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Author Topic: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton  (Read 1443 times)

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2013, 10:24:16 PM »
Got to look at the website,  Duc - thanks for the link, I'm such a cheap bastard. You think I break down and just buy one of them...I don't even think my better half would even care if I did..Looks to me like you're riding beautiful craftsmanship propelled by a
961 push rod twin ( weird displacement) ...I never rode one bit it sure sounds like fun..I would think they would hold their value especially if they are special order...few dealers here - Well we all pretty much been there and back.. 8)
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2013, 11:05:13 PM »
I'm sure they'll hold value.  Heck, the Vespa 946 is arriving at the corner shop later today.  That's $10k for a scooter.  I'm sure that will hold it's value for the same reason: quirky niche bike in limited numbers.  They're only making 250 of those ever.  Still, $10k is a LOT for a scooter.

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2013, 03:53:07 PM »
The name on the tank is what I actually like the most.
Norton always did outsource a lot,but tried to get the best parts for the money,not just the cheapest parts.
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2013, 04:01:00 PM »
Wow!  That new Commando is RAZOR SHARP!  Beautiful bike.

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2013, 11:20:36 PM »
Don't beat me up, but all three models on the website look the same to me.  I'm not into the Café Racer look either.  Not knocking those who are anymore than liking blondes over brunettes, but I like the looks of the oversized Triumphs better. 
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2013, 12:16:57 PM »
I cannot believe they are not in the US yet. There're already 2 in South Africa and one I saw in person at the Classic Motorcycle club in Cape Town. Fantastic machine; the engine does look Norton but overall the bike looks very contemporary.

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2013, 06:25:46 PM »
Your saying the 06 Bonnie actually sounded like a Brit motorcycle as it came from the factory?

The '12 Bonnie I test rode sounded like my mothers old Singer sewing machine.  A powerful sewing machine but a sewing machine none the less.
well, i did install the louder, more aurally satisfying pipes due to the stock mufflers muffling qualities. but, other than that...
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2013, 07:40:23 PM »
I have never heard a Hinckley Triumph that sounded anything like a Meriden. Not even close!
I don't think any of the Hinckleys have a 360 crank. They just don't sound the same. Bloor, for whatever reason is trying to get them to sound like a Hardley, ferchrissake!
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2013, 10:03:32 PM »
Doesn't the America model have a 270 crank or something to make it sound like a Harley?  Ugliest bike in the lineup.

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2013, 04:09:25 PM »
The word from the UK is that Norton has totally screwed up how they've handled these bikes as far delivering to customers;  Down payments leading to very long waits and continuous delays of delivery and very poor communication from the factory and dealers.  It's been quite a mess from what I've read.

I think the bikes are gorgeous.  I've seen some Triumph comparison vids.  And for what it's worth, those new Triumph's sound fantastic with aftermarket exhausts like Arrow.  Sure, add another grand and maybe they don't sound like your old fashioned scoot, but they sound good.  The 2 into 1 Arrow on the Scrambler sounds fantastic.  What bike sounds great with factory pipes?
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2013, 04:27:01 PM »
I think the new Indian at $19k is more interesting.  But still WAY above what I would pay for a motorcycle.  For that money, I would get a Fiat 500 convertible.   ;)
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2013, 06:17:34 PM »
The Ducati GT1000 had that same large gap between the rear fender and tire.  I guess it happens when you try to use a modern frame in a bike that's supposed to look vintage.  I think the three different bikes look remarkably similar too, but I still like them.  Motot Guzzi did a better job making their standard and café look different, even though they're pretty much the same bike. 

Regardless, I like the look of the new bikes.  Are they perfect replicas of the old ones?  No, it's a modern interpretation, but I still like it. 

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2013, 06:23:06 PM »
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I guess it happens when you try to use a modern frame in a bike that's supposed to look vintage.

Actually it's using a vintage frame with a modern tire. The low aspect tires of today are a much smaller diameter than those of yesteryear!
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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2013, 06:44:23 PM »
Ah!  That makes sense.

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Re: I had not heard about this before, re. Norton
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2013, 05:43:34 AM »
I guess they could grow on me, but I would have expected the cylinders tilted forward a little more to look more "Nortonish" if that's descriptive.  They'd be a bit rakier looking.
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