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The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« on: January 30, 2020, 05:29:51 PM »
Looks like the end of an era for Norton Motorcycles. 122 year old company with a great history. I loved the old Norton Commandos from the 70s.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51303905

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 07:31:27 PM »
Times are changing. 

Dave, were you a fan of the old Indian motorcycles?
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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 08:17:38 PM »

Norton Motorcycle Dynamite On Wheels


This was a motorcycle my Uncle owned when I was 17;

https://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/norton-1964/Norton-1964-Atlas-Brochure-p1.htm


I believe I rode it more than he did, it's a wonder I'm still alive!

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2020, 05:37:09 PM »
Trace...loved the old Indians. My Uncle just ran across a barn find 1946 Indian Chief. Trying to dance with the owner to see what it would take to buy. He says " I gave $500.00 for it in the 70s." He drained the fluids and put it in his barn. Those things bring a good fortune these days.

I didn't know that the Norton Interpol police bikes had a Wankel rotary engine until I saw the bankruptcy story and started researching the Norton product line.

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2020, 09:24:30 PM »
My Uncle just ran across a barn find 1946 Indian Chief. Trying to dance with the owner to see what it would take to buy. He says " I gave $500.00 for it in the 70s." He drained the fluids and put it in his barn. Those things bring a good fortune these days.

Holy crap!  I don't think I'd want the oil drained, but a 46 Chief? I'll give him his money back.   :008:

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2020, 04:43:29 PM »
I loved the Norton.

Wasn't the Indian the one with the "Suicide Stick"?

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2020, 06:00:19 PM »


Lets see if this pic of the Indian hand shift posts. The Harleys had a suicide clutch and hand shift on early models.

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2020, 06:02:05 PM »


Vintage Indian hand shift

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2020, 06:07:03 PM »
Larry...loved the Atlas link. Great bike but I never came across one down here. Here is my fave.


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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2020, 06:07:08 PM »
Sweet.  At 18 I was an EMT/Firefighter, and by 19 I had my red Paramedic patch.  I was about to turn 21 in the police academy when my best friend died on his bike.  It was a mirror of a common thread I had seen far too many times and that was that the rider I was scraping off the pavement was generally not the one in the wrong.  The pavement is normally radiating well over 100 degrees anyway in Texas so opted to very rarely ride anymore.

That said though, there is just something really magnetic about those old classics.  Thanks for the pics, Dave.
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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2020, 06:16:18 PM »
True Trace. I have been down twice hard and both times were other guys fault. I forgot where I heard... there are bold riders and there are old riders but no old bold riders. I have been fortunate to live in the country so my riding is in less populated roads and times. Nothing like an early Saturday or Sunday morning ride and home. Just have to watch for the deer, turkeys, or buzzards.

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Re: The end of Norton Motorcycles?
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2020, 06:45:55 PM »
... there are bold riders and there are old riders but no old bold riders.

We say the same thing about pilots and bomb techs.   :011:
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