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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Moto Guzzi’s Norge tourer gets a makeover for 2011. Now called the Norge GT 8V, it has a new chassis, body panels and the latest evolution of the Italian firm’s eight valve engine, replacing the old two-valve motor. It also comes with an impressive array of goodies, all included in the price too. It’s as comfortable as ever with a plush ride, but Guzzi have stiffened up the suspension to help its composure on fast motorway bends. It’s an improvement on the old model, but still on the heavy side and that blunts some of your enjoyment. 


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Producing 102bhp and 77ftlb of torque, the Norge GT 8V is powered by an air-cooled 1151cc, 90° V-twin motor with fuel injection and shaft drive. In typical Guzzi style the motor is mounted long-ways in the chassis, with a cylinder head poking out each side of the bike. There’s a decent amount of poke from the engine, the throttle response is very smooth and the soundtrack is reminiscent of an old Ducati 916. It’s fast enough to have fun on, but relaxed for gentle cruising.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

A stiffer suspension set-up makes the Norge GT 8V more poised on fast sweepers and it handles well enough for spirited riding in the twisty stuff. Ground clearance is greatly improved but the centre stand will touch down if pushed hard. But weighing in at hefty 257kg dry (28kg more than a BMW R1200RT), the Guzzi needs to be gently coaxed rather than taken by the scruff of its neck, for best results. The riding position is very roomy, even for taller riders and the seat is very soft, which is fine for some, but a pain for some of our testers.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

There’s a decent amount of goodies as standard, like ABS, heated grips, sat nav, panniers and an on-board computer. It has an electrically-adjustable screen but its buttons are quite crude – one of the left bar and one on the right, out of reach when you’ve got your hands on the bars. Optional extras include a top box, tank bag and a low seat option.

Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,132
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Engine size 1151 cc
Power 102 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Build quality is very good, there are lots of high spec cycle parts, like the Brembo brakes. There are lots of glowing reviews from owners of the original Norge, so expect the new one to be good on the reliability front.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

You can pick up a Suzuki GSX1250 FA ST and a Triumph Sprint GT for less money, but they won’t come with the Guzzi’s impressive array of standard equipment. It comfortably undercuts the BMW R1200RT, Honda VFR1200, Kawasaki 400GTR and Yamaha FJR1300A. If you’re after a relaxed, comfortable tourer with bags of character and lots of toys, the Norge GT 8V is superb value for money.


Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2011

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Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 102 bhp
Max torque 104 ft-lb
Weight 257 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1151 cc
Engine specification 8v, V-twin
Frame Tubular steel double cradle with single sided swingarm/shaft drive system.
Front suspension adjustment 45mm forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 282mm single disc with twin-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Norge GT 8V


    Average rating rating is 4

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    After already trying the earlier 4V version, this is a great improvement. Lovely chracterful engine, great riding position and comfort (400 miles in a day no problem). However, your review says you get a Sat Nav, which you don't. I had to add my own. Overall though, I'm loving it! Looking forward to getting across to Europe on it next year, fingers crossed.

    08 October 2011


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i wish you would include mpg figures, with the cost of fuel it is a big thing in choosing what bike to buy. some cars are now advertising 88mpg so why are bikes lagging behind?

15 October 2011 11:24


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Torque roughly follows displacement in any NA engine. It's a 1200cc bike, therefore it's 77 ft/lb.

19 May 2011 13:20



Torque values

Your Engine review above lists the torque value at 77ftlb but below when you give the specs you list it as 104ftlb?

Can you explain which one is it please?

04 May 2011 10:05

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