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A certain well known writer coined the term * Norton Contaminator Twin * :D Dusty
Overheard 20 years ago at Jack's (primarily HD and Triumph choppers) Cycle in Tulsa. ". Of COURSE your BMWs and Guzzis are smoother and more reliable than Triumph and HD: You gotta shed some metal to make POWER!!" :D
Would that have been Denny ? Dusty
Denny's boss. :BEER:
Wasn't it written somewhere "A Norton will get you there faster but a Guzzi will get you there sooner"?
Jay Leno has a beautiful 62 Norton 650 SS . It's on you tube and well worth a watch . His comments are valid and says something for our obsession with bigger is better . What a machine ! When well fetted and properly set up they were great .www.nbc.com/jay-lenos-garage/video/1962-norton-650ss/2783179 Or just google Jay Leno 1962 Norton and it will come up .
Forgot to discuss the Commando which is a whole different kettle of fish as far as British parallel twins go. Don't think you can really compare them to other Brit bikes. Rubber mounted engine makes all the difference even though engine is bored out to it's limit. My Commando vibrates like an SOB at idle (never seen an engine bounce around so much) and up to about 3000 rpm. Beyond that, the isolastics kick in and she's very smooth. Wouldn't hesitate to tour long distances on a Commando if I had an Interstate tank and low pipes to clear the side bags.
hope it wasn't their chief wrench. ;D
These are (were) the real old school chopper guys. They considered anyone with shock absorbers, electric start, a windshield, hell, even front brakes or fenders a puss. They ran cams, straight pipes, and apes. They never expected more than 20k miles from a rebuild. Most of those who are still alive today have moved on to 'Lectraglide baggers. Fun dudes.
Beautiful! Faster than a 750cc or 850cc Commando as well. Would love to own one but prices are getting crazy.
That "faster" thing is going to get people talking .... ! Problem is, what are the chances of getting a 750 Commando and a 650 SS on the same track at the same time so that the statement could be verified? In the meantime, I don't think so!Lannis
A well tuned Norton 750 Commando moves along well for a Brit twin. I had a Commando bought used for a few years but never warmed up to the shaking below 3000 rpm or the handling. The Norton actually is more stable at high speeds but lacks the feedback of the Triumph. Then I bought a 4 year old Ducati 750 Bevel drive twin and was amazed how solid the bike was.
The later isolastic system , Mk something, supposedly cured some of the hinged-in-the-middle sensation that earlier Commandos suffered from . Not having ridden one in several years , can't remember if that is true . This issue could explain why the first 100 MPH lap at the IOM by a production bike was accomplished on a Triumph Bonneville instead of on a more powerful Commando . Dusty
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