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Unless their test bike had issues the only "clunk" my transmission has is going into first if done from a stop in neutral,
Let the reviewers get a little older and wiser and they'll all come around to a Norge. You really can't blame them for their lack of experience, understanding or knowledge, it takes time.
My transmission has a bit of clunking and whining as well. But it is not horrible. Actually, I like the clunking into gear (shades of Harley Davidson?).The bike is a bit heavy (and top heavy), but that heft adds a bit of stabity, I think. (At least, that is what I like to think about myself!)PS: My center stand drags, too--quite easily, especially two-up. However, my toes drag almost as easily, so removing it would not help much!
Center stand doesn't drag if the suspension is properly adjusted....that's what that knob on the rear shock is for.
A cruise control would be nice but then the bike does not sell for 20K+ either.GliderJohn
Leaf, it's the same old review but with a different person doing the writing. They all end up commenting on the "character" of a Guzzi, like that is supposed to excuse all the defects that have been pointed out in great detail. We all know that the Norge is a darn nice bike and one heck of a package for the price. The problem is that Guzzi is such a small player, there are few dealers, and the factory is not bringing out a totally new bike every two years. That's not much to write about.FWIW, my buddy Mark just got one of the new Kawasaki H2 (200 hp supercharged super sport). It has lots of bells and whistles to go along with way too much horsepower. He needs to get 1000 miles on the bike before he can start to use it to its full potential, limited to 5K until then. The problem is that the bike is so uncomfortable he can only stand to ride it for about 50 miles at a time. All the numbers make this bike look like the ultimate ride. I'll take a Griso any day.Oh, and where is the comparison of maintenance costs between the Norge and anything similar. Multistrada, ST1300, BMW RT...all gonna set you back at least $1K for a major service. Not so the Norge...do it yourself for peanuts.Rant overPeter Y.
It'll sure drag on my Breva 1100 and I think that is the same basic chassis and suspension as the Norge.
Moto Guzzi riders don't read motorcycle magazines... they dont have any desire to know what other motor-missiles are out there... its called contentment.If on the other hand one does find oneself flicking thru a motorcycling mag, one only pays scant attention and even less belief to what is written... now I read forums and opinions of real folks with no agenda's other than joy of motorcycling... long winded I am.. actually relaxing after a big clean of yard and broken tree by high winds. cheers
I would like to see Guzzi join the 21st century with electronically adjustable suspension. Riding a Ducati with properly good ohlins suspension is a revelation and I feel it's sorely missed on Guzzis. That said I find the suspension on the Breva/Norge to be acceptable compared to some of the bikes I've ridden. It's a bit soft in the springs but it's decently well dampened.
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