The Moto Guzzi Norge probably exists because not everyone wants a Honda VFR1200 or BMW K1600GT to go touring on a motorcycle. This is touring, Italian style...
An Italian touring bike sounds a bit like Japanese pasta or German pizza. No, really, it’s the Germans and the Japanese who do touring bikes very well, Italians are best suited to building machines like the 1198SP and RSV4 Factory APRC SE. That’s just our opinion, of course, and Moto Guzzi insist on doing a touring bike – the Norge GT 8V, which has now been updated.
Fitted with the same 8-valve 1151cc V-twin (though in a mildly different state of tune) as the new Stelvio, the Norge packs 102 horsepower and 104Nm of torque, which is probably adequate for the bike’s dry weight of 257 kilos. The fairing has been redesigned and its electrically adjustable windshield should offer sufficient wind protection for riders of all shapes and sizes.
Moto Guzzi also claim that the Norge handles really well and that its suspension has been optimised for ‘racing behaviour.’ Ahem. Now while we don’t suppose Valentino Rossi would ride one of these, if he did, he just might appreciate the Norge’s plush ride, spacious panniers and satellite navigation system. And that’s probably all that the Norge customer wants anyway.