Moto Guzzi touring bike debuts in U.S. – December 25, 2006
December 25, 2006
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Moto Guzzi USA recently debuted its Norge 1200, which fuses grand touring and Italian styles, in the U.S. market.
The Norge 1200 was originally released in Europe earlier this year and received a warm reception from European riders and press, according to company officials.
Tested in Moto Guzzi’s Italian factory wind tunnel, the Norge 1200 fairing was designed for rider protection. The addition of lowers and splashguards on the U.S. model will further improve rider protection in inclement weather. The windshield has electronic height adjustment, so the rider can manipulate the amount of air necessary to maximize comfort.
The Norge features an anti-lock braking system that increases safety and improves stopping in difficult conditions. Precise steering provides stability at every turn, while poly elliptical headlights illuminate surroundings for safer driving at any hour.
The Norge 1200 features a new and improved version of the trademark 90-degree V-Twin engine. The new engine has more power, more torque and less vibration compared to previous versions. The new engine also is paired with the patented C.A.R.C. single-sided shaft drive system for improved handling and smoothness.
Norge riders will appreciate advanced technological features, including an onboard trip computer that can be operated from the handgrips to provide information such as trip time, average fuel mileage and average speed. The bike also has electric heated grips and large saddlebags.
The Norge 1200 GT began to appear in authorized U.S. Moto Guzzi dealers in December with an MSRP of $14,990. psb