2011 Moto Guzzi Norge 8V: improved Italian touring

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Moto Guzzi is comprehensively updating its touring bike with an engine it claims is the most powerful it makes, but isn’t, and all new fairings that you won’t notice because you’ll be too busy trying not to look at the carry-over headlights.

As the name suggests, the 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge 8V is fitted with the company’s 1,151cc, eight-valve v-twin, but here it makes 102bhp and 77lb/ft of torque to the Moto Guzzi Griso’s 110bhp and 81lb/ft. Marketing sillyness aside, it shouldn’t matter if the Norge is down a couple horsepower because this is a big touring bike, not a performance machine.

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New for 2011 is a fan to boost the oil-cooler’s ability to keep the engine from overheating, a quieter muffler and other whizz-bang 19th century technology like an external power socket.

The fairings have been redesigned to better dissipate the engine’s heat and to better shield rider and passenger from the wind and there’s now an  electronically-adjustable windscreen.

We’ve got a bunch of other ugly bikes to write about so we’re going to embed the press release below, let us know if anything else stands out.

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  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    ::cricket::

  • swfcpilot

    The previous Norge, while nice looking was a little lacking in power for serious touring. This should help a bit.

  • Anthony Wayne

    I’ve ridden a Norge a couple of times. I wonder if they made all of the digital displays easier to read, because I couldn’t read shit in the daylight.

  • DirectorLJ

    This is, in this class, a fun bike. And its far from “ugly.” This engine is great and will make this a fun alternative to the legion of RTs out there. Plus, if you take the bags off, its a fairly compact, albiet bit heavy, standard bike and ride around. Love the 8v version of the engine…rode it in the Griso and Stelvio. I heard they addressed the clocks issue you mention, Anthony, but can’t find photos of the dash.