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Hi Folks,My faithful (now) Norge is really becoming too heavy for me to move around manually, so I'm thinking, only thinking, about a V85TT, I'm going for a test ride tomorrow. I know it's still a heavy bike, but from what I read it's much easier to manoeuvre. Much as I like the spec of the travel, I don't like the colour, I'm old school, I like shiny, so I'll probably go for the evocative and add panniers etc.Now the questions. There are some great deals on 2022 models here in the UK just now, just over £10K on the road, but do I wait for a 2023?. I love that Blu Uyuni, but does anyone know if that's the only difference?, colour?. The second question is, any idea when the 2023 models will be in the dealers in the UK?.I realise these are not easy questions to answer with certainty.My Norge is really my perfect bike, apart from that one huge fly in the ointment, weight, but I love that bike.All opinions gratefully received.Thanks Alan.
Why are you guys pushing bikes around is the real question. When I park away from home I always park where I pull forward to leave. At home, I pull in swing to the right, then duck walk the bike back unto its spot ready to pull out again. The only bikes I dare move without being on the bike are the 300 lb or less bikes. Sounds like you should try a V7 and V9 as well as the V85TT. The 2022s are well sorted so unless you like the new colorways better save a couple bucks.
Ummm, I donít have any trouble moving mine around TWA.I was responding to Bisonís question.
My short driveway has paving slabs the width of car tyres with stones in between and a slight slope towards the garage, I have to dismount with the bike on the side stand then push it upwards over the pavement then downwards and into the garage, backwards, so I can ride it out of the garage. I'm a pretty weedy 11 1/2 stone (about 73KG) and well into my 70's. My garage space is limited, another 9 bikes and a sports car, so I have to get it right first time.I love the looks of the V7, especially the dark blue one with the wire wheels, reminds me of my V7 Sport, but I also like weather protection, I ride all year round, and for those of you who haven't visited Scotland, it can rain, and snow, and just about everything in between, in the space of an hour. I'm also lucky enough to have other bikes which are similar in concept to the V7. These reasons are why my Norge is so suited to my riding. if, god forbid, it goes down or falls over though, I'm not going to be picking it up by myself!.Alan.
That's good Huzo. The question is WHY are you moving them around, not why are you struggling to move them around.
whatI'd consider the 1" shorter shock factory rear shock and dropping the forks 1" . Side stand will need shorting too but that should make it manageable for you. Get the 22 Well sorted.
Itís perfectly natural for people to move to lighter bikes as we get older. I get where some of you fellows are coming from, saying stuff like, ďOh, you need to park it a different way or in a different place as to minimize moving itĒ or ďhere, you can buy these gadgets to help you feel safer moving itĒ or ďhereís how to lift a bike once you drop itĒ. I donít think those really address the point of his post. Heís feeling strained moving it, heís losing confidence in his ability to handle the bike if something goes wrong, this even pushing it 2 feet. This happens to all of us. Even your most beloved motorcycle there will come a time when you will need to downsize. And who is to say thatís right or wrong so much. Heís asking if the V85TT would be much different; heís not asking if his feeling about the weight of the bike is correct or not, nor asking for suggestions on things he could do to possibly keep it.
All good It just felt like you guys were giving him a slight bit of grief or doubt for merely saying he isnít as confident with the weight of his bike. But as per usual, a lot gets lost online and Iím sure thatís not quite what you meant and/or I possibly misunderstood.The comments regarding the handling differences between the 2 bikes is interesting. Iíd heard the V85 is surprisingly agile.
I had the same concerns after 5 years of Norge ownership. The final decision came after I tipped over in my front yard, on the grass. No damage but I couldn't pick it up. Had to have the wife come out and help me. I still wanted a sport/touring style bike and finally found a 2008 Triumph Sprint ST for sale at a reasonable price. 150# lighter than the Norge, sits a little lower, has more power, still has character, and it's good looking. I still keep a 2002 Guzzi Special Sport in the garage that I ride regularly and the Sprint gets long distance duty.
I'm afraid of either it bending or going over and tipping
Hi Folks,My apologies for having caused dissent amongst the ranks!.
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