Moto Guzzi updates Norge GT for 2011

October 14th, 20100 Comments »

2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8VMoto Guzzi has updated the Norge GT sport touring motorcycle for 2011.  The engine and exhaust system has been updated to the more powerful 8 valve (4 valves per cylinder) design.  The 8V 1200 is rated at 102 bhp, with 104 Nm (77 lb-ft) torque at 5500 rpm.

The suspension and handling upgrades on the new 2011 Norge include new front forks and a new rear shock absorber.  These suspension improvements will result in better cornering and stability when the bike is fully loaded with gear for touring.

Norge GT 8v 2011 Moto GuzziThe power-adjusted windscreen (previously manual) ties in nicely with the redesigned fairing for better protection from the wind as well as reducing the wind noise.  The new fairings also serve to improve air flow for engine cooling.

The gauges, including trip computer, are now located closer to the rider’s view for easier reading.  For additional rider and passenger comfort, the seat has been improved to be anti-slip and includes a “body forming” foam.  Footrests are vibration-dampened.

The new 2011 Norge GT 8V also comes equipped with an improved center stand that has a different lever arm design than in the past.

All in all, the Norge has been and continues to be a real contender in the sport touring market and is now more competitive than ever against the usual players in this class.  The sound and feel of the Guzzi v-twin adds a certain element that can’t be replaced.  You have to ride one to be able to understand how addictive it is.

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotoGuzziGuide.Com. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding and maintaining his Moto Guzzi California Vintage. John participates in local charity rides and also serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for one of the largest annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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