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It's a long way back from hell... (Yves)

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Jagbruno, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. Atlas Commando

    Atlas Commando VIP MEMBER

    Feb 27, 2018
    Yves, my condolences. I've been out of country and mostly off the web for about 9 weeks and obviously missed something big and nasty. My bad one was back in 1979 when I tangled with some spilled gravel and an Armco barrier. Five Canadian beers apparently did not help my judgement....I lost 3/4" of height and picked up a limp but consider myself lucky. I hope you recover very well and carry on with your admirable habit of chasing the limits of Norton performance. You are fortunate to have an understanding dog and an understanding wife.
  2. 84ok


    Aug 10, 2014
    game changer aug 88 for me, left turner, best yves
  3. SteveA


    Dec 20, 2011
    Step by step, Yves!

    Rolling chassis...engine.....

    Best Wishes.
  4. yves norton seeley

    yves norton seeley

    Feb 13, 2014
    Hi there,
    Saturday, one of my friends give me a lift to Frank Jordens, the garage where my bike is.
    Very sad day, the bike is total loss, the frame is bend and everityng outside the frame is destroyed, only the engine looks good, all the polished aloy on the bike are attacked by a product used by the fiermans to avoid fire. I was crayng really...
    I hope that the insurance from the other party will pay me the amount I deserve.
    In case they do, I plan to buy a Seeley MK 2 with a 750 engine wit all the good stuff, Maney cases, crank and cylinder, fullauto head and so on, the bike was built by one of the best builders in the world.The BIke is brand new with only 1.000 miles I wish to keep everithing secret so far.
    To make the story short: When Bruno make the annoucement of my accident, I receive a PM from the owner of the Seeley MK2, saying that is bike was not for sale, but for me he agree to sale it, a real gentelman!
    Once I have the bike I will mix some parts from the engine from my destroyed bike with is engine.
    Now the situation of my healt, generaly it is better, I feel stronger every day, but I can not put my bad leg on the floor, the one with the broken hip, order from the doctors!
    On January 7 I must go back to the hospital an they will deceide for the future.
    On my bad leg, around my knee, I have two black crust, the smalest one is about one square inch, this one was coming lose and I discover a hole where I can put my whole tumb in it
    Keep you posted
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  5. Kvinnhering

    Kvinnhering VIP MEMBER

    Feb 16, 2011
    Sad to hear that the bike is in such a bad state. But the most important thing is that you are on your feet and you still getting better and better.
    Hope the insurance company will cover the cost of buying the new bike. I wish you good luck.
  6. Deets55

    Deets55 VIP MEMBER

    Oct 3, 2013
    Glad to hear you are getting around more. Hopefully with some time you will be as good as new. I always enjoyed seeing pictures of your old bike, and look forward to seeing pictures of your up coming project. But PLEASE! no pictures of that hole in your knee.

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  7. KiwiNeill

    KiwiNeill Guest

    Glad you,re up and (sort of) running, your health and well-being the most important thing at the moment, bike can always be rebuilt. I,m surprised at the extent of the bike damage, didn,t realise it was that bad.
    Anyway good luck with the healing process, be great to see you at the International Rally in Holland next year.
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  8. yves norton seeley

    yves norton seeley

    Feb 13, 2014
    Thanks God, I am a non believer, but the fact that I am still here change my opinion
  9. B+Bogus


    Jun 28, 2009
    Great to hear you're on your feet (just!) again.
    Sorry to hear about the bike. At least you have a good way forwards.
    Worth remembering that any frame can be repaired, and Seeley frames more so than most - there must be about a dozen jigs out there!
    Much simpler if a complete bike comes your way and the insurance plays fair.
    Looking forwards to the next update, and hope the healing goes well.
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  10. yves norton seeley

    yves norton seeley

    Feb 13, 2014
    Yes I know that any frame can be repaired, but I don't like to ride a repaired frame, I know it's stupid but this how I am on the other part I prefer a
    MK2 frame from a MK3 frame.
    If I have to repair my bike it will take me a lot of time to do it and first of al, I want to ride, I am 68, so not so many years to go and ride a bike, if I ever recover fully from my injurys witch is not garanded at the moment, but believe me, I will do everithing possible to be back on a bike, even If I need a lift truck to put me on the bike.
    The problem is my right leg, at the moment I can lift my feet only a few inches, still far away from puting my leg over the bike, of course with some practice I can try to put my left leg over.
    A E start will be also mandatory
    As you see a lot of hope and a lot of will to rich my goal
    Keep you posted
  11. NKN


    Mar 28, 2016
    Salut Yves, je te souhaite un bon retour parmi nous. Nul doute que tu remonteras sur une belle machine pour faire frotter tes pieds dans les courbes et t'enivrer de sensations fortes.
    Après la morphine, la dopamine :)
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  12. Reggie


    Jul 24, 2006
    Hi Yves, it's great to hear from you, and that things are going in the right direction for you, even if it's very slowly.
  13. SteveA


    Dec 20, 2011
    Yves, be very careful with that crust at this time of year!

    Little Yves Norter
    Sat in the corner,
    Eating a Christmas pie;
    He put in his thumb,
    And pulled out a plum.................
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  14. Klaus Monning

    Klaus Monning

    Nov 27, 2014
    Hello Yves and all who are interested,
    There is only one man who can repair this frame to original specification. That is Roger Tichmarsh, because that's where the frame came from. It fits 100% to his jig and the man of course knows what he is doing. Certainly I also like him personally. But of course I can also see your point Yves. You simply don't feel well on a frame with such an unfortunate history.
    Of course it's now up to you to decide your future way. I'd go for a short stroke engine. You have a fine cyl.- head, long conrods. What you need is pistons with the original compression height. The difference in compression height can be made up with a the stroke of a new crankshaft.
    It could be rather simple.
    I'm curious to hear your ideas.
    All the best for your health wishes
  15. yves norton seeley

    yves norton seeley

    Feb 13, 2014
    Little Yves Norter
    Sat on his Seeley
    Enjoying his ride
    A women comes out the parking
    And pulled out his bones
  16. Deets55

    Deets55 VIP MEMBER

    Oct 3, 2013
    Still on that morphine drip aren’t ya Yves :cool:
  17. lynxnsu


    Sep 18, 2007
    hi Yves
    I do not visit the forum often anymore so was not aware that you were that badly beaten up
    hope eveything will sort out and that the insurance will pay you what your bike really was worth;and with that i not only mean money wise
    all the best from us here in atom and hope to see you soon back on a bike
  18. jan nelder

    jan nelder

    Feb 18, 2018
    There are two seeleys on ebay.co.uk at the moment. One is 1007 Maney. good luck with recovery. Jan Nelder, UK.
  19. Dommie Nator

    Dommie Nator VIP MEMBER

    Apr 2, 2013
    Both from the same seller too.
  20. SteveA


    Dec 20, 2011
    Dispirate Dan?, some of us know that seller!

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