Moto Guzzi Norge first impressions

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  1. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Yep - each pannier will hold one full face helmet - same with the Guzzi top box - one only. The Givi G46 (roughly the same size as the Guzzi box 46L vs 44L for the Guzzi) will hold two full face helmets (Shoeis for sure) with a bit of room left over as the shape is very different.

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  2. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    OK, that puts a different slant on it. Yes, definitely get a set of soft bags. I'd stay away from the Guzzi ones for two reasons a) Price and b) fit. The Guzzi bags are not really tailored to the pannier where the ones from Bags for Bikes are. I'm sure there are other options available that are also form fitting and at a better price.


    That's what you get for joining the family :D

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  3. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    if you were a Norwegian, it would be "Noor-guh"


    Not sure how an Italian would pronounce it, probably pretty similarly.
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  4. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    and thanks for this thread...going to look at a Norge this weekend. Will seriously consider going up to Seattle to purchase.
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  5. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    I am reading up on this (current obsession), and could one or two of you experienced Guzzi people outline the practical differences between the current Norge (8v) and the 2007-2009 bikes? I can read specs all day, want to know from the owner's perspective.
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  6. JJGeo

    JJGeo Been here awhile

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    Have you seen this review? It compares them in a practical sense.

    http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/moto-guzzi-norge-8v-gt-2011
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  7. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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  8. scrannel

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    ... yeah, but, Hoover dam?
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  9. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Motorcyclist did a review in the current issue as well as this online review that touches on some of the differences between the 4V and 8V Norges.

    As much as I love my '07, I'm a bit afraid to ride the new one for fear I'll like it even more and have to justify a new motorcycle (good thing they don't come in that beautiful Maroon this year :D )

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  10. JJGeo

    JJGeo Been here awhile

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    Did you read the whole article? He compares the Norge changes to the Stelvio changes in the beginning, but then goes on to discuss the engine, chassis, and suspension differences between the new Norge and old one.
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  11. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    At some point we will not have a choice in new bikes. I think most of the 08's are sold now. I for one do not need more power and more high rev power.
    If I wanted lots of power, I would not have chose Moto Guzzi. I am still amazed with the top gear throttle response at 65 or 70mph. If I drop it to 5th it really pulls to faster than I want very quickly.
    After 11 months I have over 7,000 miles and have done all of the service stuff (adjusted valves, spark plugs, oil change, carc and tranny oil change) myself. If I do not ride like a nut, I can get 45 to 47 miles to a US gallon. Around town on short backroads I constantly get 40 MPG.
    The only mod I have done is a Cal Science bigger windscreen:
    [​IMG]
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  12. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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  13. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    Thanks for the write-up. Sounds like a LOT of problems with fit and finish and bodywork !
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  14. Firefighter12

    Firefighter12 n00b

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    Greetings, Road Warriors.

    My NOS 2008 Norge is finally back in my possession, after time away at the body shop, and I'm $760 lighter. (Side panel and fairing lower; tank and shifter mount.)

    Regards,

    John / FF12
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  15. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Within the first couple of days of having my Norge, I had the side cases on and no trunk yet. I took my wife out for a ride and went to see a friend. He had a gravel driveway and I dumped it on the driveway while trying to get to the street. I put some serious dings on one side case. Well now it is broke in. My wife said "dump it again with me and I won't ride with you again". We are still riding together.
    The factory bags look cool. I like the removeability. I put everything into large ziplock bags. I may put another latch on the front corner of the bag to get it to seal better.
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  16. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    pretty cool photo arrangement. :thumb

    front page material. :1drink
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  17. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Nah, it doesn't have a BMW in it... :wink:
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    Back in July of this year while I was on vacation and in Seattle I stopped in at Moto International. I ended up buying a copy of Guzziology from Dave. Then when I got home to Oklahoma City I ended up ordering my first bike from Dave. A 2011 red V-7 Classic. It arrived by truck tuesday afternoon. I am so damn happy. Pudding face does not compare to Guzzi face. Dave and all the people at Moto International are the very best and I look forward to do business with them again.:clap
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    One of the best looking sport-tourers ever! Too bad I'm 6' 4".
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  20. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Being 6'4" is a blessing if you want to try out the many offerings of Sport Touring and Adventure Bikes.
    With my impressive 5'8" Frame and 29" inseam (maybe it's 28"), I am limited to a bike that fits me and I can hold up in an intersection. The Honda ST 1300, The Yamaha FJR and The Kawasaki Concourse all had higher seat height that made those deal killers. My closest consideration was the BMW RT1200 but you had to buy a special seat lowering kit.