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I like go fast much. Reaction time just too slow now. Besides not foolish enough to try anymore because of that.
 
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In the mid 70s, my brother and I street raced our Commandos quite a bit. The HPI MK II was really quick for a street Norton. My MK II less so, but they were easier to launch than a XS11 or KZ1000/900. I know the MK III sheared a tooth off of 1st gear twice, and the MK II once that I know of. George Gjonovitch would let me grab one out of his big coffee can of them. We would generally be slowing for the next light before their extra power came into play. Neither of us were old fat guys then.
 

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That would be a better toy than a torquey old antique Norton for leaving a stop light in a hurry. Triumph is starting to look good again.

My last go fast toy out of many. I would on occasion leave a stop light with about 6 inches of air under the front tire, but I was never that great at keeping the front wheel up for any extended amount of time. The bike always felt better with both tires on the tarmac. I can't lift the front wheel on my P11 unless there is a little hump/jump in the road. The front end just likes to be on the ground too much. What was the topic of this thread? Oh yeah feelings. Lots of good feelings riding the Duc when I was in shape and still had plenty of testosterone to burn.

One of the all time, Great looking motorcycles.....:cool:
 

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In the mid 70s, my brother and I street raced our Commandos quite a bit. The HPI MK II was really quick for a street Norton. My MK II less so, but they were easier to launch than a XS11 or KZ1000/900. I know the MK III sheared a tooth off of 1st gear twice, and the MK II once that I know of. George Gjonovitch would let me grab one out of his big coffee can of them. We would generally be slowing for the next light before their extra power came into play. Neither of us were old fat guys then.

I lived in OC in the Fullerton/Placentia area in the 70's and I am so Bummed I did not know about his shop.
Things would have been different and I probably would have been a lot poorer.
But it would have been fun.........
 
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He was over near Newhope and Westminster Bl. when I first got my Atlas, then he moved over to Garden Grove Bl. near Newland. That's mu usual route to the beach. I can't help but to look at the building and remember those days every time I pass.
 

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I ride at least 60 or 70 miles on one of my commandos every weekend, unless I am out touring the US on my Harley or its snowing. Did about 70 miles on the 750 yesterday. The 850 is coming to bits as the head has to go to mr Comstock for surgery. My weeks are just spacing so I can ride again on the weekends.
 

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I ride at least 60 or 70 miles on one of my commandos every weekend, unless I am out touring the US on my Harley or its snowing. Did about 70 miles on the 750 yesterday. The 850 is coming to bits as the head has to go to mr Comstock for surgery. My weeks are just spacing so I can ride again on the weekends.
I highly recommend retirement. Working is very inconvenient. I try to go for a ride on the Norton every morning if it isn't raining and the temp is at least 50 degrees. Hopefully this winter I can finally get the airhead back together so I will have another option. Not as fun as the Norton, but if I put the fairing on I can extend the riding season.
 
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That's why my old wing has been revived.... Faring is sheer misery in the heat... in the cold it can't be beat. Light to medium rain is doable too. I got caught about ten miles out on the Norton by falling sky just after lunch. It made me do a 180 and come back at high speed before the road was drenched. Goggles are your best friend sometimes.
 
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Off for a 2 week trip, starting in 30 min.
3000 km slow roads.
Monts d'Ardèche, Cévennes..:

1980 names
Why don't you just rub it in lol anyway nice one and have a safe trip and rub it in a bit more with some more great pics, have a great time but of course I think you will.

Ashley
 

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Everytime I see one of Ludwigs rides, I see more trick things.
On this one, I'll start with the horizontal 'Norton' on a verticle engine and go from there.
All the nices touches on this P11 while maintaining a relatively 'Stock' looking ride.
Nicely done.....
 
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Everytime I see one of Ludwigs rides, I see more trick things.
On this one, I'll start with the horizontal 'Norton' on a verticle engine and go from there.
All the nices touches on this P11 while maintaining a relatively 'Stock' looking ride.
Nicely done.....
'P11?' Yes, the new frame, side panels, air filter et al are pretty discrete :) (Sorry!)
 
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Don't know anything about the pedigree, but I do know it's a beauty and I drink Dos XX whenever opportunity arises.
 
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Just another trip to shovel sh*t, feed my wife's horse and hang out at the barn for a bit. Visit the horses and owners I've become friends with. Day before yesterday, I found a route that shaves a mile overall off of the trip. The new route encompasses a couple miles of pretty smooth roads with wide sweeping turns and some elevation changes. Its in a very affluent neighborhood, and highly patrolled, but I'm in to being precisely where I want to be in the lane, not going fast. I replaced the petcock on the Suzuki GS1000G a couple months ago. Fuel is clearly not getting into the oil, but it may have had a little hydraulic lock on starting. I like these old Suzuki fours. They are not Nortons, The last new street bike I bought was a 2005 Concours. That bike sucked. I honestly didn't like anything about it. They will also bend rods like a pretzel with a vacuum petcock leak. I didn't race anything, but at least I could split lanes at every light and move along that way.
 
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