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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

There are few bikes as comfortable as Moto Guzzi’s Norge. Soft suspension and a relaxed riding position lets you take full advantage of its 200-mile plus tank range with no aches or pains, while the loud mechanical Italian exhaust note reminds you that you’re riding something with huge character and charm.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Moto Guzzi Norge’s air-cooled 1200cc V-twin is surprisingly smooth and so crammed with grunt that once you get going you rarely need to change gear. The new BMW-style shaft drive system running through the single sided swingarm is so good you’d easily be fooled into thinking it was a chain.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

In a straight line few machines offer up such a silky smooth ride but show the Moto Guzzi Norge a corner and its soft suspension gives up and turns to jelly. Even on a fast gentle motorway sweeper the Guzzi breaks into a weave and in tighter bends, although nimble, it ties itself into knots.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Compared to its biggest rival, the BMW R1200RT, the Moto Guzzi Norge doesn’t have too many bells and whistles on offer. You get panniers, a manually adjustable screen, ABS and a power socket but that’s about it. It would be nice to have fully adjustable suspension to give you more choice for set-up; and a radio.

Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 (2006-2011)

Detail Value
New price £11,674
Used price range View Moto Guzzi NORGE bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1151 cc
Power 95 bhp
Top speed 126 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Clattering, agricultural old Moto Guzzis are now a thing of the past. The Norge has an air of quality about it, is beautifully built and has some nice touches like Brembo brakes and unmistakable Italian styling. Like all new Guzzis built under Piaggio ownership the engines are smooth, gearboxes slick and shaft drives unobtrusive.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Costing £8657 the Moto Guzzi Norge is epic value for money when you compare it to the BMW R1200RT. The big Beemer is two-grand more in standard form and over four-grand more if you tick all its options boxes. If you’re serious about big mileage the Norge could be a great companion. Find a Moto Guzzi Norge for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2006: Moto Guzzi Norge launched.
2011: Renamed Moto Guzzi Norge GT

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 126 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.3 secs
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 246 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 235 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1151 cc
Engine specification 4-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Norge GT

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A great solo touring option. Extremely comfortable over any distance, the fairing will let you sit out in the breeze or raise the screen and you are in a completely protected bubble. Lots of toys including ABS, heated grips, power socket etc. It is surprisingly stable and easy to manouevre feet up at low speed and the seat height is such that I (5' 10'') can get both feet down whenever the need arises. The engine will pull in any gear at any revs and it sounds amazing, although top gear is only useful once you are above the legal limit. It also seems happy to go round corners as fast as I shall ever need. The lights are extremely good, at least as good as my car, and do not limit your speed on unlit country roads. Above all it is engaging - even when you stop for traffic lights you can feel all manner of stuff happening under you. I haven't tried it with a pillion - not sure there is enough room for their feet if you have the panniers on. Mine came with a dodgy fuel gauge which is not uncommon but was fixed under warranty. The panniers are a bit fiddly until you get the hang of it. Sidestand is a long way forward and can be a bit of a stretch sometimes. I love it !

    25 December 2008

  • Norge GTL

    shalsall

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Good bike, previously owned V50III (when less than half my age!, Honda XBR500, Honda CBX250, Honda CB1, Guzzi V11 sport, Guzzi Cali Titanium, Ducati GT1000 and then the Norge. For the two-up riding I do with my wife it is great. I wanted a real motorbike (air-cooled engine) but with comfort and reasonable build quality (huge improvement). Clocks are at the wrong angle to see easily and Sat Nav doesn't charge on the bike (dealer couldn't fix) but basic package is cheaper than BMW for same spec (everything you could wish for is standard on GTL) with more character and nice, easy handling. Engine has plenty of torque. I do miss the 12v socket from the Cali Titanium though for easy battery topping up in winter. All in all, give this a chance - it's really good if you hate the arm ache from all the ugly paint crotch rockets that have zero charisma or style. Steve H from T. Wells

    10 July 2008

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Awesome bike. I've tested loads of bikes over the years and this is the only one I didn't prefer my old bike over. I've done 8600 miles in 7 months including Rome and back. It's the sort of bike when you're potentially arriving early you find some more side roads to ride. Downsides? Suspension is too soft for two up riding. The Italians don't do good production engineering (fairing niggles), but whereas that would drive me ballistic with a Jap bike, the soul that the Norge has more than compensates

    02 October 2007

  • 1200TL

    mike760

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Moved from BMW to Guzzi and am glad I did. The overall package is superior. Shame though there are only 2 models to choose from as would have preferred the GT. You can ride this bike (as I have) all day. Sounds good too. The only niggle is that there is no grab bar to aid putting the bike on centre stand, this is even more awkward with panniers fitted. That said, I love this bike.

    10 July 2007

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