I heard that it will not be available in the US until at least Spring 2008...if at all. It is a much different bike that the Buell and the Duc. Guzzi has a adventure sport bike on the way as well...spring 2008 at the earliest.
Responding to the previous post: Guzzis don't break much and are as reliable as anything else on the road...quirky YES, unreliable, NO
I am intrested in a Norge, myself, as an alter-ego to my sport bike, but the price is too high. I am waiting for the end of the season deal.
Buy the Duc asap , you won't be sorry . No need to pay extra for the "S" model , the standard is great except for the slightly tacky 3/4" chrome bar . I'd switch to a magura bar for a better-looking ****pit but otherwise the standard is great .
Have a look at the Daily Telegraph motoring site this week - www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring - and click on motorcycling to find their wrap-up review of their long-term testbikes: a Bandit, a Sportster, and a Multistrada. After reading all the things that went wrong with the Multistrada you may want to think again about the Duc!
Checked the link. What a load. A Bandit 1200S has poor torque? Complete BS. Who is this @sshole?
I found the Sportster writeup amusing. All those comments about how terrible a Sportster is from people who have never ridden one. LOL! Looks like the Euro sportbike mafia is as bad with the stupid comments as the US sportbike mafia.
Parts are not a problem. Service might be depending on where you live. Most Guzzisti do there own maintenance, because it is dirt simple to do. There have been no real problems with the new bikes since the PIAGGIO takeover. Piaggio owns Aprillia and Moto Guzzi. Aprilia went bankrupt after they bought Moto Guzzi in 01. Guzzi's are not for everyone you either get it or you don't. Spring 08 has been reported for the Sport, but no one knows for certain. They are available in Europe right now. If you are really curious about Guzzi's post your questions here http://www.wildguzzi.com/forum/ and you will get all the info you could ever want.
i found the review to be rather brief, overly anecdotal, and riddled with superlative statements - which to me means that too much predetermined opinion went into it's writing. take it with a boulder of salt.