Moto Guzzi Norge first impressions

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Scott of the Sahara, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    I too have heard good things about Dave and Norge's. Good looking motorcycle.

    Congrats!
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  2. Sticky Throttle

    Sticky Throttle Happy wanderer

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    What a beautiful bike! :thumbup Congrats, and many happy miles.

    How is the vibration of the MG twin? Any heat issues?
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  3. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Welcome to the club - the Norge is a wonderful motorcycle that only gets better with use. I ride mine in 100* plus temps in full gear and don't have any issues with heat. There is a bit of vibration, but other than Honda Goldwings, I think almost every bike has some vibration. Each person has his/her own scale for judging what is acceptable. For me, it's minor and not annoying at all.
    Fortunately, once the bike is properly set-up they need very little maintenance that most owners cannot accomplish. It's very dependable, reliable and fun.

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    Enjoy the ride,

    jdg
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  4. sands

    sands Been here awhile

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    Nice looking bike ! My wife and I looked at some guzzi's the other day and she she loved the way they look and I agree...Very nice finish and details on them...I especially like the texture and contour of the seat.
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  5. speedysheep

    speedysheep Been here awhile

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    Whose VX800?
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  6. FutureBoxer

    FutureBoxer Adventurer

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    I frequently hear that Guzzis need to be set up a little by a knowledgeable dealer before they are just right.

    Could someone please explain a little more what that entails?
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  7. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    On the later models it is simply setting up the TB's and TPS and they are good to go.
    A the first service, adjust the valves, change fluids and recheck the TB's and TPS... Ride.

    Best,
    Rob

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  8. FutureBoxer

    FutureBoxer Adventurer

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    Oh, that's not too bad! How come the TBs and TPS aren't calibrated properly at the factory?
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  9. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    There is a fellow over on the wildguzzi board that has installed a fairly sophisticated electronic cruise control on his Norge…

    He is Zoom Zoom...

    Or use a Throttlemeister…

    Best,
    Rob
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  10. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    Oh they can be fine from Mandello however, just a cursory check to insure that the break in period will be enjoyable is all it takes. When they are spot on they're sa-weet.
    Mine has been on the 'puter twice in 30K miles and took little adjustment and that was just once for one TB which was slightly out of balance.

    I do the valves and all fluids and pay the local dealer to plug it in and check things out, one hour of labor... :thumb

    Best,
    rd
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  11. FutureBoxer

    FutureBoxer Adventurer

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    Thanks rd!

    I've had my eye on the Griso for a while now. One of these days I'd like to join the family.

    The Norge is a lovely looking bike though.

    Have never been sure how to pronounce it though!! Norje..... Norgay.... Norg... ??
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  12. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    First day home with it… Nov ‘07.…

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    I had surgery on my left foot and did not ride it until April of ‘08... :waysad I was able to ski that early February and ride early Spring.

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    Yes, ice still on the lake… Gotta love those heated grips and Gerbing’s… :thumb


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    Out playing Tag...

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    Nekked...

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    I have the prototype Heli-Bars on our Norge…


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    radzo___
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  13. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    Love the Moto Guzzis.
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  14. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    Mine with Dunlop Roadsmarts handles well on thepavement... I do not shy away from dirt roads when I encounter them and depending on surface she does fine.

    Not a GS with TKC-80's but it works... :lol3

    I have other tools for fire roads though... :thumb
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  15. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    I saw one, and was curiouis about it. I hate bringing a bike into a dealer though.
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  16. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    +1.

    Best shop around. Good people. I’ve bought two Aprilia’s from Dave and I live in Spokane where we have (or had) an Aprilia dealer just across the Idaho border at the time I bought them. Dave wrote the book on Moto Guzzi. Quite literally.
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  17. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    If the dealer puts the bike together correctly when they uncrate it, ensures the fluids are right, any and all recalls or factory service bulletins taken care of and actually ride it around the block to make sure all is well, then there shouldn't be any issue. Unfortunately, some less than knowledgeable dealers have seen fit to scrimp on the PDI and miss stuff that can be annoying and cause the first impression of the Guzzi to be less than stellar. Then again, there are some modifications to some of the bikes to make them handle much better than it is possible to make them handle from the factory. Setting the TPS and TBs is not that big a deal - heck now that I've seen the computer and helped Todd set the TBs on mine (Hey John, hand me that rag!) I'm sure I could do it myself if I owned the software and had a manometer.

    Early Norges (early '07s) had a vastly undersized rear spring. The later ones and on are better, but if you weigh much over 170 lbs riding weight, are a spirited canyon carver, or do a lot of 2-up, then you will want to modify the suspension. Getting rid of the Metzlers is the first step. I'm 100% on board with the Road Smarts - made an amazing change in the handling. Next, or maybe first, cut down the center stand stop - the rubber piece that keeps the center stand from hitting the frame. The '07s had one about 1" thick. It only needs to be around 1/4". That give you way more lean clearance. Dragging the center stand can have catastrophic results. Then Todd from Guzzi Tech talked me into the suspension upgrade - HyperPro shock and spring matched to my weight and riding style, HyperPro progressive front fork springs and cartridge emulators. The normal superlatives are inadequate to describe how much better the bike handles. The front end wallow in hard cornering is gone. The front end dive is gone (there is still some compression of the suspension but it doesn't feel like a 1960s Cadillac). The bike sticks to the pavement. The rider is now the limiting factor for handling in the twisties.

    Todd is working on me to do the ECU Flash, Power Commander and Auto-Tune mods as well. The tech side of that mod has to do with remapping the ECU through the entire throttle range. The final result is a bike that runs better through the entire RPM range, has more power and runs cooler with optimal air/fuel mixture. The down side is 1 or 2 MPG less economy. I'm still up in the air on that one as it's another $1K. I'm sure it's worth it, I'm just not sure I personally would get $1K worth of improvement for the way I ride.

    As a side note, I get much better mileage running hard in the canyons than I do cruising at 75 or so on the freeway - the bike likes running in 4th and 5th gear around 5K RPMs.

    Oh yes, and get the 1200 Sport mirrors if the stock ones vibrate too much (mine did) - $51.00 a pair from all the usual sources.

    Don't worry if the bike seems to use a bit of oil between oil changes. The Guzzis will find their own "proper" level. Many (mine included) don't like the factory specified amount of oil and will blow out a bit until it gets down to where it wants to be (check the drain line). Then no more is used until the next oil change when the process repeats. What can I say, she's Italian.

    I also purchased mine from Moto International. Great folks to work with, and definitely get a copy of Guzziology from Dave (he wrote it). Although it is really more beneficial to those who own older Guzzis, there is enough on the newer bikes to make it well worth the cost, and besides, once you own one Guzzi, you'll probably own another and the book may be even more helpful.

    I love mine - did another 200 miles just goofing off today. The bike just runs better and better and always puts a smile on my face.

    jdg
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  18. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Very helpfull info here! I will be checking out a Norge next week as a possible replacement for my LT. How well will this bike fit a tall guy? I'm 6'4" with a 36" inseam and wonder if my knees will hit the cylinder heads.
    Also what oil is recommended as I do my own service work. I read about certain Guzzi's requiring an exotic oil (15w-60?) which is rather pricey.

    Thanks! :D
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  19. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    I too picked up a new Norge just last Saturday. It's an '08 demo that had 1057 miles when I first rode it, but had never been sold so it still has all of the 2 year warranty. Haven't had it long enough for a final verdict, but I'm very pleased so far. I've already put the Helibars risers on it as my beat up old body doesn't appreciate as much lean as the Norge was giving me.

    You may find the seat to peg distance a little short. I'm 6'0" with 33" inseam and wouldn't mind having a little more room. If it gives me any problems I'll look into lowering the pegs. However, my son matches your measurements and he hasn't mentioned a problem with it.

    Recommended oil for the Norge is 10W-60, full synthetic. Available from Motorex, AGIP, and Redline. My dealer carries the Motorex at $15.95/liter. I've also found that it can be purchased directly from http://www.americanagip.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14_6&products_id=6 at $122.86 per case of 12 one liter bottles. It's also worth noting that the service interval is 6250 miles (10,000km), so if you use that interval, the cost is comparable to bikes that require oil changes at 3k miles.
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  20. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    Is this something you can do you yourself, if you buy a scanner, or do you have to put it on a dyno?

    I am pretty resistive about bringing a bike to a dealer, I like to do all my own work. Not to mention its just a nuicance.
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