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Red_Chili
12-08-2009, 12:13 PM
Remember when?




http://dalefranks.com/cycles/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2010-Norton-Commandos.jpg

Nope, not back then.
In 2010!!!!!!!
Some info here, scroll down:
http://dalefranks.com/cycles/

and http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/

Red_Chili
12-08-2009, 12:16 PM
Yummy yummy yummy yum.

http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/Norton%20Commando%20961%20Sport/1.jpg

MDH33
12-08-2009, 12:16 PM
Seems like it's taken awhile for real production. Weren't these same examples available 7 or 8 years ago in small numbers? I recall checking them out at the international motorcycle show in NYC when I lived there back in 2001 or 2002.

Very :cool: looking bikes.

DaveInDenver
12-08-2009, 12:30 PM
Know nothing about bikes, but I now know from wince came this logo. Cool. Oh yeah, bitchin' bikes, too.

farnhamstj
12-08-2009, 07:56 PM
I saw the Reverend a couple times in Minneapolis. They Rock:perry::perry:

RockRunner
12-08-2009, 08:07 PM
:eek:Those are beautifull:eek::bowdown::bowdown:

The style of the 60-70's with the technology of today. Damn those forks look awesome.

Red_Chili
12-09-2009, 09:22 AM
Ducati builds a couple with the style of the 60-70s and tech of today too. Gets my vote every time. I like houses like that too.

Beater
12-09-2009, 11:00 AM
the cafe is the new street fighter. I really considered putting usd forks or other new things in my build, but it wasn't worth the effort for what I could get in return. I have to be able to quickly liquidate if needed, and I have found over building to be cool in bikes doesn't get you squat at resale time.

I did update the guts to progressive rates, different pre-load springs and valves on the forks, and added a 16mm radial master cylinder with steel line to the braking system.

The forks will flex now just under static braking pressure!!! (with no brace)

Red_Chili
12-09-2009, 11:40 AM
the cafe is the new street fighter. I really considered putting usd forks ... I have to be able to quickly liquidate if needed, and I have found over building to be cool in bikes doesn't get you squat at resale time. ...
The forks will flex now just under static braking pressure!!! (with no brace)
There are other reasons to upgrade besides resale! USD can be pretty pricey in comparo to the rest of the bike though. Your homemade cafe racer is pretty darn cool, and you are a helluva fabricator d00d.

jacdaw
12-09-2009, 03:45 PM
I've been following this near still-birth of Norton for several years now. Participated in a few design polls. They certainly are not listening to *my* input. Must be the lone voice, crying in the wilderness.:rolleyes:

Yes, it's a parallel twin, but it retains none of the charm of the original. It reeks of Japan retro-moderne to me. I do agree with John that Cafe Racer seems to be the new Streetfighter.

Beater
12-09-2009, 06:59 PM
got adjustable remote res kyb's on order today... fleabay does occasionally rock. I need a quarter turn throttle and a 36" cable for cheap if anyone is holding. the r1 1/5 turn I have is too short.

so far from this : http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2674/4116841484_398afc8ce5.jpg

to this:http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2738/4139453038_c968f0d263.jpg

:)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2769/4139453074_f6c12ac119.jpg

wife wants this color scheme:

MDH33
12-09-2009, 09:12 PM
looking good John!

Want to help me out with my spare Black Bomber frame? I would love to create some kind of custom mounted rearsets like you did there.

:beer:

RockRunner
12-09-2009, 09:50 PM
Looks great John, can't wait to see the finished product.

Beater
12-10-2009, 07:04 AM
looking good John!

Want to help me out with my spare Black Bomber frame? I would love to create some kind of custom mounted rearsets like you did there.

:beer:

absolutely - I will be in the shop all day saturday hopefully. Your best bet is to get some late 80's early 90's pegs/sets from a supersport/superbike, and then we make up the tabs to bolt them on.

That vintage's controls are usually still steel, which makes it easier to fab up the control mounts/rods. For instance, to make my adjuster rod for the shifter, all I had to do was cut and section some .25 rod to get the right length. I think the whole process of mapping, cutting and mounting took like 2.5 hours. not bad.

Beater
01-31-2010, 02:43 PM
progress:

J Kimmel
01-31-2010, 03:10 PM
that is COOL! Makes me want to build one...

gahi
01-31-2010, 06:56 PM
I love Norton's, here's mine,
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/100_2095.jpg

Red_Chili
01-31-2010, 08:49 PM
Niiiiiiice, Gary.

Still... the thought of trying to grab a handful of brake after riding modern bikes with modern braking systems would cause me a 'moment'...

MDH33
01-31-2010, 09:03 PM
looking good John. :thumb:

gahi
02-01-2010, 06:12 AM
Niiiiiiice, Gary.

Still... the thought of trying to grab a handful of brake after riding modern bikes with modern braking systems would cause me a 'moment'...

ya, the brakes can add a little excitement sometimes, that and the fact that the shifter is on the right side with a 1 up 3 down pattern. So you go to hit the rear brake and you up shift. It really only takes a few minutes though to get your mind working for the bike your on. I have 3 bikes, all have different shift patterns.

Red_Chili
02-01-2010, 07:23 AM
I had the same experience with a Bultaco Alpina 348. Shift on the right, brake on the left, kickstarter on the left in a position no human could operate without getting off the bike (until you got crafty). The brain flips the bit with a little practice.

Beater
02-01-2010, 11:15 AM
add in a left hand clutch and twist shift at the grip on a scooter, and the your primary braking on a scooter is the rear and you will understand why I am a bit scatter brained.

Red_Chili
02-01-2010, 11:33 AM
You need MY avatar...

Beater
02-27-2010, 05:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JObpjR3GY6c

Red_Chili
02-27-2010, 05:50 PM
Fatten the pilots. Sometime before your head pipes turn any more colors. :lmao: Or you hole a piston (unlikely, but bears saying).

Sounds wunnerful!

Beater
02-27-2010, 06:19 PM
pipe coloration was from the cv's. no filters and no exhaust backpressure on stock jetting is bad..

I am going to pick up some pilots though..

jacdaw
04-22-2010, 11:44 AM
These things are dang cool (http://www.kccd.no/equipment_en.html)...I love the exposed valve train :thumb: And there's a thread on ADV somewhere I'm sure.

Beater
05-09-2010, 06:52 PM
still need to do wiring and some little things, but may I introduce "bucky"

MDH33
05-09-2010, 07:02 PM
:cool: Nicely Done. :thumb:

Beater
05-15-2010, 05:06 PM
final except for tank badges -

Uncle Ben
05-15-2010, 06:10 PM
Looks awesome John! Found tis just now snooping on you tube......I found it funny as heck!.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru5lRe5yJRE&feature=related