The 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge comes with a lot of changes this year, even though it looks the same from previous years. The first obvious difference is the engine, which is great since the previous four-valve engine that severely lacked power. Moreover, emission regulations were going to limit the time that the engine would be used. The new engine in the Guzzi Norge proves to be great for touring, offering enough torque while driving on highway at constant speeds and providing enough power even at low speeds. This is quite exception for a V-Twin, since most other Ducati V-Twin engines lack the smoothness or power when going at really low speeds. Although the bodywork seems the same as previous years at first glance, there have been some changes made to the chassis of the 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge as well. The frame remains unchanged, but the suspension has been revised completely and so have the brake discs. The bodywork has been given some subtle changes here and there to improve the bike’s aerodynamics and heat management.
Overall, the improvements made to the 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge has made it more suitable for its task. It offers great torque and power and good fuel economy, along with a certain character that can rarely be seen in touring motorcycles. The chassis has a more communicative and tauter feel than previous models, which reflects the hard work that the folks at Aprilia have put into it. Moreover, the bike is surprisingly sporty on the road. Every twist and turn is enjoyable, and the steering response is very good. However, for all the positives of the 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge there is some problems.
For one, the spring preload adjustment for the suspension is difficult to use, and the new seating arrangement is also a little troublesome. The Norge’s new seat is lower than before to make it more manageable, and the footrests have been placed higher for better ground clearance. However, this puts the driver’s legs at an uncomfortable and cramped position. This would normally not be a problem, but the cramped feeling is a big issue for a touring bike that is ideally driven for hours on end on long motorways. With respect to the seat, the bars are higher and wider than before, which makes the seating arrangement more uncomfortable. The high hands position does not feel quite right for those who have driven previous versions of the bike, but some drivers may not find it too troublesome. Although the seating arrangement is not too smart, the seat itself is quite plush and comfortable, and drivers would usually not get off the bike unless their legs begin to cramp up.