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  1. Doody

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    hey gents.

    i'm doing some learning about norton motorcycles. curious for pointers to online and offline resources.

    i havent' found any forums like fchat (hey rob - start "nortonchat.com"!). are they out there?

    i've found a variety of sites that all seem to only do a half-assed job of history and model thoroughness, etc.

    any pointers appreciated.

    tia,
    doody.
     
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  3. whart

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    Haven't they reintroduced it as a modern bike? http://www.rocketbikes.com/index.html

    Frankly, if you were going to go over the top on a vintage brit, I would go Vincent. THis guy is the Tiffany of vendors- a tad pricey, though.
    https://harrisvincentgallery.com/garage.asp

    (Take a look at the Brough for sale there, too).


    And, of course, new Vincents are also being manufactured. http://www.vincentmotors.com/

    Dunno about chat forums. I did join the Brough club last year- website, newsletter, crotchey old timers running classic bikes in Brit land.

    This guy here http://www.chromeclassics.com/ also seems to get alot of fun bikes, fairly cheap, on consignment.
     
  4. Texas Forever

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    Great bikes, much better riders than the old Triumphs because Norton figured out how to tame the vibes. That said, the old ones are quirky. Brit you know. Right hand shift, but one up and then down (racer style). They were also the original low riders.

    Also keep in mind, no electric start. We all know how much the Brits like to abuse themselves.

    If you are looking at an old one, go for the latest model year and the best condition you can find, i.e., 74-76. If you're really interested, PM me, and I'll turn you on to a buddy who restores em.

    Me, if I was going to do this, I'd buy one of these --

    http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/

    Kinda pricey, and it looks like they're having ramp up issues. But this is the way to go.

    Personally, I think my 1970 Triumph Bonneville is the best looking motorcycle in the history of bikes. Unfortunately, it is no fun to ride until your butt and feet go completely numb. The Brits never figured out how to split a crankshaft. So you have two pistons going up and down at the same time, all the time. At certain RPMs, right about when you're going the ton, it can feel like someone stuck a drill up your butt...

    Nortons are mega cool, though. I can also turn you on to some clubs. For some reason, the older bikers ain't Internet types. They are more face-to-face, but there are a lot of clubs in your area.

    Good Hunting, Dale
     
  5. Texas Forever

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    Geeze Bill, you trying to get the laddie killed? The old Vincents are mega cool, imagine James Dean's Little Bastard, but they are all go and no brakes.

    That said, running at tickover speed, a Vincent with a big old velocity stack is a sound that every gearhead needs to hear. Kabump - Whoosh. Kabump - Whoosh. You don't want to get too close for fear of getting sucked in.

    But I didn't know about the new stuff. Very interesting. Might have to check into it.

    Dale
     
  6. CornellCars

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    Doody, I've always been a Norton Commando fan as well, but the cost to get into a decent on was always so high that I was a little leery about paying up for a 30 year old british bike. I have since fallen in love with the new Triumph Thruxton - cafe racer styling, with modern build quality (the new triumphs are getting rave reviews across the pond and here for a number of positive things) , retro styling, and a price almost comparable to the Norton with none of the age related issues. Might be something to check out...occasionally I'll see one on eBay, but check out Triumph's website and they should have some good pictures and stats.

    HTH
    Jason
    [edit] that said, those Vincents are BEAUTIFUL![/edit]
     
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  8. Choptop

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    some parts supply houses... might be able to point ya int he right direction...

    Rabers.com
    Britishonly.com
     
  9. BigAl

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    was it a Norton or Triumph in the movie "Motorcycle Diaries"?
    It was a one banger too wasn't it?
     
  10. DMOORE

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    It was a Norton in the motorcycle diaries. I have been around brit bike community for some time. I can tell ya the Norton Commando is the best of the Brit twins. Very smooth at highway speed. Unfortunatly for Triumph, the bigger the engine got the worst the vibes. They are beautiful bikes but they can literally break steel parts from vibration, will really beat you up on long rides. The last Brit bike I owned was a 72 Commando Combat. The Combat motor has bigger valves and carbs, higher compression and bigger cams, when set up well they really run. It was set up as a cafe racer with lots of parts from Norvil. For info pick up a copy of Classic Bike. Also Norvil Motorcycle company in England has every single part for the Commando. Infact you can buy a brand new 70's style Commando from them. This is different from the Kenny Dreer Nortons made in Oregon. Good luck on your hunt. If you try Cycle Trader Online there is usually a bunch in there. 6k will get you a beautiful bike. If you have any Questions I could help with feel free to PM me.Best regards.

    Darrell.
     
  11. Doody

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    thanks for all the pointers, guys.

    i have a friend who used to own and ride a 1962 Norton Dominator way back in the day. i was asking for resource pointers for him - to potentially get him back in the bike game!

    thanks,
    doody.
     
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  13. wax

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    Anybody ever had a NorVint?
     
  14. chaa

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    The guy i work for has a Norton Atlas in his collection, its in silver fox. I have ridden it at times. Nice looking bike.
     
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    The new Commandos, whenever they come out, are built here in the U.S.
     
  17. 2000YELLOW360

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    Dale:

    Shoot the guy who put your motor together. When you come out here again, I'll let you ride my 77. When balanced properly, they don't vibrate. I'm a bit anal, and it doesn't leak either, could be the hours spent lapping the case halfs to make sure it didn't, and maybe the hours making sure that everthing, including the rods weighed exactly to the 1/2 gram what they needed to weigh to make sure it balanced. Brits weren't the best on quality control, but a great looking piece, good design for the time.

    Nortons when pushed hard, will scare the crap out of you. The wobble, not just a little, but a lot. When I started racing in the late 60s, the production class was owned by the Norton Crew: George Kerker, ? Manley, and ? Simmons. They had won every race, except for the occassional race won by the BSA triple ridden by McGilvery (sp?) from Johnnies in Bakersfield. When the Honda 750 showed up, we cleaned their clocks, and you could see them wiggle their way past each and every corner that had bumps in them. Of course the Honda wiggled, but you expected it from that piece of junk.

    Don't ride the Norton too hard. If you do, get the fix that Dunstall had for their wobbles. Replaced the rubber motor mounts with metal, causing it to vibrate.

    Art
     
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  19. KTG

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    my brother went when he was in vegas, and they wouldn't let him take pics....
     
  20. KTG

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    you just need to learn about the featherbed frame
     
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    Where is this show now?
     
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    Art, my 70 has a 5-speed box that helps keeps the vibes down. But at the end of the day, you can't repeal the laws of physics.

    And yes, the Nortons were more GT bikes than racers. Hell, even my 1970 Bonneville has a flexy flyer frame. You get used to it after a while. :)

    Dale
     
  23. Doody

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  24. MarkPDX

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    Yep, I looked on the Guggenheim site real quick like and couldn't find anything. I saw it in Memphis, it left there in October.........
     
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    Has anyone here ever driven the Wankled Norton?
     
  26. B R

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    You probably should have said "if" they come out. I have heard that things are very shaky at the new Norton. They apparently promise a lot of things to many people, but can't deliver. Caveat emptor.
     

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