brand new Norvin!

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[QUOTE="Fast Eddie, post: 292179, member: 5411"
The best looking Norvin frame I've seen was made by Degens, he used the same radius a Manx uses on the top, rear, bend... But used it at the bottom front, so that 'space' wasn't there. Nice.[/QUOTE]


This is the advantage of going to a custom frame builder like Dave Degens -he will make a frame to go around the engine- he has the old world type of manual tube bender, (wish I had one of them) if you ever went into his workshop you might have seen him or his assistant hanging vertical on an extra-long tommy bar tube whilst bending a frame tube on the tube bender and getting it not to spring back again!
 

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Yes I saw it, I even swung on it! The dream team at Dresda was (perhaps still is) Dave, Herb, Russell and of course Theresa (Mrs Degens).

Herb was the main frame man. Never knew his real name, just know it wasn’t Herb!

Everyone had nick names of course, including a young fella called ‘one lap’... cos he made a rev counter bracket for my racer once, it looked lovely, but I said “that won’t last one lap”and it didn’t!
 

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With regard to the "ComDom" if someone had to guess at a value what do you think it should be priced at?? If you think it looks good in the picture, it looks even better in person!!
 

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I guess no one can help you with the value question sadly.

Are you still intending to keep it for yourself?

It’s a fine looking machine for sure.

But I gotta say, both in terms of riding pleasure and investment potential, the Godet Egli will beat this hands down.

That’d be the one I’d go for!
 
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Could be the price of a smart Triton, minus the price of the Triumph engine, plus what the Comet engine can be sold for.
 

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I plan on keeping it, won't ride it much mostly just to look at! The Egli is too pricey for me, that belongs in Jay Leno's garage, along with the MV America and the XR 750!
 
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Thats the problem with places like Ebay etc so many scammers trying to get your cash, its a world we live in you just got to be one step ahead of them all the time and don't let your guard down.

Ashley
Is that Pete writing? I tried to contact you at Ardingley show as I am building a tuned ES2 and would like to ask about tuning strategy etc. Jan Nelder, 07939 123555. thanks.
 

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Is that Pete writing? I tried to contact you at Ardingley show as I am building a tuned ES2 and would like to ask about tuning strategy etc. Jan Nelder, 07939 123555. thanks.
No - That's Ashley from Brisbane, Australia.
I think you're looking for Peter Ashley of the Shley ES2 fame - different bloke - don't even know if he's on this forum.
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Thanks Rob I was wondering what Jan was on about.

Ashley from Brisbane
 
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No - That's Ashley from Brisbane, Australia.
I think you're looking for Peter Ashley of the Shley ES2 fame - different bloke - don't even know if he's on this forum.
Cheers
Rob
Yes I am, and no luck so far, even after asking his local NOC branch to help!!
 
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I've heard that the first problem you hit when putting a Vincent engine and gearbox into a Norton frame is that the engine sits too high and too far back.

Looks like it's true.

Just what I was thinking. The steep angle of the downtubes prevents a more forward placement. A Comet engine looks to be a better fit, or at least minus the rear cylinder would yield a higher % of weight on the front.


There were 3 Comets on the track at the AHRMA races at GingerMan last weekend. Never saw 3 together before.
 
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Twin owners liked to call the singles Arfer’s... as in it’s Arfer twin!

Guaranteed to wind up single owners...

(For our colonial cousins ‘Arfer’ sounds like the name ‘Arthur’ but also like saying ‘half a...’ it’s what the Brits call humour...)
I've sampled arf n arf. Humor improver.
 
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Just what I was thinking. The steep angle of the downtubes prevents a more forward placement. A Comet engine looks to be a better fit, or at least minus the rear cylinder would yield a higher % of weight on the front..

That’s the problem with a Vincent V twin engine in a f/bed frame, you either have to sit the engine high or cut the gearbox rear lug off- or get a frame built specially for this engine. . . . .
 
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I built my Norvin with a wideline frame and a Rapide engine complete with its gearbox.
If you remove the small lug at the rear end of the primary chaincase where the swinging arm will go on a standard Vin, the engine will fit, even though it's a very tight fit.
I'm lucky enough to have EV3 (which is the number 3 bike built by Fritz Egli) living three miles from me and sometimes in my shop for some work/maintenance, when the two bikes are side by side one can see that the Egli engine seat higher than the Norvin's. Two full inches actually! This is a fact.
 
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or modify
That’s the problem with a Vincent V twin engine in a f/bed frame, you either have to sit the engine high or cut the gearbox rear lug off- or get a frame built specially for this engine. . . . .
or modify the bottom rails of a featherbed, see Stile Italiano : on one they are customising now.
 

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