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N15CS Thread

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Re: N15CS Thread

Postby dave M » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:56 am

Piero, the N15 or G15 has a Matchless frame that was used for off road, it is completely different to a Commando and therefore needs longer fork tubes or the steering geometry will be badly affected.

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Re: N15CS Thread

Postby pierodn » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:50 am

Hi Dave,
I understand.
But i think that N15/G15/P11/Commando S or SS, are not off road bike.
Piero

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Re: N15CS Thread

Postby dave M » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:35 pm

Piero, in the 1950s and 60s this frame was considered one of the best for off road riding, today is a different story.

I don't think a Commando was ever considered by anybody (except Hobot) as a good off road bike and the S and SS models were simply styling exercises to try to cash in on the off-road riding boom.

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Re: N15CS Thread

Postby BillT » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:49 pm

pierodn wrote:Hi.
I understand, but i think the N15 is not a very off road bile!
Piero


The bike was developed as a desert racer.

Very competitive until about 1966 - then superseded by the P11.

Read the Hybrid history on the NOC website.
'73 Norton 850 Commando - 3030xx
'69 Norton Ranger 750 - P11/1289xx
'67 Matchless G15CS - G15CS/1235xx
'61 Matchless G80CS - 61/G80CS/41xx
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Re: N15CS Thread

Postby pierodn » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:09 am

Hi.
I completely agree with you that in the '70 these bikes was for off road.
I have mounted on my P11 two trials Heidenau tires just because I want to try to use the bike off road and on the beach that now in the spring has the sand still very tough.
But I'm afraid that won't be so easy.
Thanks
Piero

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Re: N15CS Thread

Postby Norton46 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:07 pm

Piero
is there a chance you may attend the swap meet at Reggio Emilia on April 1 and 2?

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