Moto Guzzi Norge first impressions

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

  1. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    I've never had any problems with my 08 Norge other than the side stand.
  2. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    I believe Kevin M ran a larger wire to the starter on the Jackal, the 1100 that he had before the Breva... That particular m/c had key switch issues as I recall...


    Correct...


    Side stand switches can be troublesome on any model and they have been on mostly the EV, Jackal, SS, Bassa models...

    I have had no issues on the '07 Norge since new (started riding it in 4/08) and she now has 44K on it...
  3. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    Side stand switches can be troublesome on any model and they have been on mostly the EV, Jackal, SS, Bassa models.

    Mine issue was with the side stand bolts as MG don't do lock tight :rofl
  4. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    Ahh, with ya... We were talking about electrical gremlins so I just went with the side stand cut out switch issues that have come up from time to time that leads to the dreaded non starting condition on the models that I mentioned... The actual side stand bolts on those are bullet proof...

    The Norge however, does suffer from the 10MM Allen head securing bolt on the side stand backing out.

    And correct, Guzzi does not always know how to secure threads or grease a rear drive coupling or neck bearings. Check those components at tire time or on older Guzzis, the neck bearings.
  5. ddddd

    ddddd Adventurer

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    Well I would if I could work out how to do it
  6. optimum_malarky

    optimum_malarky Premium nonsense

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    I'm checking out Norge as a comfortable commuter and sport touring bike. The girlfriend wants to be comfy first, and go fast second. I want something with some charm and that is different (not yet ready for a Harley). Which years should I be considering? I would like good handling, including braking, reasonable power and reliability, so I can travel without excessive worry. Thoughts?

    By the way, I am 6'1" and she is probably 5'2". I am thinking used at the moment.
  7. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    2008 or newer would be a good bet
    I'm 6'2" so you should be happy.
    short money for used generally speaking
  8. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    I would think that a Norge would cover all your requests. I own an 08 as well and both the GF and I find it to be a very satisfying motorcycle. The longer you own it the more you like it in spite of a few quirks.
    BTW I'm 5'8" and she is 5'2"
  9. optimum_malarky

    optimum_malarky Premium nonsense

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    What are the quirks that you've noticed?
  10. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    There are some great buys on '08's and '09's. I have 16,000 on my '08 and the bike is still going strong.
    A few weeks ago I experienced the red triangle. It was there for the first 2 miles. Then I stopped at a friend's house, and when I started it up the red triangle was gone. No problems since, but it is cold up here and too much rain to get out!
    Try one out and see if it fits you.
  11. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    The last thing I would want to do is scare you off from at least checking a Norge out.

    I lost one of the side stand bolts while we were on a ride, but I did know of this prior and should have addressed this earlier before it happened.

    The Norge requires 10w60 motor oil which is kinda pricey, but then again most synthetic oils are anyway. To check the oil on 08-09 you have to remove a rubber plug on the L side fairing to get to the dipstick. The 07 didn't even have the rubber plug. The 8v Norge has a access panel.

    The suspension is a little on the soft side for aggressive sport riding but, better tires than stock make a world of difference and dial in max. preload

    Over all I really love this bike and have no regrets buying it.:wink:
  12. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    If you read the first five or six pages of this thread, virtually all the quirks of the early Norge are addressed. Remember, Loctite is your friend.

    jdg <-- '07 Norge, 36,000miles of wonderful riding.
  13. karmatourer

    karmatourer STD free

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    Possibly a center stand would have avoided scenario # 3.
    I have never idled any bike on the side stand for just that reason.Sorry that happened to you.

  14. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Senario #3 was when I was offloading my bike in Tiberon CA. on a street that I was not familiar with. I was warming up the bike while parked on a slight downward slope toward the gutter. I turned around and boom. it was over. I usually do not warm up the bike with the center stand.
    Note to self. Do not park the bike on a slight downward slope.
  15. karmatourer

    karmatourer STD free

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    Further back?It's in the next country already!:rofl

  16. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    I actually moved it back (about 1 1/2 ")as far as it would go to give my wife extra room.
  17. blacktruck

    blacktruck Been here awhile

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    Somewhat new to the forum, somewhat newer the Norge but I'll chance a reply anyway. Been lurking here for awhile. I'm away from home and after reading the various stories and escapades of some riders, I had my mind set on a KLR. Solid tractor like performance with farkles of all kinds available at almost any Walmart or similar store. As I was reading :deal the stories, I ran across one of a guy riding a Norge. Hmm, never heard of them. Must be a bike that really isn't good or popular. I did like the pics he posted but I didn't think that meant much. I've liked the looks of lots of bikes I never really wanted. As I read more on a few other forums, my opinion changed. I wanted one. Fast forward a few months and my R&R is coming soon so I went on the hunt. I found an 11 model in Texas. Less than 3k miles and it is black:clap That was the one I was looking for. All that and it had the factory trunk. I was hooked. I flew in to my home and a day later got on another plane to go and bring it home. I've been riding for about forty plus years. Damn that makes me sound old. Had a lot of bikes of about all different types and makes. This is the most fun and comfortable bike I've ever owned :D Made a flying trip home and rode every chance I could until I flew back to here. This is a bike that I would never sell and I know now that I will have another MG or two in the garage soon. Still no KLR but I will get one of those too one of these days. The Norge is a great bike but we need to make sure and not tell anyone else about them. Let's keep them all to ourselves....
    Probably not practical I guess. Ahh well. what the hell? They are an awesome bike with few flaws that I can find. My observations aren't based on years of riding one but from 2000 miles of hard riding before I left home again. Maybe in time I will find something I don't like, for the first 2k, I would say not a thing so far. Gas it and go and have fun..
  18. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Black? BLACK??? And the truck too?? :huh


    Wonder what color boxers you wear? :lol3




    Welcome to the Norge Club. But you've been misinformed about the color. Red is the one.

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  19. Rider

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    Sure is purdy ... :tb
  20. blacktruck

    blacktruck Been here awhile

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    Yep, the truck too. Boxers??? Who has time for underwear???? :evil
    I've heard unsubstantiated rumors about the red color. Damn sure is purty.....:freaky