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Old 12-22-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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2013 Moto Guzzi Norge

Been doing some research on the new Norge and giving serious thought to ordering one. Am very fortunate to have a good dealer in my area so that is covered but was wanting to hear from anyone who might have any info on these bikes. I have to say I think these bikes are just stunning and one might need to join the stable ! Thanks for any info.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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Norge

If your not SURE don't do anything. Personally I'd stay away from new Guzzi's.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:03 AM   #3
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If your not SURE don't do anything. Personally I'd stay away from new Guzzi's.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:06 AM   #4
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Had several Guzzi motorcycles in past, last one a 1995 California, all of them were good to own and I easy to maintain. The wife felt the back seat on the Guzzi was one of the best. The Seattle, WA dealer has an excellent reputation going back years. Only thing I notice is the resale is poor. Several left over Norge models have been listed deeply discounted, and ones on craigslist with low miles sell for around 8,000.

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:06 AM   #5
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Read some of the threads where you'll find people who know what they're talking about.

The new Guzzis are awesome. I have a new Stelvio and it trumps everything similar out there.

The 8-valve motor in the new bikes is very strong and basically trouble-free.

Guzzis have the special appeal of a V twin motor and the do not have the over-done technical features and problematic final drives that cause BMWs to be so unreliable (I have 4 BMWs).
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:18 AM   #6
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I had a Breva and loved it... :)

When I buy another Guzzi I'm going to want it to look like a Guzzi, jugs and all. The Griso is bloody lovely, the V7, the Cali..

but the Norge, IMO, lacks the distinctiveness that makes Guzzis attractive to me so any decision I made to buy it would be based on a more empirical basis.

cost of farkles
cost of servicing
etc etc

All opinion though ;)
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:25 AM   #7
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I had an 07 Norge and would DEFINITELY buy the new model Norge!

Previously had 05 FJR and the 07 Guzzi was way more comfortable and sexy.
If I had a dealer within reach I would not hesitate about a new Guzzi...
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #8
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If your not SURE don't do anything. Personally I'd stay away from new Guzzi's.
OldHippie....you are my friend but you are WAY off on that statement. They are the best guzzi has ever made!
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #9
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Been doing some research on the new Norge and giving serious thought to ordering one. Am very fortunate to have a good dealer in my area so that is covered but was wanting to hear from anyone who might have any info on these bikes. I have to say I think these bikes are just stunning and one might need to join the stable ! Thanks for any info.
I have a 2012 Norge which is no different to the 2013 model, only advise I could give you would be to make sure who ever gives it its first service really knows what they are doing as Guzzi engines come from the factory poorly set ie throttle body balance and valve clearance will be out and makes a noticeable difference when set correctly. Other than that it depends on what you want in a bike, I was after a small simple touring bike with decent handling and suspension that would be easy to maintain myself, I would only use it for two up work and longer rides (as I have a far more powerful bike I would use most of the time)
Now after three months (and over 6000k's) of ownership I can state that despite the fact that its by far the least powerful bike I have ever owned its is in fact the most enjoyable bike I have ever owned to the point where it is the only bike I ride now, The handling, suspension and brakes have all exceeded my expectations, with the ability to simply remove the panniers this bike can fulfill all roles for me

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #10
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I have a 2012 Norge which is no different to the 2013 model, only advise I could give you would be to make sure who ever gives it its first service really knows what they are doing as Guzzi engines come from the factory poorly set ie throttle body balance and valve clearance will be out and makes a noticeable difference when set correctly. Other than that it depends on what you want in a bike, I was after a small simple touring bike with decent handling and suspension that would be easy to maintain myself, I would only use it for two up work and longer rides (as I have a far more powerful bike I would use most of the time)
Now after three months (and over 6000k's) of ownership I can state that despite the fact that its by far the least powerful bike I have ever owned its is in fact the most enjoyable bike I have ever owned to the point where it is the only bike I ride now, The handling, suspension and brakes have all exceeded my expectations, with the ability to simply remove the panniers this bike can fulfill all roles for me


Just one of the responses I was hoping to here ! Sounds like a very satisfied owner.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:04 AM   #11
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I am one of the happy '08 Norge 2v owners.
I have not ridden the new one to compare, but I am satisfied with the old one for sure.
One of the huge tipping points for me was buying a brand new bike that was 2 years old with the full 2 year warranty for a lot less than the new ones are going for.
My only complaint is the color. I really don't like black.
I have done a few modifications to the bike like windshield and hand guards, but I have left the engine stock.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #12
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Just my Moto Guzzi experience

I wouldn't buy another of the current generation of Moto Guzzi. Most unreliable, problematic motorcycle I ever bought new.

My dealer is 'supposed' to be one of the best in the country, when in fact, the incompetence displayed was shocking.

Much as I wanted to love that thing, I couldn't wait to get rid of it.




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Old 12-24-2012, 10:47 AM   #13
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Just one of the responses I was hoping to here ! Sounds like a very satisfied owner.
The Norge, Breva, and 1200 Sport share the same basic chassis, and are excellent bikes.
My 1200 Sport was a fantastic bike, full of character and one of the most reliable, best built bikes out there.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #14
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I've got an '07 Norge and love it (currently 36000miles). I'd love to get one of the new ones as it looks like Guzzi has fixed all the little things that have us first generation owners scratching our heads wondering what the hell Guido was thinking when he did that? Additionally, the suspension has been improved out of the box. I don't know that I'd do the same upgrades to a new one as I did to mine.

The bikes are mostly trouble free - every make and model has exceptions - and are a blast to own. If the bike speaks to you, you'll never be satisfied until you own one or more of them. Maintenance is simple and easy. Granted, I have the 2-valve per head motor, but it takes 30 minutes to adjust the valves from the time when I decide to do it until I'm tightening down the last valve cover screw. Oil changes are a piece of cake as well. The only things that are a bit of a pain are changing the air filter and the inner spark plugs. Fortunately neither has to be done very often.

Take a test ride. If it feels good to you, then go for it.

With the current crop of Guzzis heading out the doors as fast as they come in, it's also doing good things for the used prices. The left overs are still selling for what they were three years ago, and the used bike market has come up a bit from a year or two ago.

Now, if they only had the Norge in that red/maroon that was in the original teaser photos available...


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Old 12-27-2012, 01:58 PM   #15
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I love the current generation of Guzzis. Reliable, lovely to ride once you get them sorted. Go to www.guzzitech.com for some more info but honestly even with just the right map and the right initial set-up they run very well.
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