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That chop again

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

  1. Joe Schlaberdowski

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    Hobot, that black xke hearse can't hold a funeral candle to the original TV Batmobile. It all reminds me of a serious piece of music written by Julius Fucik in the early part of the twentieth century called "Entry Of The Gladiators", a true musical analog to all of this mechanical "art." If form follows function I'm at a loss for words.
     
  2. Fullauto

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    I have seen this mongrel bastard of a bike a few times now and I just wish the bloke who did it would ride off a cliff.
     
  3. cliffa

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    They were awesome in the day. Check this out at Snetterton "Race of the Aces" 1989 @ about 35 seconds in...



    I was talking to Brian Crighton at the IOM Classic TT in 2015 (when they had all the NMM bikes there), and he reckons there was still plenty more power to come if development funds had been available, and they hadn't been banned at the end of 1994. I think by then they had switched to Yamaha Cassette gearboxes

    Have a look on YouTube for WizNorton, they are still racing two.
     
  4. Nater_Potater

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    B+Bogus likes this.
  5. Mr. Rick

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    Actually one piece of good news in that advert: "... Looks Brand New ....Never To Be Repeated ! "
     
  6. hobot

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    I took a closer look and don't see anything substandard, just well done thoughtful functional features and details. Pretty cheap too if engine and drive train done with similar attention. I think recenty someone on forum posted archived opinion blog from a fella that said the snazzy flowing styling of first Commandos put them off so much they bought Triumphs and BSA's instead. I'm in touch with dozens of people that don't join forums and some the banned blacksheep too so don't remember who sent that insightful blog on fickle cycler tastes. Its got flavors of original Nortons pinstripe paint schemes and the tank shape Deere and New Norton thought looked right. I suspect the expressed bad opinions is merely recoiling at its semi Harley hard tail look, so can't stand being reminded how close kissing cousins Commandos are to 'obnoxous' American Iron. Ya can bet who ever ends up with it will not be showing up here or at INOA rally's. One of the coolest pleasant Commando versions - built in custom vintage everything shop here - used huge swoopy full coverage Indian Chief mudguards, tall bars and wide saddle seat with bulbous hog like tank. Interesting enough to delay Wes and I trip to Ohio most an hour to inspect its details and take photo's - knowing it would take someone outside Norton circles to appreciated it. Here ya go fret over this show winner
     
  7. Fast Eddie

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  8. Mr. Rick

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    But it has Bakelite hubs and rims! How can ya turn away from that?
     
  9. cliffa

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    For gentlemen of advancing years (which I guess is a fair percentage of Commando owners) just the thought of the proximity of the saddle to the output sprocket makes my eyes water :eek::eek::eek:


     
  10. hobot

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    Un fair comparison of pure art show queen vs snazzy capable safe bobbery-choppery head turner. Glad people creating interesting unique 'extreme' cycles as plenty the ordinary sensible kind repeated everywhere else. Not safe remembering not to reflex scratch butt so near open sprocket.
     
  11. 84ok

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    the appeal of this bike is the combo of a harley or aftermarket softail frame, with a commando engine, prob a one & only,

    the softail line looks like a rigid but actually runs hidden twin shocks at the bottom back end, tho the ad sez "Hagon Central Shock"
     
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  12. Nater_Potater

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    I was thinking of these for the Norton...
    [​IMG]

    Nathan
     
  13. 84ok

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    plus pipes
     
  14. hobot

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    Yep sir very few proper current Brit Iron riders can face the world/future spread out full frontal as our closest kissing Hog cousins. Too much for me too but I've interviewed these illegal ape hangers on how they steer, to be told, its all in the hip motion man all in the hips. Outside scope of forum Commando owners comprehension of expression, that don't care what others think, just how it feels. Prolly gets laid more often too dang it.
     
  15. 84ok

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  16. Briz

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  17. Peter R

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    Sooner or later there will probably come a day that people will regret turning perfectly useable motorcycles into horendous and unrideable pieces of crap.
     
  18. Danno

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    MY EYES! MY EYES!
     
  19. Danno

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    The rotary was a BSA project that Norton inherited along with Triumph in the big merger.
     
  20. baz

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    Yep one day they will regret it, also the people who restore them back to factory spec and never ride them,
    It takes another Norton off the road and puts the price out of reach of the younger budding Norton rider imo
     

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