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The motorcycle industry equivalent of a Botox injection, bright red hair dye, and thick makeup ....Desperation personified.Lannis
You just can't imagine what the "Brain Trust" at Norton was thinking at the time when they said: "Yes, go ahead and build it..."
I remember them being 750s. Plus they came with the smaller headlight. I have been wrong before. I know our local dealer sold 4 of them.Pete
The one on the magazine cover is actually a '71 which did come with drum brakes (which sucked BTW). Pete
"The English Norton factory made its name building sport and sport touring bikes, but in 1971 Norton did the unexpected: the company introduced the Hi-rider, a factory custom inspired by the chopper craze and designed to appeal to the American cruiser rider.According to British journalist and author Mick Duckworth, in the late Sixties Dennis Poore (the controversial owner of Norton, whose Manganese Bronze Holdings company purchased Norton in 1966) took a trip to the United States, where he observed the budding chopper scene. Returning to the Norton factory, he instructed engineer Bob Trigg and the design team to design a Norton that looked like a chopper. U.S. sales were very important to Norton, and Mr. Poore apparently thought that a Norton that looked like a chopped Harley-Davidson Sportster would help sales. Most observers thought that people who wanted a chopped Sportster were very unlikely to accept a substitute made in England, but they werent in charge. So the factory staff designed a chopper-style motorcycle around the Norton Commando. The marketing department named it the Hi-rider, and it appeared on salesroom floors in 1971."The 74 High Rider was an 850. https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-british-motorcycles/classic-norton-motorcycles/1974-norton-commando-hi-rider-zmsz17sozhur
The early ones were 750s though. From the link above.Pete
Ok so just a question, given the choice would you take the bike or the babe in this add.
I think the value in bikes like this are in keeping them as what they were presented like when new.A snap shot in time of a manufacturers take on what they thought would rock our motorcycling world. Sometime the shot was so wide as to make potential customers cringe and reach for the hacksaw.The passing of time and limited quantities give these "freaks" a second shot at fame or just maybe another chance to crawl up out of infamy. Boat-Tail Harleys, split window Corvettes and bathtub Triumphs to name a few...
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