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    Posted: 05 Sep 2018 at 10:31
just had a run down to Newcastle for work, a beautiful day down and same back on the Norge.  due to time pressure i used the Ai down but came back the scenic route up through Coldstream

my comment here is that of all the bikes i have ever owned the Norge beats them all into a hat and that includes a T3 Cali, Convert, 1100i Cali plus a variety of other makes.

the norge is just so good at everything from fast riding on motorways accross Europe to bimbling up the A68 at 50mph due to the multi cameras.

it accelerates, stops, and bounces well.  if you can keep the speed up you will get 45-50 mpg but it will be 30 in town - but who gets a Norge thinking about fuel economy.  

the panniers it comes with spend most of their time on a shelf but have been ok for me and managed 2 week tour with additional top box.

it genuinely brings a smile to my face in rain, hail or shine when i am on it.  i have had it 6 years now and wont be getting rid, it might become my second bike next year - but only if i can find a late model Norge to take over
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2018 at 11:51
Have to admit I envy you living in that area, (in summer). Love Northumberland for the roads and countryside. Spent quite a few holidays in the Seahouses area with some smashing rides out to Holy Island, Jedburgh, Rothbury and Coldstream with the great Guards museum. Kippers from Craster and salmon from Berwick, lovely!
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Just came down that road today and a Cali passed me heading north about 1215pm outside Wooler...anyone here ?
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I enjoyed my bike last weekend. Attended a Laverda rally in Wales, rode around in the sunshine and picked up a speeding fine on the way home.
I received a NIP (Notice of intended persecution,sorry, prosecution) this morning.35 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, bugger!!
Oh well, that will be another £100 on the cost of the weekend.
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That was bad luck Dave.  Hopefully they'll offer you a speed awareness course, which is a good day out.
Just setting off for the Tunnel for a trip down through France and Spain.  Sadly not on a Guzzi, but a modern thing.
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Bad luck Dave P , Many moons ago, I was "nabbed" for doing just TWO miles an hour over seventy !!! In court I protested quite forcefully that this was most "heavy handed" . . . The magistrate looked infuriated as he "barked" at me "Yes Tony, but you were in a 40 mph zone !!!" The £50 fine bloody hurt ..! Regards, Tony
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LOL
Originally posted by Glawster Glawster wrote:

 
Sadly not on a Guzzi, but a modern thing.
 
Huh, why not? Guzzi makes / made modern things. The Norge springs to mind
 
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Originally posted by Jim Mac Jim Mac wrote:

you will get 45-50 mpg
 
JM, is that measured mpg or dash read-out?
 
My 1200S 8v shows around 50mpg on the dash but that's US mpg. This equates to 60 mpg UK.
 
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Originally posted by Dave P. Dave P. wrote:

I enjoyed my bike last weekend. Attended a Laverda rally in Wales, rode around in the sunshine and picked up a speeding fine on the way home.
I received a NIP (Notice of intended persecution,sorry, prosecution) this morning.35 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, bugger!!
Oh well, that will be another £100 on the cost of the weekend.
Not sure about your traffic courts in England (or was it Wales?), but over here I would consider fighting that ticket on the grounds that the excess speed was less than the margin of error that can be reasonably expected in a motorcycle speedometer. 
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The general rule here is + 10% + 2, which would equal 35. But they don't all adhere to the guidelines.
One police chief is on record saying he wants no margin of error, 31 mph means a fine.
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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

The general rule here is + 10% + 2, which would equal 35. But they don't all adhere to the guidelines.
One police chief is on record saying he wants no margin of error, 31 mph means a fine.

Well I pride myself on doing my best to adhere to the speed limits at all times, I don't believe we should pick and choose which laws we will obey and those we won't in a democracy. I do find myself accidentally exceeding the limit by a small margin now and again and it is increasingly difficult to strictly observe the limits when, on an A road that for miles used to be national speed limit, now jumps all over the place ranging 30, 40, 50 and 60 mph such as the A41 South of chester. I therefore do have some sympathy , this does seem harsh. Mind you, at an actual 35 mph, the speedometer would normally over read to indicate 37 or 38 mph wouldn't it....
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https://www.evo.co.uk/news/18773/uk-speeding-fines-2018-wha


Sadly the 10% +2 business seems to be obsolete now. The new rules are more draconian. Check out the link.
That police chief appears to have got his way Brian.
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I had an 8v Norge for a while. It was a wonderful machine for touring. Unfortunately it was too big for me just as a daily ride, so I sold it for another Bellagio.

It was magnificent in the rain, but even in the dry I never had any idea how fast I was going on it. This was fun at times, but terrified the missus. One day miles from anywhere I was blasting along and went past a hidden police car. I won't even mention the speed (remember this was an outback Oz.) The police were really quite reasonable, and only fined me for approx 10% over the limit. They had recently put the fines up astronomically for warp speed travelling in that state, and they found that no one was paying huge sums on time. This just gave them too much grief over paperwork and court appearances. Especially since most culprits were usually from interstate. The fine I got was less than 10% of what it should have been, and we even shook hands!
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