Wildgoose Chase Moto Guzzi

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: taz on December 31, 2008, 03:25:50 PM

Title: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: taz on December 31, 2008, 03:25:50 PM
I know it is supposed to be simple, but no luck.  I have pulled, pushed, twisted, etc. and can't get the top case to budge.  I would like to remove it for day to day use.

I took out 2 screws on the tunnel, no joy, I twisted the key, right, left, and center, I pushed in the lock, no luck. 

Any suggestions?

(http://www.lachniet.net/photos/Motorcycle/Norge%20Top%20Case/images/rimg0012.jpg)

(http://www.lachniet.net/photos/Motorcycle/Norge%20Top%20Case/images/rimg0011.jpg)

(http://www.lachniet.net/photos/Motorcycle/Norge%20Top%20Case/images/rimg0010.jpg)

(http://www.lachniet.net/photos/Motorcycle/Norge%20Top%20Case/images/rimg0014.jpg)
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: blackcat on December 31, 2008, 04:29:48 PM
Four screws to remove the tunnel. Keep looking.
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: dsenn on December 31, 2008, 06:37:21 PM
if there are no screws inside the box, turn key to left, push in, it will go in a little, you will be against the spring, now push much harder in to release the latch. if there are screws on the inside of the box remove them first. I just went out and took mine off to verify the procedure and I had forgotten that the spring takes much more force to overcome after the initial push in .
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: lemanorge on December 31, 2008, 08:41:04 PM
After 9 months of reading about how they fall off at the slightest jar I somehow find this thread amusing.

I usually had more luck pushing in harder than I thought I needed to.
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: Pfaff! on December 31, 2008, 08:53:28 PM
I always thought the Norge-topcase was self-removing. ;D
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: The Professor on January 01, 2009, 06:04:15 AM
Simple instructions for removing the Norge top case:
   1.  Trade the Norge for a BMW R1200RT with a top case.
   2.  Put your ingition key in the top case lock.
   3.  Turn key to the release position which pops up the handle.
   4.  Pull handle and lift off the top case.

Don't be mad.  >:(    I still love Guzzis  :-* and miss my Jackal  :'(   and love my RT  :D
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: Ferd Nesler on January 01, 2009, 09:00:47 AM
I wanted to take the top case off my Norge before the salvage guys came but - no luck.  Jim at Rose Farm told me to: Insert key, push in and turn to the right then push down on the top of the top case and it should come loose.  I tried that and it would not work for me.  It is just as well anyway because while I was farting around trying to get it off I noticed that the mounting bracket was slightly bent so I left it on the bike. 
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: taz on January 01, 2009, 10:57:36 AM
Thanks for all the input.  It was simple once I got the sequence down.  Turn key counter clockwise (left) push it on the button (you might encounter resistance) once it unlatches pick straight up and the case is off.  Not sure why it isn't covered in the owner's manual.  Based on the number of top cases that flew off I will add a couple of retaining screws.  I know the recall was done on this bike, just don't know what modifications that required.

btw...I don't think the 2 screws on the tunnel had to be removed, but I did remove them before I took the top case off.
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: azccj on January 01, 2009, 07:54:51 PM
.  Based on the number of top cases that flew off I will add a couple of retaining screws.  I know the recall was done on this bike, just don't know what modifications that required.

btw...I don't think the 2 screws on the tunnel had to be removed, but I did remove them before I took the top case off.
The recall had to do with the part on the mount where the case clicks into the mount. The old style was made of plastic, which could crack and break off. Not good if your passenger is lean back relaxing at 75 mph when it lets go. The new style has the same piece made of aluminum. It may be stronger but it isn't any better at keeping the case secured to the mount when you hit a series of bumps in the road. The mount begins to flex enough allowing the very small metal tang on the latch plate to pull out of the now made of aluminum piece on the mount. Want to see how little is holding the case to the mount? Flip the case over, look at the latch plate. You'll see the tang which slides into the mount is just a little over a 1/16th of an inch. Truly a stupid design!!!
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: Buckturgidson on March 07, 2015, 07:29:45 AM
Maybe I should have read this before buying the old style top case from the classifieds. The plate visible on the underside is metal, not plastic, so perhaps the recall was done or this case was made after the recall. I ride solo so no worries about a passenger leaning on it, but having read this I am a bit leery about using this, any thoughts? Thanks.
Title: Re: Norge Top Case Removal
Post by: Buckturgidson on March 07, 2015, 07:53:37 AM
Simple instructions for removing the Norge top case:
   1.  Trade the Norge for a BMW R1200RT with a top case.
   2.  Put your ingition key in the top case lock.
   3.  Turn key to the release position which pops up the handle.
   4.  Pull handle and lift off the top case.

Don't be mad.  >:(    I still love Guzzis  :-* and miss my Jackal  :'(   and love my RT  :D

I would rather ride my Norge with a milk crate for a top case than go back to a BORING R1200RT.