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Offline DougG

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Moving to a Norge?
« on: December 06, 2022, 11:51:01 AM »
Hi All,                                                           12-06-22

As I "gracefully mature", I believe that I have less need for a 750+ lb. bike (my 2015 Cali 1400), and more desire for a 550+ lb. bike.  This leads me to a late model Norge GT.  Since I am vertically challenged (29" inseam), I am concerned about the nearly 32" seat height of the Norge.  I need to comfortably flat-foot while stopped. 

Questions: Has anyone lowered a late model Norge GT?  Does it compress enough under my 165 lb. weight so I can flat-foot?  Different shocks? Lower seat, etc.?
Any advise would be welcomed.   :wink:

Thanks and be well,
DougG
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Offline Bigtime

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2022, 12:30:06 PM »
  Doug,  I moved from a Stelvio to a Norge (1gen) last year for the very same reason. I to have a 29/30 " inseam. I absolutely love my Norge. The seating position is about perfect for someone our height. They also offered a low seat option. I have one but prefer the standard seat. Hope this helps.  JohnB

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2022, 01:12:20 PM »
Thanks John,                                                                      12-06-22

That's encouraging information.  Can you flat-foot it at a full stop?  Do you know if the the low seat a factory option?

Be well,
DougG
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2022, 01:26:42 PM »
At 5í10Ē and 210 pounds I can not flatfoot my 08í Norge. I can get the balls of both feet comfortably down and I am not on my top toes. When two up I am flatfoot however. My wife doesnít read these but I am terrified to put a weight in print. Another situation is with camping gear, cloths for 10 days and my 80 pound daughter I was flat footed.

As to lowering them I am sure itís possible. Just know the center stand will be even closer to hitting in some corners.

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2022, 01:26:42 PM »

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2022, 01:36:41 PM »
Thanks Capp,                                                                                                   12-6-22

I'm wondering if the newer Norge GT (2011+) is the same as far as height and suspension?

Be well,
DougG

So I should bring my wife on my rides?  I guess that's less expensive than having the bike professionally lowered.   :wink:
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2022, 02:06:42 PM »
5í9Ē on a good day,158lbs, 32 ď inseam , Stock 07 Norge. No problem flat footing, rear shock height adjustment is helpful and necessary to reduce side wind blowing me around. Tried a friends Quota, no way, Stelveo no way, the newer 850 combo bike ( canít recall name ) Guzzi has impossible. So Iím stuck with either my 03 EV or my Norge, long distance I usually choose the Norge,unless Iím pulling the camper trailer. You will love the Norge, get a set of bar backs to bring the bars closer to you.
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2022, 02:42:03 PM »
Flat footing is overrated.  There are many out there who only put their left foot down while the right maintains the rear brake.  It is all about confidence in your abilities.  There are many videos out there showing riders who can't even flat foot with one foot. 

But, I can also relate to a lot of weight having the chance of overwhelming under the best of circumstances with one slight error. 

Why not try a V7 or V9?  Both can be set up for touring and weigh even another 100 lbs less. 
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2022, 04:34:55 PM »
  Doug, I'm not quite flat footed (close), with the standard seat, but in a very comfortable position. Completely flat footed with the low seat. The problem with lowering the bike is ground clearance to the center stand. It may not be as big of a issue with the 2gen Norge. The 2 gen has a redesigned stand.

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2022, 05:03:36 PM »
My inseam is 30" and I flatfoot w/ stock saddle as well as a Corbin Cayon Dual Sport.

https://www.corbin.com/motoguzzi/mgnrg7.shtml

I also installed a GT Mono 2 shock but was standard height but being custom built the length can be shortened.

https://gtmotocycles.com/products/gtm-mshock

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2022, 07:22:25 PM »
  5'9" and 30" inseam. I had several great years with a 2012 Norge. Couldn't quite flat foot it unless I really stretched. Put it on a truck scale once and it was well over 600# with a tank of gas. As I got older (I'm 70 now) I felt less confident on less than perfect parking surfaces. The last straw was when I tipped it over in my front yard, on the grass. No damage but I couldn't pick it up by myself. Had to get my wife to help.  :embarrassed: I sold it with 80,000 miles and replaced it with a 2008 Triumph Sprint ST. 150# lighter and sits just a little lower. Easy flat foot. Still sport touring style, more power, just as good looking, and still has character. I still ride my 2002 Guzzi Special Sport too. Guzzi for local, Triumph for long distance.

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Re: Moving to a Norge?
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2022, 06:34:54 AM »
Doug, your location says blue ridge... If you are near the Asheville area, you are more than welcome to come sit on my Breva.  mine has different bars than a norge, but I have both: a Corbin gunfighter and a standard stock seat you can try out on it

Shoot me a PM if you want to check it out.  The bikes are similar enough to at least get a feel for it.
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2022, 07:21:29 AM »
Hello,                                                                                           12-07-22

Thank you to all who have replied.  The info and links you provided were very helpful.  I appreciate it and the search goes on.  I'll keep you posted.

Be well, stay well,
DougG
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Re: Moving to a Norge?
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2022, 08:38:10 AM »
I have an 07 Norge which I bought new from MPH and it has been a relatively trouble free bike. My only complaint about the 1st generation is the heat given off by the engine when itís hot outside. they do get better mileage than the 8V version but the latter bikes have better heat management than the early bikes.
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