2008 Moto Guzzi 850/1200
You can see right from the start that this machine was designed to eat up the miles. The fairing for instance, is an integral part of the machine and seems like a natural extension of the bike itself. But it is not alone; each component on the Norge has been designed to offer complete protection.
The integrated fairing also protects the legs and reduces spray at the rear meaning excellent overall protection regardless of the weather. The electrically adjustable screen (manual on the T and 850) protects the rider’s upper half from the wind and can be set to suit differing riding conditions. The powerful headlight unit with four poly-helicoidal lamps offers superb visibility even under the poorest of lighting conditions as well as adding charisma to the machine with an aggressive, feline look. This design once again enhances the blend of form and function.
Under the elegant skin that conceals its measured aggression, lies an 850 or 1200cc transverse twin cylinder V90 engine. Both these units are quite astonishing for their lack of vibration and the fact that they blend miserly consumption, and minimum emissions with high performance.
Moto Guzzi twin engines are renowned for their temperament. They offer immense pulling power even at low revs and always deliver plenty of torque over a car-like power band.
These characteristics ensure a comfortable, undemanding ride during which the rider can fully appreciate the smooth six-speed gearbox and the innovative CA.R.C. system. CA.R.C. stands for “Cardano Reattivo Compatto” or Reactive Shaft Drive Transmission. Only once aboard the Norge can you fully savour all the little details that make this bike so special. The anti-slip saddle that is just 800 mm from the ground is filled with special foam that adapts to the shape of the rider.
The foot pegs are covered with an anti-vibration coating, the sumptuous “cockpit” houses a superb instrument panel including an easily read trip computer that, besides showing travel details, (past and present) also displays service intervals and a check control system. There is also an external 220 Volt socket, a spacious compartment under the saddle, the possibility of heated handlebar grips (optional on the 850) and many other details including adjustable suspension and integrated passenger handles.
Norge 1200 Technical specifications
90° V-Twin, 4 stroke
Bore and stroke:
95 x 81.2 mm
9.8 : 1
intake open 24° B.T.D.C.
intake close: 52° A.B.D.C.
exhaust open: 54° B.B.D.C.
exhaust close: 22° A.T.D.C.
with valve clearance: 1.5 mm
over 66 kW (95 HP) at 7,500 rpm
over 100 Nm at 5,800 rpm
Fuel injection system / Ignition:
Magneti Marelli IAW5A, α-n type; 2 Ø 45 mm throttle bodies, Weber IWP 162 injectors, Lambda control, twin spark ignition
internal - NGK PMR8B (Long Life).
external - NGK BPR6ES
stainless steel, 2 into 1 type with catalytic converter, height-adjustable muffler
Internal ratios:1^ 17/38 = 1 : 2.235:
2^ 20/34 = 1 : 1.700:
3^ 23/31 = 1 : 1.347
4^ 26/29 = 1 : 1.115:
5^ 31/30 = 1 : 0.967:
6^ 29/25 = 1 : 0.862
helical teeth, ratio 24/35 = 1 : 1.458
Compact Reactive Shaft Drive CA.R.C.; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3.666
tubular cradle, high tensile steel
telescopic hydraulic fork with Ø 45 mm, preload adjustable
Front wheel travel:
single arm suspension with progressive linkage, rear shock absorber adjustable in rebound and pre-load (hydraulic)
Rear wheel travel:
double stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers - abs
single steel disc, Ø 282 mm, 2 piston caliper - abs
three spokes, light alloy wheels, gravity casting
3.50” x 17”
5.50” x 17”
12 V – 18 Ah
12 V – 550 W at 2,000 rpm
Minimum round clearance:
Front footrest height:
Fuel tank capacity:
Technical specifications of Norge 1200 may change without notice.