MOTO-GUZZI NORGE GT 8V (2011-on) Review

Published: 25 April 2011

Guzzi's RT-style tourer last got an update in 2011 and it shows. Aging and crude but still useful and charismtaic

Moto Guzzi Norge GT

Guzzi's RT-style tourer last got an update in 2011 and it shows. Aging and crude but still useful and charismtaic

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI NORGE GT 8V (2011-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI NORGE GT 8V (2011-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Norge 1200 GT 8v private review

11 November 2015 by Cameron Clarke

Great for touring and have 'done' the Pyrenees and France this year, some 2500 miles over 10 days with a wide variety of roads and never found her lacking even on very tight twisties. I have found her a little heavy for Town work and she has a... Read more tendency to over-heat if stuck in heavy traffic for any prolonged periods. She is built for touring and she does that very well and is so comfortable. The panniers can take a full face helmet and she has plenty of grunt.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
She is best touring and on longer runs. very comfy and I have ridden 500 miles non-stop apart from re-fuelling no problem.
Engine
5 out of 5
No issues here- she has plenty of grunt and pulls away very smoothly.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
I have had a problem with the oil light coming on which needed a new switch and some over-heating problems, so is back in the garage to try to find the fault. A previous owner didn't look after her very well and I might have to change the disc's to get through the MOT.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
No major issues and she is quite cheap to run compared to other major competitors.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Equipment level is fine. I don't think all the fancy stuff and electronics you get with BMW are really necessary anyway.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer and paid for an extended warranty, just in case. I have not had any problems though. Paid £7500 with a £500 discount from advertised price.

4 out of 5

Norge GT 8V

08 October 2011 by Doug45

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... Read more own. Overall though, I'm loving it! Looking forward to getting across to Europe on it next year, fingers crossed.

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

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued -
New price £12,132
Used price £7,000 to £12,200
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost £250
Performance
Max power 102 bhp
Max torque 104 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 204 miles
Specification
Engine size 1151cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle with single sided swingarm/shaft drive system.
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 257kg
Front suspension 45mm forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2011

Other versions

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