MOTO-GUZZI NORGE (2006-2011) Review

Published: 12 December 2006

"Soft suspension and a relaxed riding position lets you take full advantage of its 200-mile plus tank range"

Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 motorcycle review - Riding

"Soft suspension and a relaxed riding position lets you take full advantage of its 200-mile plus tank range"

  • At a glance
  • 1151cc  -  95 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  235 miles range
  • Insurance group: 13 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (800mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 3 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI NORGE (2006-2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Norge GT

25 December 2008 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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 !

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Norge GTL

10 July 2008 by shalsall

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

GT

02 October 2007 by botheras

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

1200TL

10 July 2007 by mike760

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £11,674
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 126 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 235 miles
Specification
Engine size 1151cc
Engine type 4-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 246kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None.

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