Norton vs. Triumph

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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby B+Bogus » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:03 am

pvisseriii wrote:Well, since we're off topic, I sold a Ducati to re-attain Norton ownership status but the thought of a 74 or 75 750GT, especially Yellow, sitting next to what I got paints a masterpiece on the pages of my mind.


Snap!

I like your thinking :mrgreen:

I sold an 851 to get my 850, but would I sell one of my squarecases?

Only to fund an expansion of my '70s bike collection...which would have to feature a '73-74 750GT ;)
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby mikegray660 » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:08 pm

B+Bogus wrote:
pvisseriii wrote:Well, since we're off topic, I sold a Ducati to re-attain Norton ownership status but the thought of a 74 or 75 750GT, especially Yellow, sitting next to what I got paints a masterpiece on the pages of my mind.



Only to fund an expansion of my '70s bike collection...which would have to feature a '73-74 750GT ;)


i decided i liked my 900SS-but it isn't my favorite , and didn't want to sell it to get a 70's round case ducati - especially since i have one already (owned it for 21 yrs, norton for 26,) - but Andy i do drool over those late 70s 900SS

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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby B+Bogus » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:50 pm

That is one pretty bike!

This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....

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Back to the original Norton V Triumph question, I don't have a clue about anything built in recent history, but I've always rated the Commando more highly than the Triumph T140, and I was always baffled as to why they managed to keep on building the T140, but not the Commando.
I suspect the answer is more down to politics than economics, but still a tragedy nevertheless.

I was reading an interview with Mick Olfield (ex NVT - he designed the red & blue stripe paint job) Quote:
'It's ironic that they had to shut down just when they'd worked out how to make the Commando profitably'

Funny old world...
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby stevefiendish » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:13 am

I think the difference is if you take the plastics off a modern bike from any of the major manufacturers, unless there's a distinctive shape to the engine you can't tell them apart. It's a shame but I don't see a lot of difference from some of the bikes in the triumph range and the stuff from japan, even the new BMW has that generic sports bike shape and sound. I'm begining top sound like my Dad. Cheers, Steve

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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby mike996 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:41 am

Same nowadays with cars. Heck, you can't tell them apart at all (other than Ferraris and such). A BMW looks like an MB which looks like Toyota which looks like a Chevy which...etc. I beginning to think they are all the same car made in the same factory and as they come down the line the last assembly worker glues whatever emblem is necessary to end up producing the daily required number of each brand's cars. ;)
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby Coco » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:58 am

[quote="B+Bogus"]That is one pretty bike!

This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....

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One of my favourite bikes^^^^^ and probably the only Ducati I would like to own.
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby mike996 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:30 am

Isn't "the eye of the beholder" funny?...to me the Commando in similar trim (like Paul from Belgium's avatar) is much more elegant looking bike than the Duc. It wasn't until the 900SS' appeared in '92 that I thought Ducati's were good looking bikes. The 900SS first got me onto a Ducati (folowed by the 916 and then a 996).

I am NOT criticising the Ducati at all - just noting that we are all different and, as Cpt. James T. Kirk once said, "There's no accounting for taste!" :)
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby mikegray660 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:04 pm

B+Bogus wrote:That is one pretty bike!

This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....

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Funny old world...


Beautiful Andy! Really is my favorite "real Duc", and probably one of the most beautiful 70-early 80s motoring-masterpieces (with norton's and Laverda triples right behind IMHO)
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby swooshdave » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:42 pm

Coco wrote:This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....


If I had a 750 or 900SS that would be more incentive to have a proddy just to round out the collection of racers.
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby B+Bogus » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:46 pm

Maybe my next Commando may get 'the treatment', but I'd have to sell a Duke to fund it.

It would need a Maney motor though :mrgreen:

Hmmmmm....now there's a thought.
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby Coco » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:38 pm

swooshdave wrote:
Coco wrote:This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....


If I had a 750 or 900SS that would be more incentive to have a proddy just to round out the collection of racers.


Misquote. That wasn't me who typed that. I don't even know what a proddy is. I'm guessing production racer?
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby B+Bogus » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:41 pm

Coco wrote:
swooshdave wrote:
Coco wrote:This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....


If I had a 750 or 900SS that would be more incentive to have a proddy just to round out the collection of racers.


Misquote. That wasn't me who typed that. I don't even know what a proddy is. I'm guessing production racer?


Yep - in 'old' English ;)
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby swooshdave » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:45 pm

Coco wrote:
swooshdave wrote:
Coco wrote:This is the only reason I won't do my Commando as a proddy racer (see - not off-topic at all :mrgreen: )....


If I had a 750 or 900SS that would be more incentive to have a proddy just to round out the collection of racers.


Misquote. That wasn't me who typed that. I don't even know what a proddy is. I'm guessing production racer?


You screwed up the quote from Bogus. I just made it worse. :mrgreen:
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Re: Norton vs. Triumph

Postby montelatici » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:01 pm

Ducati are very nice bikes. Never owned one, but I would have likd to. Though Laverdas were the only bike I thought compared to my Norton in the 70s. At my age, my Commando is all I need and can find time to ride.
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