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What about Norton?

O n the air for monthly appearance at ‘Side Up’ dot com, Bill and I were using internet largest motorcycle forum to the machines listed in our November question. Those with the slightest knowledge of our respective were no doubt surprised both Bill and I tagged the as our ‘pick’ of the litter. Heck, I we even surprised ourselves. for than reviewing the script we hadn’t discussed the matter

In of current events, maybe it such a shock after There’s been a real buzz circling our. circle here lately, and growing. Last month I on my Bloor triple for a two-day, mile turn-n-burn to meet at the vintage meet in San Luis

There, among other things we visited with recently appointed US-importer Capri and pursued the new Commando. to form, Capri (whose LSR are the stuff of legends) has already an initial round of tweaking to the injected twin, and happily the engine’s massive potential. AJS to Zenith and everything in between, our is filled with images of classics owned, restored, and by VMOL readers.

Finally, two weeks ago and without JJ pulled the trigger and flipped his King for a bullet-fast,  silver-hued GT.

What in the name of Winston is going on around here?

The motorcycle industry is back it and no one I’ve spoken with has any With the exception of the Indian-built Bullet, Triumph has basically the title of sole proprietor for the 15-years or so, steadily gaining with newer, ever-advancing and a few round-house rights (read; the Rocket III) tossed in for measure.

Interestingly, those to imitate Triumph’s considerable have thus far failed, Kenny Dreer’s Gladstone, Norton USA. A lack of sustenance doomed the effort Dreer could deliver his new to the masses, but the ball didn’t the ground before Stuart snatched up the manufacturing rights and the snortin’ Norton back on soil.

Focusing mainly on the vintage of things, I haven’t stayed on top of the at Norton but I am somewhat familiar the project. I was the first journalist to Dreer’s 952 prototype and came from the experience impressed. was fiddling with crank and experimenting with tuning (the machine I tested was fitted with carburetors) but in my the light and lithe new age Commando had merit.

Understandably, the new ownership has themselves from this era of the development, making over the pushrod parallel twin input from Oxfordshire’s Competition Technologies. No question far more sorted than the up prototype I rode, but I still see a lot of in the design. From my recollection, a good thing.

Founded by James Lansdown in 1898 and producing its first four-years later, Norton immediate success in circuit winning the first Manx TT a 690cc Peugeot twin. and track wins grew the years, through World War I and Norton’s golden age. their niche’ with OHV/C singles, the legendary and Manx gave way when the twin hit the scene in 1949.

For the 20 years the range hinged on the through ownership changes and market trends until the appeared in 1968. One year Dennis Poore combined the remaining chunks of the English industry by forming Norton Triumph, allowing the tide of a new to cleanly sweep away 100 years of British motorcycle

Norton Triumph Prototype

Since the retro-boom started you can the number of successfully resuscitated with one hand and have left over. MV Agusta, and Excelsior Henderson were all under a healthy economy, and for the barely breathing MV, none the financial burden of their RD payback. It seems a forgotten that Norton’s storied only played a part in the delivered to Kenny Dreer by his investor Oliver Crume.

than anything, the motivation relaunching Norton was Dreer’s popular ‘ Vintage ‘ and the stunning VR880 Special that emerged the VR skunkworks. I say this with because I was there, and along a good number of working watched the whole thing before my eyes. Given bit of information, one has to ponder the odds and his born again Norton but this is one time I’d to be proven wrong.

Then again, some of us warm up a little more to the if Dreer’s involvement in the machine’s wasn’t  brushed under the

I asked Kenny for a response, but he comment. I’m neither or upset by that. Frankly, more than capable and to put this story out all by my lonesome. analysts earn every of their pay because nothing is than predicting what or won’t catch the eye of the fickle For most, the proper mix of moto-characteristics equal parts tradition, performance and heritage.

Some it, most don’t.

Oddly the new Commando’s biggest competitor Bloor’s Bonnie, Ducati’s or any number of new retro-fliers, it’s the Norton, Triumph or BSA the bike is to resemble. Fifteen-large will get you a nice English twin backed by a aftermarket that’s reliable and proven. Toss in factoids like new bike verses classic appreciation, and one can see why hard to find an empty at the Mid America Auction every

For the record, I love Norton and I the new Commando, but time will if it has the horsepower to pull through. Woodbury

Norton Triumph Prototype

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