2011 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 GT 8V R Feature

Moto Guzzi seems to have all the bases covered with its new Norge GT 8V tourer. It's smoother and friendlier than ever, and a stiffer suspension set-up has stopped the old bike's tendency to get a weave-on around fast sweepers.

The 2012 version retains its 90-degree four-stroke V-Twin. The 1151cc mill has revised electronic controls in addition to its timing and cooling systems. Throttle response and midrange power is claimed to receive a boost from a new integrated ignition and injection ECU. Moto Guzzi reports power numbers at 76.7 lb-ft (104 Nm) at 5500 rpm and peak horsepower at 102.

With a weight of 566.6 lbs, the Norge’s saddle is 31.89 inches in height and has been outfitted with a wider, more padded seat. The handlebar position has been lowered and retracted slightly while its instrument panel has been moved to make it easier for riders to read.

A hat-trick target has been achieved with this new setup: efficient dissipation of heat, improved thermal insulation and more effective aerodynamic protection, to ensure both the rider and passenger enjoy their trip in complete comfort whatever the speed. The bike is highly enjoyable to ride, regardless of weather or location, thanks to the ergonomic research applied to each minor detail and appreciated at a daily level: the new position of the highly functional instrument panel makes it easier for the rider to its readings, the saddle is now just 810 mm in height and fitted with a wider and well-padded seat, the new handlebar has been lowered and retracted slightly which gives the rider greater control of the bike at high speed.