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P11 50th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Norton P11 Motorcycles' started by Paul W, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Paul W

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    Received my NOC Roadholder magazine today and there is a super 50th Anniversary article on the P11. Well worth obtaining a copy.
     
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  2. jerrykap

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    That may prove hard to do? Perhaps someone will be able to scan it and post it here for us?
     
  3. Paul W

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    Hi Jerry, The article is written by Anthony Curzon but it states...Copyright 2018. So unsure?
     
  4. frankdamp

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    It doesn't seem like 50 years since I was riding the "prototype" - a bike made by the US importer of Associated Motorcycles' products and sold only to the US market. It wasn't called the P11 then and wasn't even a formal product of N-V. When N-V got it to test, it only had 12 miles on the odometer, so I got the task of breaking it in. After a brief ride around Wolverhampton, I went back to the factory and put a toolkit together to take with me on the rides. The tail-light fell off in that brief ride due to the heavy vibrations, and stopping to tighten things up was an integral part of my rides.

    It was an 'interesting" bike to ride. It's oddest quirk was a continuous weaving from side to side which got a bigger amplitude as speed built up. At 60 mph, it was about half the width of a freeway lane, with about a 1/4-mile wavelength. We hadn't figured out what caused it by the time I left.

    I had emigrated before it was introduced to the UK market as the P11. I was a bit surprised to see it marketed in the UK, as it wasn't a "typical" British-style machine.
     
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  5. jerrykap

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    Thanks, I'm personal friends with Anthony, we talk often. I'm sure at some point he will provide me with the anniversary article. I've contributed quite a lot to his P11 history over the years. He's a great mate.
     
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  6. NKN

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    I was "talking" with Anthony a very few times threw some emails and it was always interesting. I believe everybody knows that, with all his interest in P11, he now have enough stuff to write a (big) book about P11's. He told me that he looked for a printer and he always got the same answer: Not interested because this kind of book won't find enough buyers to pay the editor's job.
    I tried to get him on alternative ways for it to be printed, but I believe it was too incredible for him. Perhaps, I can just guess.

    A friend of mine is "self editing" his journey's books at www.thebookedition.com. Perhaps it could be a way to keep Anthony's job alive (please don't think I'm trying to push him in the next world where we'll all go one day), and I believe everybody here may buy one.

    Like you are one of Anthony's friend may I ask you to "help" him go this way. Or another, but let's try to have this get-at-able.

    Perhaps somebody here have a better idea, share it here and let's try something. He might appreciate that, finally, his work would be usefull and he even might be able to make some money with it. When retired, it always help a little.
     
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  7. Paul W

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    I have stated all along that I would certainly buy the definitive book!
     
  8. pierodn

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    Also i will buy this book.
    It is like the Bible, to be preserved in the bedside table.
    It will make you sleep more quiet.
    Ciao
    Piero
     
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  9. jerrykap

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    With permission from Mr. Curzon, I'm sharing my scan of his May 2018 Roadholder article here. I hope you can enlarge it enough to read this very interesting anniversary history of our favorite marque. Mr. Curzon's only proviso is that any of his detractors stay away from reading and commenting. He has put a great deal of effort into all of this over the many years of his involvement and deserves nothing but respect for his addition to our knowledge base.
     

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  10. andy johnson

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    since i started on my journey to bring an old week of a p11 back to its glory i have struggled with a many things and mr curzon has been a very valuable source of information for which im very grateful ,he certainly knows his stuff ! i hope his book does get published , put me down for one !
     
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    Del Reeves Running Wild cover

    Album released April 1968



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