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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.

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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