is higher and nearer the rider, it easier to read.

Moto Guzzi Mille GT 1000
Moto Guzzi Mille GT 1000


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