Moto Guzzi Norge first impressions

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  1. vacantstare

    vacantstare Been here awhile

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    Looks great- does the Guzzi factory luggage rack accept Givi bags?

    I didn't know Rich's was local! that sounds like a great idea...

    thanks!
  2. jdgretz

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    Nope - different rack. Dave at MI can fix you right up as he did me. I don't have the pad on my Givi, but the wife's jacket gives her enough protection and padding that she does not feel the need for a bad on the top box. Also, the pad will require the passenger to be that much closer to you and may move you forward an inch or two as well.

    Although the two boxes are roughly the same size, the Guzzi box is shaped in such a way as to only allow one full face helmet to be carried/stored, where the Givi of the same size allows two helmets.

    jdg
  3. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    The Givi trunk holds my old full faced Scorpion helmets but not my new Shoei.
    Here is mine:
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    Drone, how did you get the paint to match on your trunk?
  4. DRONE

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    Just by eyeball. I sat down with the guy from my local paint shop and we just started going through books of red paint chips from different manufacturers. Did this in daylight standing next to the bike. Found one we both agreed looked about right. Had him paint the box and also the 1200 Sport chin fairing. Afterwards, we decided we'd done a good job 'cause the match looked just about perfect when the paint was dry.

    In my imaginary checkbook, the paint job was free because I bought the Givi from an inmate on the Flea Market for cheap, and even with the cost of the paint job it didn't cost me what a bare naked Givi box would have cost me new. :D

    Here's what the box looked like without paint. Pretty ugly on a red bike. YMMV.

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    But about your Givi--that looks like a different setup than mine. Your box looks like it's hanging farther back off the bike while mine is tucked up close. Yes?
  5. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    I moved mine back a couple of inches to give the misses a bit more room.
  6. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    So fess up, what color did you end up using? Buying Ferrari paint gets expensive :D

    jdg
  7. DRONE

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    That would be useful to know. Guess I shoulda written it down somewhere. :doh
  8. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Hey Drone, I think my mounting brackets must be different than yours. My wife feels scrunched as it is, your rig would be downright cosy.
  9. DRONE

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    Yah, I'm always modifying stuff and I don't remember exactly what I did to this one. But I just took a look under there and I can see that it's not totally standard. I musta mounted it that way on purpose 'cause I got no pillion riding with me.

    Here's another little thing I took care of today. My nice Guzzi brand tank bag always looks like a smashed hat so I got a thin kitchen cutting board, cut it in half lengthwise, riveted the two pieces together to make a "hatband" of sorts, covered the rivets with tape to make them smooth, then I put the whole thing inside my bag. Now it's nice and oval-shaped and it stands up straight!

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  10. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Also a while back I promised to post pics of my new seat from Rich's, then I never did. Sorry. Here it is--

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    I had to get the driver's backrest because I got something wrong with my back. Doctors can't find anything wrong--no slipped discs or anything like that--and the only thing that gives me relief on the bike is the stupid back rest. So laugh if you want but it works for me. Can be removed with one hard pull and the hole is then covered by that velcro patch on the front of the post.
  11. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Nobody ever replied to this post, so I guess I will!

    Decided to tap power right off the battery. Bought a pair of Hella horns which conveniently come in RED! Mounting was fairly straightforward but I did have to slim them down by dremeling off the ends of the "trumpets." Came out OK though, looks good, sounds good--not loud like a 18-wheeler but loud like a Mercedes, and no contact with the fender under compression.

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    You can also see in this pic the titanium colored 1200 Sport forks I installed.
  12. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Matching horns, cool
  13. vacantstare

    vacantstare Been here awhile

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    Well, I sold my KLR, so it's new bike time...I think it's going to be a Norge. Silver. I am wondering if I should make an offer on one of MI's '07s that are already steeply discounted, or just pay the asking price.
  14. jdgretz

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    My bet would be you could make and offer, but as the bikes are already so steeply discounted, and they continue to sell well at those prices, you'll end up paying what they are asking. (sounds like you already have the Guzzi owner attitude about spending money - you'll fit right in :D ).

    jdg
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    joe cool Been here awhile

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    Do it! I'm really liking my 08 Norge:clap
  16. Garak

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    The Norge has got to be the best looking sport-tourer on the market right now, to my eyes anyway. Can't wait until I finish school and get a real job again...
  17. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    I took a quick trip to Chelan, WA. (about 180 miles away) with my friend. He was riding his Ducati ST2 and I was riding the Norge. Today we switched bikes for about 50 miles. I was interested in his opinion of the Norge. He really liked it. HE liked the handling and the weather protection. He also liked the acceleration, but there was a bit more vibration at speed.
    The Ducati was a blast to ride but too much air in my face and too bent over riding position. While I was riding the Ducati my camera came out of my pocket and fell along the side of the road. We went back to look, but could not find it.
  18. DRONE

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    Ha! Serves you right! Flirt with the Devil and get slapped! That'll teach you! :rofl
  19. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    But I digress. He liked the handling, huh? Do you have the stock suspension? And is he a big guy or a little guy? And is he a poser, or somebody who's opinion holds water?
  20. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Good questions. My friend is a serious rider. He is a bit bigger and a few pounds lighter than I. One time while on a trip together going to Long Beach, WA. we came upon a stretch of road just before Long Beach. We stopped and he told me don't try and keep up I will wait for you 10 miles down the road at the end. I tried to go as fast as I was safe and he was out of sight in 30 to 60 seconds. He was riding an Aprillia Mille and I was on an old Suzuki GS 750. But still, I was impressed.
    My Norge has all the stock suspension, and stock motor.


    here we are on Steven's Pass. This was taken with his camera:
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