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That chop again

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Fast Eddie, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. Fast Eddie

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  2. Mr. Rick

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    An exercise (no doubt well-financed) in trying to become something it's not. No thanks, at any price.
    If you want a Harley, just go buy one!
     
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  4. robs ss

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    I wonder how it can be "with all matching numbers" since the frame doesn't appear to be Norton?
    ...unless the front part has been hacked from a good frame?

    There is a line from a great Australian film (The Castle) ... tell him he's dreaming!
     
  5. marshg246

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    Wow! $34316.63 USD! I wouldn't pay $3431.66 and I always seem to overpay! The engine and gearbox may have value but I don't see much else that does. He might find someone interested in a Norton chopper but I can't imagine anything like the price he wants.
     
  6. hobot

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    Realize only maybe 10% of Norton builders/owners online so most of what's going on in Nortondom not represented here. So see when biding ends to judge your sense of taste vs cost reality vs rest of the world not so recoiled by standing out from the ordinary cafe' routine. To my view its more a vintage style snazzy bobber than a chopper sheeze
     
  7. RoadScholar

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    Very V-Rod isk. The tank must have come dear, the detail looks decent, the lack of an air cleaner will always bother me...

    For the person who desperately wants attention?

    I believe that the Norton rotary was one of the first zombie motorcycles and about as reliable as a Yugo.

    If you have that kind of money, want attention and don't care about reliability there are plenty of organic experiences available that will leave you with more interesting memories, maybe a good reason to see your doctor, can't say.
     
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  8. o0norton0o

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    Obviously the fabricator is a guy with a decent skill set, but the bike is not appealing to my eye in the least. The arching gas tank and bulbous rear fender don't look good to me. In short, I think it may be well made, but it's ugly.
     
  9. Joe Schlaberdowski

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    To me even a Harley with all that bulbous stuff on it is just a candy wagon--and a Harley was made to be a cruiser. That is what a chopper was for--to cruise. Doing that to a Norton is a little like taking an XKE or (name your road race machine here) and trying to turn it into a chopped "bucket T" hot rod. Oh well. I wonder if the new owner will be wearing a studded naugahyde "post Vegas" Elvis jacket with shades to match.
     
  10. hobot

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    Common tastes with shallow thinking dominates pub forums but a few mutants escape those bounds even with a chopper'd XKE to die for

    EAoHow.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9p1ovaE_E

     
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  11. Fast Eddie

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    If the guy bought (or built) a new replacement frame, it is actually totally correct procedure to scrap the old frame and use the old frame number on the replacement frame. Thereby still being ‘matching numbers’.

    Kinda ironic on something that’s so obviously not original. But correct.
     
  12. Fast Eddie

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    Personally, I quite admire the detail that’s gone into this. I think the builder tried hard to encorporate Norton design elements into it.

    So I admire his attention to detail of design, as well as his actual engineering skills to put it into metal.

    The trouble for my eye is that the sum is LESS than parts, the actual look of the bike as a whole just doesn’t work.

    I imagine the builder must have had a small garage, so he had good ability to focus up close on his individual ideas, but no ability to stand back and look at the whole!

    As others have said, I think he shudda just bought a Harley and saved himself a whole lot of time!
     
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    Good movie too, if you are into that sort of thing.
     
  14. Mr. Rick

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    The Rotary was probably a good looking machine until they butchered an old footstool and hung it on the back as a Krauser luggage rack.
    Couldn't they figure out how to make it just a little more obtrusive? Maybe purple paint? Lime green?
     
  15. Fast Eddie

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    Great quote on the rotary “Original Condition, Bar The BSA Styling / Paintwork And BSA Badges” ... so not original at all then!

    Does anyone know if his claim that BSA developed the engine is true? I don’t recall reading that before.
     
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  18. Fast Eddie

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    I didn’t know that.

    So, the first twin rotor engine was installed in an A65 frame as early as 1973.

    Yet another sad story, on a par with the Triumph Trident story, about what might have been.

    That would have been a world beater in ‘73. By the time it was actually launched it was nothing more than a quirky novelty!

    So sad.
     
  19. gripper

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    I've had two Norton Rotaries and they were both excellent. I rebuilt the air-cooled engine but engine spares are as rare as rocking horse pooh now. Turbine smooth, thirsty, check my avatar
     
  20. Fast Eddie

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    I was at Darley more when the rotary racers first broke cover in public. We all thought it was some nutter with a hopped up Commando trying to compete with the modern stuff, then folks realised, then they became engulfed by a crowd!

    If I recall correctly, they had pre unit Triumph gearboxes back then. Which broke.

    The noise they made, like nothing else on Earth, is seared into my memory forever !
     
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