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.
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.
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.
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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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.