2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V before buying this Sport-Touring bike. The 2011 Norge GT8V is made in Italy. Moto Guzzi first introduced the Norge model in 2007. With front Dual Hydraulic Disc brakes ...     read more
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2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT8V

Model Overview:

2011 Norge GT 8V

Bodystyle Sport-Touring
Warranty 24 months
Manufacturer Country Italy
Introduction Year 2007
Displacement (cc) 1151
Engine Type V Twin
Nextstep Bg

2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V


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.

New For 2011
  • New eight-valve engine that is also used in the Guzzi Stelvio, although with a slightly different power output and torque. This engine is more powerful and smoother than the previous four-valve engine. Larger air coil that offers better airflow to the engine, which plays the biggest role in the additional smoothness and power of the new engine. A lambda sensor and fuelling feedback loop for each cylinder, so that each one gets the fuel that it needs. Revised crankshaft for lower weight and smaller dimensions Revised suspension with new springs and damping in the front and rear

2011 Moto Guzzi Norge Specs

  • Model: Moto Guzzi Norge
  • Engine Type: 1151-cc, V-Twin engine
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.74 inches and 3.2 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.81:1
  • Valve Train: Overhead valve
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.1 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 35 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): 12.6-inch dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 11.1-inch hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.8-inch telescopic fork adjustable for fork pre-load that travels 4.7 inches
  • Suspension (Rear): Aluminum single sided swing arm adjustable for rebound damping and shock/spring pre-load with travel distance of 5.5 inches
  • Wheelbase: 58.9 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 567 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/90 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • TomTom GPS system
  • Tank bag
  • Luggage rack
  • Lockable top box kit with capacity of 44 liters
  • Inner bags
  • Gel seat
  • Bike cover
  • Anti-theft system

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