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Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by Voodooo, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. worntorn

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    You might give the stock setup a good try first.
    Ive done some long days with that, 1100 kms from prairies on thru the Rocky and Coast mountains to the Pacific Coast in ten hours on one memorable occasion.
    Of course ideal ergos are different for different shaped people, but I find the stock setup works really well for long haul touring.

    Glen
     
  2. comet

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    Oh I have. I bought my 961 Cafe Racer in 2013 and 3 years later I couldn't ride it due to shoulder/wrist problems. Changing from clip-ons to standard bars made it rideable again. I bought the ThruxtonR in 2016 on the basis that it was fairly upright despite being a cafe racer, but 3 years on and age has caught up with me again!
     
  3. Britfan60

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    Haven't made up my mind on that yet. I have two T140D and the 961. Really looking for a two up bike. I'm looking forward to testing the Speed Twin 1200, but do I really need another Café type? Want the misses to be fairly comfy. She's been getting on the back of those Triumphs for 35 years, God bless her. I think I'm narrowed down to either a Beemer 1200RT, simply because I don't want to back 900lbs out just for 100 mile rides, OR go with the 900lbs and get a Street Glide Special or a Road King. It's got the old school bad ass black leather jacket rep (we have Angels and other element around here) and I can't spit without hitting a Harley dealership. I have two in 10 miles and around 5 in under 40 miles, roadside assistance with loaners. No more bullshit. Too old for that. I might even settle for a soft tail with pegs. Not into floor boards.
     
  4. worntorn

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    Sorry Comet, I didn't realize you already have the R.
    64 years old with back issues here (ruptured disc, 30 years construction work)
    I was pleasantly surprised to find that the lean ahead feet back bikes, even sportbikes, are much more comfortable for me than the sit up straight bikes. I had to learn to get the stomach muscles in gear to unload the wrists at speeds under 65 mph, then all was fine.
    30 minutes on a feet forward Harley and the old injury is screaming again.

    Glen
     
  5. Voodooo

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    I’m torn between the Atlas Nomad or Triumph Speed Twin.

    I’d love to have a Vincent black shadow, Ducati green frame 750, Norton Manx, Matchless G50, AJS 7R
     
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  6. worntorn

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    Ive got a couple of Vincent Rapides . Rapides and Shadows are identical other than black engine paint, 1/16" bigger carbs and a bit higher compression for the Shadow. It's the same parts book for both bikes.
    At the first rebuild most Rapides went Shadow spec or beyond.
    Ive got one at Shadow spec, the other a bit higher.
    I enjoy them a lot and have used one for 55,000 miles of touring.
    As riders they aren't worth the money they bring.
    The value these days seems to be more in buying one as a static display for showing to others who might not be able to afford them.
    Not that many owners really get in and ride now. This is a shame because they make a great touring bike, especially two up.



    Glen
     
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  7. jbruney

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    I've seen pics of one of your beauties. I wouldn't care if they ran and handled like a pig because their looks offset any flaws as far as I'm concerned...Rapide & Shadow are just straight forward beautiful machines. Velocettes & Guzzi Falcone come in behind them as well as some other nice vintage ones...I'm frozen in time on motorcycles.
     
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  8. worntorn

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    Hard to fault the RT.
    505 lbs claimed dry weight but I think more like 650 on the road. Still light compared to most in its class.
    Ive ridden the older 110 HP version. It's fast enough and handles well due to the relatively low c.o.g.

    Glen
     
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  9. Stephen_Spencer

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    Hi Rob, yes, you busted me. Both would be heart purchases. All my ‘head’ requirements are taken care of by my do-it-all KTM 990 Adventure. Really not interested in anything utilitarian or other fantastic plastic. It’s all about the passion (heart) for me!!!

    And yes, I am old enough to be a Time Lord; could do with a Tardis to keep my bikes in, might get the wife off my case!! There are at least 5 or 6 of us between you and Brisbane. We should meet up in a central location, maybe stay over for the night and drink too much beer!

    Regards
    Steve
     
  10. BLIGHTYBRIT/SF

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    So what’s your take on this one Glen ? , put this on the other side of Access Norton last year
     
  11. worntorn

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    That is the RTV Vincent and it came from the mind of Terry Prince.
    The partnership dissolved in financial acrimony and lots of money was lost.
    Terry continued on developing modern high performance top end kits for Vincents as well as other high performance parts , cams, cranks etc. He is still doing that today, as his health permits.
    I ordered a set of his last iteration top ends in 2012 in order to build a hotrod engine for a very lightweight monoshocker I had built around a standard 998 engine.
    These top ends have Norton Manx style combustion chambres and a lot of other trick stuff.
    Terry also provided me with some excellent race cams and a one off porkchop 102 mm stroker crank. The engine is 1360 CCS The bike weighs 348 lbs with oil and battery.( Same or similar to the new Norton 650 Superlight?)
    I guess it's fairly closely related to the red bike in the photo above in that it is an Egli type but is a monoshocker.
    Heres the engine ready to be installed. The 41 mm Dellorto pumpers on there work really well. Sometimes too well!


    And the bike









    Glen
     
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  12. BLIGHTYBRIT/SF

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    Blimey ! ,one pretty irreplaceable motorcycle,can’t believe it’s the age it is ,set the bar high
     
  13. Fast Eddie

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    How old do you think it is?
     
  14. 961al

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    mmm....my head's definitely ruled my heart over the last 4 yrs...needed to cut down from too many bikes....so i sold all these..loved em all.. [​IMG]
     
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    but still got these....for now... [​IMG]
     

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