Discussion in 'Access Norton Pub' started by oldbeezer, Sep 19, 2019.
I'm gonna lose sleep over this tonight.... I like Duc's a lot.
The second biggest motorcycle mistake I made was selling a G15CSR
The biggest was selling a '74 750 GT
Back in 76 my best mate had a GT750 it had Amal carbies from the factory and I had my new 850 Commando, my mate Ken had a bad accident on it and ran up the back a VW on a cross road intersection he got badly injured but the Duc had minor damage he thought but once he was back on the road his bike was making a lot on rattling noises, his crank must have been bent but the bike kept running and every oil change was more metal in it, but the bike ran for years like that till it was so loud it had to be pulled down and every bearings in were completely chewed out but it never let up and we both rode hard together to see who got to the first twisties on the ranges always racing each other hard.
Since then everyone of my mates who had Duc's all had bad accidents on them about 6 mate back in the late 70's and they all substain broken legs, one mate had 2 broken legs from a crash, but they all wish they still had them as the older ones are pulling some top $$$
I was in the Ducati factory museum last week and saw (amongst other stuff) the ‘72 Imola bike, also Mike Hailwoods racer that spawned the MHRs, and Foggies WSB bike.
A GREAT day out !
I have 2 Ducks, A 250 the same as the one Paul Smart rode to victory in the 67 24 hour endurance race,( from the same batch and retailer I think) and a 960 bevel I am finishing to be my main ride. I also get to play with an ex works 125 DOHC TT race bike , Why I should have any interest in clunky old Nortons is a mystery!!.
I think that is Paul Smart to the right who rode the 72 Imola 750... Gary Nixon is probably on the left.
These were from photos taken back in the day by a member of the Kawasaki Triples website when i used to post there in the 1990's... I had hosted and posted the photos for him (He, Brian Furman owned a couple of H2's and passed away some time ago now)
I emailed the pictures to Gary Nixon around 6 months before he passed away and was very surprised to get a thank you email within 24 hours.
There are certain engines that are just beautiful, both to view and use - and round-case Dukes are certainly among the best of them.
Norton heavyweight twins are also in that club!
M My Duc is a run of the mill ‘07 red ST3s , no BS one of best bikes I have owned or ridden .... got to love twins , especially L twins ....the older Nortons are great/fun bikes and I love them too , just a little different ,eh
No sleep again tonight.
That Duc certainly flies in the hands of a master.
Couldn't resist showing you all my restored 900ss
lissen to then sickles howl
The best looking bevel SS in my opinion
My old ‘80 SS is the only bike I regret selling
The old Conti mufflers just made them sound great, I got my stock mufflers for my Truxton S opened up and baffles made up the same as the Conti baffles, the Thruxton performs great with them.
This is really making me regret parting with my 860gt
It had no town manners at all it had a pair of dunstalls that I drilled out it would pop and bang until the exhaust roses warmed up
Clutch used to drag it was easy to flood on start up etc
But out on a fast A road it was almost unbeatable
That's Erv Kanemoto, Nixon's tuner, standing with arms folded. Kanemoto later tuned Freddie Spencer to the 250 and 500 World Championships in the same year.