Guzzi Norge — Canada Moto Guide

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Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

Guzzi Norge

You guys all had a girlfriend who excited you beyond but was occasionally impossible to live right? Perhaps you ladies had similar boyfriends … Anyway, a relationship is an excellent introduction to motorcycles.

I must confess to had a sneaking attraction to Guzzis about 1980, when I a couple of weeks with a at that time the marque’s model. I liked it enough to that it was an exotic that, most, might actually sense as a daily ride.

came a Canadian, and indeed American, distributor/dealer/manufacturer collapse. since the huge Piaggio has taken over the company in the few years has there been a So the line is again available in just in time to celebrate its anniversary this year.

The is Guzzi’s sport touring

Photo: Moto Guzzi

is a long way of saying that finally, 30 years later – Lord – had another couple of with a Moto Guzzi. one was the Norge GT 8V, which roughly with a BMW R1200RT, Honda etc. – touring stuff heated grips, luggage, windscreen, and a comfy seat, with a sporty ride and

The Norge (Norwegian for Norway) is to commemorate Giuseppe Guzzi’s from Mandello del Lario, to the north end of Norway in 1928, so definitely an appropriate handle for a touring machine.

It all looked and sounded good. when the Piaggio rep delivered the to me and I asked how to remove the bags, he they were fiddly, bother, just put soft inside.

Cue slight uneasiness …


An Italian tourer, rolling hills and a fall day. Perfect.

I on a day-long trip to meet ‘Arris and Costa in Bristol, to start the 2011 annual CMG tour. That entailed a of entertaining roads through the National Forest after the border (unusually easy, as the liked the looks of the “Guzzo,” and to talk bikes before he me through).

The Guzzi was great in the it’s hardly light at 257 kg lb) but doesn’t feel anything that except when it off the side stand. It’s and solid, but also feels and precise in corners, a good and an absolute joy on the twisty Adirondack roads.

Throttle and clutch are light and easy to use, as is the lever, which provides stopping power through calipers. The suspension is adjustable for at both ends plus damping on the single rear but the standard settings were for me and my luggage (I’m maybe a bit than average, no doubt at average for weight).

Seat look too stepped but it’s low and puts your knees up your head if you’re six feet.

You always wonder a bit about electronics, but everything worked during the CMG New England brew-pub Three-level electric grips, Electrically-adjustable windscreen, yes.

dash readouts, from fuel consumption to highest top achieved (oops!), yes. No at all.

The thing that me above all else (not the reliable electrics) was how comfortable the proved to be. I had two long days on it, my home in Napanee to Bristol, and the returning home from VT at the end (that was close to a nine-hour day to exploring some new roads), and I was the whole way.

I’d just several weeks riding a Gold Wing and while I say the Norge was exactly Gold plush, it’s still comfortable and an excellent long-distance

The Norge handled well and was a to ride.

Height matters. I was comfortable even though I knee cramps from the high pegs; didn’t to my surprise. Costa is taller me and he found the riding position but giant-sized Editor ‘Arris his knees up around his ears and figures it would limit any rides on the bike.

The 1200 is an absolute joy.

We were all with the riding characteristics on the and hilly roads of New England. The on-and-off damp conditions to the challenge, but no matter what the surface we all found the bike comfortable, and strong as it got pitched corners with varying and amounts of brio.

The Pirelli Angel tires may have been part of – they certainly felt the whole way – and for sure the package was a

Everyone was content to stay on the as long as possible (‘Arris’ about the footpegs aside) – it was predictable and easy to ride, the advantage in extremis of ABS – more electronics that I’m glad to say of us ended up needing to explore.

are quite traditionally styled but not appreciated by all.

A big part of the is the engine, which is a delight. the new 1,151cc, eight-valve V-twin pumps out 102 hp. Lots of go available at any rpm with a big but somehow friendly vibration up to about 3,000.

It progressively smoother after yet still the mirrors are remarkably at any speed. It’s almost taking a big happy puppy for a run than riding a bike.

We had opinions on the fairing and dash ‘Is Editorship and Costa thought the was moderately ugly, and that the looked old-fashioned. I on the other didn’t mind the fairing it for the way it worked, actually; much protection than you’d from a first glance) and the dash charmingly retro and to read. We’ll set that one for “personal preference” and move on.

One appearance thing we all agreed on was the fairing hid too much of the engine. admittedly the big V-twin does a bit like a water pump, we all that the mechanical bits of a should be celebrated rather hidden.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring


Of all the Fall Tour bikes, the was the most fun to ride.

You may recall the Piaggio rep was reluctant to show me how to the saddlebags from the bike, so I Loading my soft bags the cases, and certainly not overstuffing I was very careful with the – two per case, the over-centre kind, one – but at my first gas stop I found one of the ones open. I closed it, carefully rechecked them all proceeding.

“The bag, eet go off for own.” Guzzi haven’t got the bag thing sorted.

Later, on a bit of road near Lake I stopped to put on a rain jacket of the menacing sky and found the locked on the same bag open. Eek … I re-latched and it double-carefully, checked them all and tried harder to avoid bumps.

Next day, we heading across the Appalachian Gap on Rte 17, I heard that distinctive of plastic on pavement – if you’re a race track much, you the sound – and I frantically braked to a

Costa, following me, has already and found the bag by the time I parked and walking back. The same bag had popped the two latches has successfully Remarkably, neither latch so my laptop was okay and I didn’t to chase clothing through the forest.

Shaft drive is single sided but is anything but

We fiddled it back on, but noticed rub marks on the mounts where shouldn’t have been any – the thing had been moving a fair bit before it jumped The bag seemingly hadn’t been properly on the forward-most mount delivered, or else had just loose on its own, because I’d removed the case.

Our suspicions of initial installation were as after we put it back on properly, it budge for the remainder of the trip. care is to be exercised, to say the least.

The big thing on the “erratic” side: the are atrocious. The pivot for the centre is in such an odd place that I barely heave the bike up on a flat concrete surface; a big guy like ’Arris had trouble

brakes and ABS round off the list of goodness.

Meanwhile, from day one the stand seemed too short, the bike to lean over too requiring a serious yank to get it It was only after getting that I realized the bike was leaning more than it had – the damn stand was bending. retracted, it now interferes with the and the spring is fouling the bodywork.

How hard is it to make the stands on a bike?

But the luggage and the stands us shaking our heads. Surely 90 years of practice Moto can do better.

A bit of a pumpkin? The styling to be just a bit un-Italian.

I’d love to the Norge in my stable (as if I could a “stable”) – but I’d have to find way to fix those two issues. Probably any welder would be able do with the side stand, and as for the stand, who really needs one on a bike (unless the side snaps off, that

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