Joining the Norton Club

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I've been entertaining owning an old british bike for a while now. Always went back and forth on Triumph or Norton and finally decided to pull the trigger on a 1975 Norton MK3. Super excited to pick it up this Saturday and was hoping to receive any advice on what to know on owning one of these fantastic bikes. Thanks in advance everyone!
 

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And now the Journey begins.
Welcome aboard for the ride........
 

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Welcome!

My first advice - you could have saved a lot of thought and just got both a Norton and Triumph :) In fact, you could be crazy like some of us and kept getting bikes until you have nowhere to fit them!
 

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Welcome. Either are great choice, Norton being better. The single biggest thing, this is a 50 year old bike it will need some tinkering from time to time expect it. Don't get discouraged. Everything can be fixed. You don't have to have a perfect bike, you'll get plenty of looks 90% don't know what their looking at. Main thing- enjoy riding it. Congrats
 

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Welcome - you are in the right place . I can’t speak for Triumph but Commandos are very well supported to the point where you can nearly build an entire bike from new if your pockets are deep enough.
Look after it - it’s not a gas n go
Enjoy it - I have 3 Nortons from various eras and two Honda’s from different eras and If I could only keep one it would be the Commando
Be safe - if you don’t have one buy a hi vis vest - they don’t see you or don’t look hard enough .
 
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I've been entertaining owning an old british bike for a while now. Always went back and forth on Triumph or Norton and finally decided to pull the trigger on a 1975 Norton MK3. Super excited to pick it up this Saturday and was hoping to receive any advice on what to know on owning one of these fantastic bikes. Thanks in advance everyone!
Welcome, congratulations on your new bike!
Ride hard and safe. ;)
 
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Welcome to the "brotherhood". This website will be a huge resource for you, in at least two ways.
First, there is a ton of relevant information that has been accumulated from previous discussions, available by using the search function found at the top of the page. Or, you will often have better results by doing a Google search, adding "Access Norton" and the key words related to your question. This will help you answer the easy questions, and often will help you ask a better question if you are still stumped.
Second, there a few old farts on this site who know a couple of things about Nortons and are willing to share.
 

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Welcome
Hopefully you will have bought a bike that has been well looked after by the previous owner
When you can post some details and photos of it
Cheers
 

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Welcome to Hotel California - in motorcycle form...

Rules of Norton Club:

1. When your Norton is not running well, you wrench on your Norton.

2. When your Norton is running well, you wrench on your Norton.

3. When you are not wrenching on your Norton, you ride your Norton.

That is about all you need to know. Good luck and enjoy the Forum!!
 
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+1 on high viz vest and or jacket i have a 72 T120 triumph, 68 BSA A65, 75 XS650 Yamaha all good bike and i love them but when i built my 72/73 850 Commando none of the others come close it the daddy rabbit ...............we need to see pics of your newly acquired toy
 
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Glad to meet you, seoulshakers, lots of helpful tips to be found here, pictures are worth a thousand words, Welcome.,now you' own one there's no going back now, lol
 

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He hasn't picked it up yet so pics when you get it home, well maybe a good ride first, then pics, welcome, one rule I have is if its running great leave it alone, if its playing up then fix it, keep the maintenance up regularly and pat it on the tank and thank it when you get home safe from all rides as these bikes have a solo and they like to be rode, if you let them sit to long they will wet sump and leave a puddle, if you look after them they are very reliable, good luck and enjoy your new life as a Norton owner.

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I've been entertaining owning an old british bike for a while now. Always went back and forth on Triumph or Norton and finally decided to pull the trigger on a 1975 Norton MK3. Super excited to pick it up this Saturday and was hoping to receive any advice on what to know on owning one of these fantastic bikes. Thanks in advance everyone!

oh wow - well down the rabbit hole you go!

Ive only just recenylu started this education as well....start with researching 'wet sumping' now before spewing huge amounts of oil all over your 'new' bike and garage/driveway

dont ask me how I know

:D

use the search function liberally as there is almost certainly several threads already available for nearly any question that you might have.

post up a pic once you have one!
 

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Welcome - you are in the right place . I can’t speak for Triumph but Commandos are very well supported to the point where you can nearly build an entire bike from new if your pockets are deep enough.
Look after it - it’s not a gas n go
Enjoy it - I have 3 Nortons from various eras and two Honda’s from different eras and If I could only keep one it would be the Commando
Be safe - if you don’t have one buy a hi vis vest - they don’t see you or don’t look hard enough .
“ if you don’t have one buy a hi vis vest”
Assume car drivers don’t see you at all. If the driver doesn’t see a whole motorcycle with rider, that driver isn’t going to see a mere vest either.
 
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“ if you don’t have one buy a hi vis vest”
Assume car drivers don’t see you at all. If the driver doesn’t see a whole motorcycle with rider, that driver isn’t going to see a mere vest either.
Yes, light her up like a Christmas tree and buy a real blaster horn like my Stiebel Nautilus air. I blast 'em good when they drift towards me. Great fun watching them jump out of their seats.
 

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You are a fighter pilot. You check around yourself constantly or get shot down. Your mission is to return on the same bike you left home on.
Inspect your bike before each ride and after you return. Wipe it down all over, you will keep it clean and spot trouble much sooner that way. Do not launch with a problem. They don't magically go away.
Fortunately, parts are 99% available. Good advise here the same.
Welcome aboard.
 
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