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Post a picture of your Norton here #621874
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Has anyone else noticed there is no 'Post a picture of your Norton' here?
I guess someone needs to start one, and if we get a few more pix
maybe Dave will lock it to the top of the page.

My 72 Combat Roadster. around 6400 original miles
I plan to put MUCH more miles on it than that

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and the other 2

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Cheers
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'73 750 Commando
'72 Combat Commando
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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621881
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Ducati 3 1992-2002
Norton many 1951-1975
87 Serv-Equip 100HP MC brake dynamometer,
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621906
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This is my 73, 750 Roadster
my favorite bike ever
bought in 2000, I have put over 47,000 miles on this bike

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Cheers
Dennis B


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'72 Combat Commando
'71 Triumph Blazer
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'68 Starfire
'51 Royal Enfield 250 'S'

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621914
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My Norton Dominator 99 from 1957, which I bought in 1966 and sold in 1970. I bought it back in 2014, in parts and restored it to almost new.

It has been sleeping in boxes for 43 years and it has 10.500 km's behind it's wheels.
Needless to say that it handles like a charm and is a big joy to ride.

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Norton Dominator 99 1957
Honda Supermagna 750cc 1988
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621924
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Be careful!

Terrible things can befall a 1957 99.



Amateur Loctite enthusiast.
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621933
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Jeez, that hurts.


Norton Dominator 99 1957
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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621934
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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #621942
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Nice bikes.
Those peashooters look rather low set, how has that been done ?

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Rohan] #621973
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70 roadster





i was originally disgusted with the stock metallic purple paint, but i confess that over time it has somehow grown to look almost reasonable.

still missing some stuff-- center stand, stock passenger pegs, fork lock, little things.

but it handles dead neutral, no effort at all bending it through the corners. makes my old T120 seem like a truck, although the rototiller handlebars may have some responsibility for that.

a ball to ride, and not too heavy to push when i run out of gas.


i have no idea what i'm doing.
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: kevin roberts] #622004
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Originally Posted By kevin
i was originally disgusted with the stock metallic purple paint, but i confess that over time it has somehow grown to look almost reasonable...


"A touch of the grape" -Alan Alda as "Hawkeye Pierce" referencing an inebriated Gary Burghoff as "Radar O'Reilley" at Rosie's bar on M*A*S*H

...it's an acquired taste...

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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #622005
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'69 Norton P11, all original except paint


'72 Norton Combat Commando, with Leo Goff engine, Dunstall & Norvil bits


'75 Commando Interstate Mark III, all original except K&N air filter


Original Dreer new Norton monoshock prototype with 850 MkIII engine, inverted forks & dual full floating discs, FCR 35s, and several other nice bits


IN-WORK 880 Special with more Dreer bits and Yamaha XS650 front end


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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: GrandPaul] #622083
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Originally Posted By GrandPaul

Original Dreer new Norton monoshock prototype with 850 MkIII engine, inverted forks & dual full floating discs, FCR 35s, and several other nice bits



oooh

what a nice machine.

how'd you like the FCRs? why those carbs and not some others?


i have no idea what i'm doing.
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #623094
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Here's a pic ofmy Commando that I owned for the last 40 years, still in original factory paint, although the paintwork looks better on the picture than it actually is. Love this bike.



Peter.
1974 Commando 850
1972 Trident T150T
1961 Goldie DBD34
1969 Benelli 250 sport special
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Peter R] #623216
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Originally Posted By Peter R
Here's a pic ofmy Commando that I owned for the last 40 years, still in original factory paint, although the paintwork looks better on the picture than it actually is. Love this bike.


Nice bike.
I had some j*p*n*s* candy apple red painted bits, where the red had faded quite noticeably. A very light mist spray of one of these red translucent rattle cans really revived it, and it polished up sorta nicely. It wasn't entirely original paint then of course, but if its getting too far gone to be acceptable....
May not be entirely petrol proof though. !

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #623247
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1973 with Homemade seat



Stock seat


Art


1969 XLH
1973 Norton Commando
1991 FLHTC W/SIDECAR
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #623445
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1958 Triumph 650 Speed Twin
1958 Velocette Viper
1959 Norton 650SS bitsa
1961 BSA Bantam D1
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #632053
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This is my 1973 Norton Commando 850 with the locking Corbin seat. Not much done to her except the addition of a stainless steel braided front brake line since my purchase. Which helped some but still a bit scary when stopping from high speeds. The tank is I think the 750 design but was told it was ordered as such because the previous owner preferred the style of the 750 tank v.s 850. She doesn't look original to that of 1973 but neither do I. LOL



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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #633785
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I'll play! Here is my 1968 Norton P11 Ranger, residing comfortably in New Jersey.






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1995 Triumph Super III
1961 Moto Morini Tresette 175
1989 Honda GB500
Other, newer stuff too
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #639377
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My 1969 Ranger P11A


Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #640849
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My old thing out and about in the Snowy Range , CO


[URL=http://s141.photobucket.com/user/kiwiinusa/media/P6240175_zpsef49f893.jpg.html][/URL]

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #642229
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1966 Atlas...Bought 2 of these about a year ago and so far have this one together and running...Original chrome on all parts except fenders...Original paint on frame..Lot of fun after sorting out lots of issues...



1974 Commando..Bought about 4 years ago..It was a local one owner with 5700 miles..Did a few upgrades and use it as a daily rider...Still has all original paint..


Bill
1974 Norton Commando
1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #650076
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For about 45 years I've been a Triumph guy, but I saw this advertised locally and had to have it.

As advertised. A not too bad looking non-runner.


After a bit of work.


Brian M
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1974 T150V
1980 GS1000
2011 Tiger 800
1965 Norton Atlas
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Cariboo_kid] #650085
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Fine looking bike Brian, what kind of work has to be done to get it running ?

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1974 Commando 850
1972 Trident T150T
1961 Goldie DBD34
1969 Benelli 250 sport special
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #650162
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The fuel tank was half full water and old gas, the carbs were packed solid with powdered rust, the clutch drive cush rubbers were disintegrated slime, it needed a new primary chain, fork seals and bushes, brake shoes and all new cables. Since cleaning it up and replacing all the bits and pieces, it has been running like a top.



It still needs a proper Atlas kickstart lever however as the current one is from a Commando.

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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: kiwiinusa] #650687
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1968 BSA A65
1968 MGB Roadster
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta
1969 Honda Mini Trail
1939 farmall f30 tractor
2004 Honda Shadow Aero
1972 BSA Thunderbolt
1975 yamaha xs650b
1972 Norton commando project
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I just bought this.
It is a 1950 ES2

I know it says 1952 on the fender, but the numbers say it is a '50

Last edited by MikeinBiddeford; 06/21/16 6:32 am.

Please do not believe anything I write. I am a hack but I like to guess the right answers.
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #657774
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Finished the Green 880 a while back, here's some updated photos, and all the poop...







1974 Commando 880 MkII
All serial numbers matching, clean Texas title
Kenny Dreer VR880 "big bearing" transmission cradle w/ lugs for Spyke e-starter
VR880 box-section swingarm
Vernier adjustable stainless steel isolastics
All black parts powdercoated
Yamaha XS650 front end
Brake disc drilled and Blanchard ground
Brembo front brake master cylinder
DOT rear shocks
Honda CB750F rear wheel assembly
Rear brake cable conversion
Clip-on handlebars
Clubman rearset pegs & controls
RH4 head
VR880 Cylinders w/ JE pistons & Total Seal gapless rings
Superblend main bearings
All new seals & gaskets
Reed valve one-way crankcase vent system
New AMAL Premier carbs, properly jetted
K&N dual-neck air filter
Straight-through peashooter mufflers
Sureflex clutch friction plates
Sparx solid-state regulator/rectifier
Sparx alternator stator
Sparx electronic ignition
AGM small form factor battery
Emgo dual-lead igntion coil
UJM all-in-one thumbswitch unit
Modified new very basic Atlas wiring harness
Veypor VR2 electronic multi-meter
Ducati Monster headlight
VR880 Sprint Special boat-tail seat (original VR paint & leather upholstery)
VR880 SS Fuel cell with fiberglass cover, painted to match seat
Sidecovers painted to match seat

Bike is for sale (PM for additional info)


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Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, some BSA & European
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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #657776
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Resto/furb of an ORIGINAL 1974 John Player Norton Commando 850 MkIIA
Only 200 built by the factory, this one is confirmed to be an original JPN

Very few modern repro parts to replace damaged an missing originals (mainly fairing & mufflers)

Before & After


Still missing Union Jack decal on left side of seat


Bug-Eyed beast


Bike is for sale (PM for additional info)

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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #664031
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My 72 Combat, sportin a new steel tank and paint job

Cheers
Dennis B


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'72 Combat Commando
'71 Triumph Blazer
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Combat rescue/refurb project, just waiting on the OPRV and it'll be for sale.



Other than the replica Dunstall pipes, OEM airbox, and missing sidecovers, it's pretty much all original, down to the Fireflake Purple paint.


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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #668938
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Picked this one up recently, pretty tidy condition. Will be taking the paint off the primary cover and making some gauze plugs for the holes in the casing. (Dry primary)

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #704592
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Since Photobucket "photobucketed" all of us, there are a number of speedos on the screen instead of cool bikes. Now, I like speedos enough, but this is too much.
I've been using Flickr successfully since then.
Here's a couple pics of my bike. I do all my own paintwork in case you were wondering.

1974 850 Commando, ex BOTT racer.

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I took 'er for a nice run just today. Runs great.

Cheers,
Bill

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74 850. Best of the best :-)

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My friend just bought a '72 Combat 750. Can't wait to ride it.
Two Commandos would be best. One 750 and one 850. Gotta love 'em both.
Cheers,
Bill


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Beware of early combat 750 engine,s I had a 69 fastback which blew up like a hand grenade not much left of bottom of barrels or crankcases, also had a 74 850 which chewed the main gearbox shaft in half which wrecked the rest of gearbox locking the rear wheel solid nearly threw me off the bike, But they are a nice bike once sorted thru long term ownership to iron out all the problems, just find them to heavy to throw around and if they dont start within three boots of the kickstart then your knackered due to poor ratio on kick start gearing. I have a electric start 850 in my workshop which belongs to a mate , he wants me to rebuild it I am looking forward to it as I want to test ride for the 1000 mile check I do before I hand them back, have not rode one for a while should be good. Dave


1941 BSA WM20
1958 TRI-BSA 750 PRE UNIT
1957 THUNDERBIRD
1932 R E MODEL GS SPECIAL
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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #704937
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Does anyone know when the factory started fitting Superblend bearings to the cranks? I think it would be rare to find one that didn't have them if there was at least some mileage on it.
The gearbox mainshaft problem is well know as is the problems with weak layshaft bearings. I seem to recall Johnson Motors involved in a product liability lawsuit in the 70's about the layshaft problem.
60K on mine. Original gearbox but with upgraded bearings.
Most reliable vehicle of any kind I have ever owned.

Cheers,
Bill


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1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: HawaiianTiger] #704949
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Originally Posted by HawaiianTiger
Does anyone know when the factory started fitting Superblend bearings to the cranks?


From 211891 (so post-Combat) according to factory Service Release N/29, August 1972.

The original 'Superblend' (Norton's name for it) bearing was the R&M/RHP 6/MRJA30.
From 1973 the factory fitted the FAG NJ306E which is the bearing still supplied today and often referred to as 'Superblend'.

https://andover-norton.co.uk/en/sho...-bearing-d12-32-nm17822-nm17824-06-2114-

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: L.A.B.] #705034
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Originally Posted by L.A.B.

From 1973 the factory fitted the FAG NJ306E which is the bearing still supplied today and often referred to as 'Superblend'.


As discussed previously though, only referred to as a superblend by Nortons and by Nortoneers.
If you ask FAG about this, they just call it an off-the-shelf heavier duty bearing. (E is for Extra ?)

(It has an extra roller than the NJ306 bearing used in dommies for some decades.)
(And which will fit in the same space onto the same sized shafts.)

It was also discussed earlier that Nortons fitted and tried a variety of bearings before and around the time of the Combat bearings saga, so had some inkling that thungs weren't quite as rosy as they should have been ?

Bearings are quite a divergence from photos, normal programming will be resumed shortly ?

Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #705189
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I'll post my friend's '72 when it gets here all the way from New York.
We're going to need some folks to re-post their pics. That is, when they sign up with another 3rd party photo Hosting site. I'm pretty sure that there aren't many folks dumb enough to pay 400$ for the privilege of using that nasty old Photobucket service when there are still so many good and free sites available.

Cheers,
Bill

PS I never seemed to get bored looking at Norton pictures.....
B.

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1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: Dennis B, R.I.P.] #705202
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Your red and black tank is beautiful!
I'm jealous of the quality of your paint work
and the decal choice really sets it off
Cheers
Dennis B


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Re: Post a picture of your Norton here [Re: GrandPaul] #713303
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Originally Posted by GrandPaul
Combat rescue/refurb project, just waiting on the OPRV and it'll be for sale.



Fireflake Purple is my absolute favorite Norton Color. It is a shame that it weathers so quickly. My Commando was originally Fireflake Red. However, when I switched over to an Interstate tank, I felt Fireflake colors were a bit too much on the larger real estate. Went with a custom pain job:

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