Moto Guzzi(R) Norge 1200 Cruises Into U.S. Market Grand Touring and Italian Style Fuse In Model Made for Comfort and Safety

    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Moto Guzzi USA, manufacturer of the
 legendary "Italian Eagle" Moto Guzzi(R) motorcycle and a pioneer of
 two-wheel vehicles, today announced the debut of its highly-anticipated
 Norge 1200 GT in the U.S. market. Built to deliver superior comfort and
 safety, the Norge 1200's unique styling, performance and technology offer a
 smooth and stable ride, mile after mile.
     Thoroughly tested in Moto Guzzi's Italian factory wind tunnel, the
 Norge 1200 fairing was designed for remarkable rider protection. Its
 distinctive form creates stability by enhancing down force at high speeds.
 The addition of lowers and splash guards on the U.S. models 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, further demonstrating the
 Norge's impressive versatility on the road.
     At the heart of the Norge 1200 is 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 is
 also 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 designed
 to enhance their rides. An on-board trip computer can be operated from the
 hand grips to provide information such as trip time, average fuel mileage
 and average speed. The electric heated grips improve comfort on colder
 morning rides, while large saddle bags allow passengers to carry their
 necessities for any long trips.
     2006 marks the 85th anniversary of the Moto Guzzi brand, making it one
 of the longest continuously produced motorcycle brands in the world. Just
 as they did 85 years ago, the company's finely crafted machines reflect the
 sensibilities and timeless beauty of its birthplace at Lake Como.
     The Norge 1200 was released in Europe earlier this year and received a
 great reception from riders and the press all over Europe. In the United
 States the bike will be displayed at various International Motorcycle Shows
 and to date has received an overwhelming response from the public. The
 Norge 1200 GT will begin to appear in authorized U.S. Moto Guzzi dealers in
 December of 2006 at an MSRP of $14,990. For more information, please visit
     About Moto Guzzi and Piaggio Group Americas
     For more than 85 years, Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one
 of world's most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. The company was
 founded in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello del
 Lario, Italy, where the motorcycles are still manufactured today. Moto
 Guzzi has notched up no fewer than 3,300 racing wins including 14 world GP
 titles, 22 world records and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins in the
 course of its long history.
     In December 2004 Moto Guzzi became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe's
 leading manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world's leading names
 in motorcycle and scooter production.
     The Piaggio Group's significant push to re-launch Moto Guzzi, also
 through an impressive series of new model launches, has led to a huge
 increase in worldwide sales for this venerable and distinguished brand. In
 September, over 15,000 Guzzi fans from over 20 countries traveled to
 Mandello to take part in the GMG or World Guzzi Days.
     With over 6,000 employees in 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a
 consolidated leadership in the European 2-wheeler market. Its production
 includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to over 1000 cc
 displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi,
 Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands.

SOURCE Piaggio Group Americas

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