Spotted: Moto Guzzi Norge npeeg maus taus

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Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

Spotted: Moto Guzzi Norge

The Moto Guzzi Norge has been on the periphery of my awareness of touring bikes for some time. Ib qhov ntxiv ciav ua qauv rau cov lag luam, cas nws tseem mus yuav tau ib lub priced zoo thiab ntau yam kev phem – yog tseem yog ib lub heaviest. Muaj ib tug qauv tshiab tso tawm no yav tas los xyoo, yog txoj kev dag zog thiab muab Moto Guzzi nyob rau hauv cov hoob relentless, tus Norge yog tsis liam fab txawm nyob touring tuab heev hnub no tus lag luam.

Zoo li ntau npe Italian maus taus, Moto Guzzi yog zoo siab incredibly ntawm nws cov cuab yeej cuab tam, thiab cov Norge muaj ib tug tshwj tshwj xeeb. Nws yog hu ua tom qab lub GT Norge, lub tuam txhab groundbreaking 1928 qauv – nws tus kheej lub npe tis rau cov airship uas yog cov xub ya hla lub ncov. Cov 500cc GT Norge tiav 4,000-mais no caij los ntawm lub tuam txhab Italian HQ rau lub Norway Lapland, ob sab ntug Arctic voj-voos.

Nws yog tus nqi tsheb uas peb yuav muab cov lus raws li tus ntoo khaub lig-continental trek epic txawm hnub no, thiab nyob rau hauv 1928 nws xub ces tiv thaiv kab mob rau lub xeev ntawm tej kev. Qhov muaj ib tug taw tes los ua pov thawj: lawv rear swingarm ncua kev kawm ntawv teeb – lub npe thiaj – ua haujlwm, thiab yuav pab kom journeys ntawm mus ntau dua li uas raug txwv tsis pub tolerable. Kws ua choj Guiseppe Guzzi ua rau lub txawv tebchaws nyob rau plaub lub lis piam.

Thaum cov cov Norge yog reintroduced rau 2005, nws nrog cua-qhov-tsim fairing thiab lub neej tshiab nimno v-ntxaib cav thiab accoutrements emerged, tsev kawm ntawv ntawd caij tib heev. Cov ntaub ntawv cia tib si yog tseeb, though it was not without its issues. Reports of an uncomfortable seat, vibration-happy handlebars and an overheating engine clouded an otherwise solid release.

Tus 2011-2012 release cycle has seen a heavily redesigned model released, sporting a new fairing, rooj zaum, tso, panniers, electronically adjustable screen and eight-valve engine. According to press reports, up to 80% of the bike is new. Torque is up by 20% on the old model, alongside a 7% horsepower increase.

With great power also comes great comfort; the suspension is fully adjustable (and a tad firmer) and by all accounts of good quality, and the new seat has redressed the issues of the old.

The upgrades are much needed for a bike in a market dominated by old lineages of sport-tourers. It’s clear that Moto Guzzi are angling for the Norge to go toe-to-toe with Honda’s VFR1200, Triumph’s Sprint GT and other practical all-rounders that double as competent touring bikes. The Norge certainly sports the weight of a tourer – at 257kg without fuel, it is heavier than most competitorsbut it also boasts an impressive array of accessories.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring

With a standard set of luggage, heated grips, ABS and a bluetooth-enabled Tom Tom GPS, the rather painful-looking £11,549 price tag doesn’t seem so bad. This makes for an especially interesting comparison with BMW’s higher-tech and higher-price R1200RT. Though a full 24kg lighter than the Norge, the BMW is also a thousand pounds moreand that’s without heated grips or a GPS.

With this said, I can’t help feeling serious doubts about the Norge as a genuine all-rounder. The incredible weight and new seating position – an uneasy compromise between high, sporty pegs and upright handlebars – mean that if weaving through traffic is your everyday life there are a thousand other bikes that will make your life easier. Having said that, if you have the upper arm strength to handle it and favour touring, the new Norge’s minimal nods to fun and performance may give your long ride the extra enjoyment a purebred tourer might fail to provide.

The final trick to making the most of the Norge’s considerable attributes is, of course, money – and perhaps more of it than you have concerns about depreciation. Tus 2012 edition has undergone changes large and small, and all are significant and go a long way towards justifying the “new bike” premium. To buy an older Norge would be to resign yourself to the constant knowledge that you aren’t experiencing the bike at its best.

This may not be a problem, of course, and indeed you can find models over five years old for between five and seven thousand pounds. Even better, they don’t tend to venture above 20,000 miles, with 10,000-strong odometers a common sight. But they won’t be quite as spectacular and polished, and you’ll need to budget in 6,250-mile service intervals in any case.

The new Norge is a compelling motorcycle, and indeed a surprisingly practical one. On the basis of research alone, how highly I recommend it comes down in large part to how much you fancy your chances hauling it around a u-turn in the middle of nowhere halfway across Europe. If it passes that test, it might just be one of the best deals on the grand touring market today.

Moto Guzzi Norge Sport Touring


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