Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2010 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V announced

The 2010 Moto Guzzi 1200 Norge GT 8V. Go, tour...

Moto Guzzi have announced the 2010-spec Norge GT 8V tourer, with its 1,200cc v-twin engine getting four-valve cylinder heads. ‘The Moto Guzzi Norge has been updated to consolidate its vocation of being an indefatigable GT, a tireless traveller and the acknowledged champion of reliability,’ claims a press release from Moto Guzzi.

In its new guise, the Norge GT packs 105bhp and 113Nm of torque. The suspension has been revised and the springs have been replaced for ‘sportier’ handling, which is just as well for a bike that weighs 251kg dry.

The new Norge GT also features a redesigned fairing for better weather protection for the rider and improved cooling for the engine. With its smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox, C.A.R.C. (Compact Reactive Shaft Drive) shaft drive, generous accommodation and comprehensive instrumentation including a trip computer, the Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V certainly looks like a competent touring bike, though if were going long-distance touring, we'd probably take something like a ZZR1400... :-)


Anonymous said...

Why take a 1400?
Do we really need more than 100hp? I mean really need it?
I like the look of the new Norge and it looks like they addressed all the things that kept me from buying one.

I hope they announce it soon.

Anonymous said...

This is what I have been waiting for. I have an earlyer 8 valve that has been great and so much so I couldn't go back to the other madels with 2 valves per cylinder. I have wanted a Norge since first seeing them.New they would up grade the engine to 4 valves per cylinder,was just a matter of time. With over 90,000 on my other guzzi and this new powerful 8valve its time to go shoping.

Anonymous said...

I have the "original" (07) Norge with 10,000 miles on it. I really like it! I replaced the original springs and rear shock to get a sportier ride, so I'm not surprised that the new one comes with stiffer springs. I also put in a PowerCommander V to add some hp. My guess is that the new one, with more power and torque from the 4v motor, should be even better. This is a well-made, reliable bike with style and unusual character. It can be ridden aggressively (for a big bike) as well as comfortably for long distance.

Anonymous said...

I have a 08 GTL, which I love. I don't find the rear end too soft, but then I'm quite light. If the new engine improves the mid-range torque then that would be more useful than more absolute horsepower, but I would prefer they addressed the fuelling to stop the popping and banging on over-run.
All round, it has been a wonderful bike, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

Anonymous said...

I was ready to commit to a BMW R1200RT. I really preferred the Norge but, it had to many shortcomings. Now that they have addressed these shortcomings I will definitly hold off purchasing the BMW

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first poster - do we REALLY need a 140hp, 650+ pound "sport tourer" in order to go anywhere?? I've grown so sick and tired of "bike bloat" - the desire from both manufacturers and buyers to constantly want larger / heavier / faster - that I have begun to look at trading in my current 700+ pound cruiser for...maybe this Guzzi. When is enough, enough? Isn't 100hp enough?

AND, BTW, when is "a bike that weighs 251kg dry" heavy for a sport-tourer??! That's the LIGHTEST over 1000cc sport-tourer currently available! Your bias is showing.

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