We bought Thunder at a Moto Guzzi, Benelli & MV Agusta dealer outside Utica, NY. Owner Brad admitted his love for Italian motorcycles. I read many reports on the Internet about the Norge, a sport-tourer. The only common nit found was the windshield deemed to be too small. There was a red Norge and a black California Special next to each other. I sat on both of them and liked them both but, in the end, the red color won out and we selected the Norge.
This model gets its name from an event decades ago when a shaft-drive was installed in the current Guzzi. It was decided that to test its reliability it was to be driven above the Artic Circle. They ended up in Norway, which is Norge in Italian. That bike performed flawlessly and the rest, as it is said, is history.
Mary nicknamed the Norge "Thunder" when a Staintune aftermarket muffler was installed. It sounds great! The bike, though has always had a problem but because the dealer was so far (and I'm lazy) I neglected getting it taken care of. The installation of the new muffler exacerbated this problem with the fuel injection. Driving at slow speeds the throttle acted as a switch, turning off then on, the engine hiccupping with plenty of driveline lash. I took it to one MG dealer in Massachusetts, who couldn't fix it but did recommend someone in Connecticut. We left it there while we went on vacation to Florida with the S2000. It ran better afterwards but it still wasn't as good as it should be - based on the rest of our bikes, such as the Triumph and the BMW.
There is a happy ending: Another dealer (MG, KTM and Ducati) was recommended and he was able to dial the FI in. Now it runs strong and I am enjoying it.
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