2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V | Preview

2011 Norge GT

Moto Guzzi is a rarified brand in motorcycling, having earned iconic status in the motorcycling world with their fiercely unique expression of design and style.

New for 2011 the Italian manufacturer upgrades their popular sport toourer, the Norge GT (Gran Turismo), with the latest evolution of the 8V (4 valves per cylinder) engine.

The air-cooled 1151cc, 90-degree V-twin engine-mounted in Guzzi’s classic transverse configuration-retains the signature Moto Guzzi stature with heads protruding from under the fuel tank.

The time-honored engine placement is accentuated with new, distinctly modern shapes in the bodywork, fairing, and bags, which are all tastefully linked by an ardently Italian design flow.

Windscreen is electronically adjusted to suit riding conditions on the fly and works in concert with the new fairing, which provides improved protection for rider and passenger and has been reshaped to increase airflow over the air-cooled engine.

Seat is “anti-slip” and constructed of “body forming” foam for added comfort and footpegs are vibration dampened to reduce rider fatigue.

The new 8-valve engine is complimented by a reworked stainless steel 2-int-1 exhaust system for better breathing, helping to push the horsepower rating to 102 hp at 5500 rpm.

A six-speed gearbox delivers power to the rear wheel through a trouble-free drive shaft (the shaft eliminating the maintenance required by a chain drive).

Dry weight of 542 pounds keeps the Norge within vicinity of the other bikes in its class. Fuel capacity is a healthy 6 gallons, which should render 200+ miles per tank (depending on how spirited the ride is).

With upgraded forks and rear shock for 2011, ABS brakes, and new styling, the Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V is an alchemy of old school Italian masters possessing visceral performance, aimed at long range travel with a touch of elegance.

2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V | Motorcycle Specs

Type : 90° V-Twin, 4 stroke

Displacement : 1,151 cc

Maximum torque : 75 KW (102 CV) at 7,000 rpm

Max Torque : 104 Nm at 5,500 rpm

Exhaust system : stainless steel, 2 into 1 type with catalytic converter, height-adjustable muffler

Gears : 6 speed

Secondary drive : Compact Reactive Shaft Drive CA.R.C.; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3.666

Front suspension : telescopic hydraulic fork with Ø 45 mm, preload adjustable

Rear suspension : single arm suspension with progressive linkage, rear shock absorber adjustable in

rebound and pre-load (hydraulic)

Front brake : double stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers – abs

Rear brake : single steel disc, Ø 282 mm, 2 piston caliper – abs

Front tyre : 120/70 ZR17″

Rear tyre : 180/55 ZR17″

Length : 2,195 mm

Width (handlebars) : 870 mm

Height (dashboard) : 1,125 mm

Seat height : 800 mm

Dry weight : 251 kg

Fuel tank capacity : 23 litres (Reserve 4 litres)

Accessories : Top Case, heated handgrips, rear carrier

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).