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Back in the’70s I had a Norton 400 Electra. It was a good looking little bike that looked like a mini-Atlas. I tried the search feature and came up with 20000 threads with none of them featuring the Electra. Anyone have one of these? I remember it ran well but could barely hit 55 mph.

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If you search just on Electra it will find a smattering of results here.
It only looks for the 1st word, very inflexible.
There may be some trick to it, but when you have to do battle with mere searching ...

I had heard that smaller Nortons needed more pep.
Something the Brits seemed very reluctant to research.
Someone who really knew their stuff breathed on an AJS 7R (pure race bike, single cyl ohc)
such that it could keep up with an MV/4.
I reckon they should have hired that guy for their road bike design team ... !!

I have just obtained some (factory) tuning notes for a Healey Sprite.
It warns you that the extra 2 bhp so obtained might mean you need the stronger crankshaft.
Oh boy ...

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Originally Posted by rustydusty
Back in the’70s I had a Norton 400 Electra. It was a good looking little bike that looked like a mini-Atlas. I tried the search feature and came up with 20000 threads with none of them featuring the Electra. Anyone have one of these? I remember it ran well but could barely hit 55 mph.

So, is the point of your post being that you are on the hunt for one?


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Mebbe we just need a pic of it.
For old times sake.
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be...

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I always wondered why they didn't stay closer to the dominator engine design.
Although leccy start may have complicated that.

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No, I’m not looking for one. I took mine to a couple of British bike meets and a lot of the people had never seen one (that actually ran), and this was the’70s…
Mine was in very nice original condition.

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when i search on

electra

i get 343 hits.

when i search on

+crank +electra

i get 20.

searching on

+electra +"for sale"

will only get three

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If you use
Norton 400 Electra
in the Search box it will return any post with any of the 3 terms in it.
e.g. all posts with Norton as well as all posts with 400 as well as all posts with Electra.

If you use quotes:
"Norton 400 Electra"
it will only return posts with that exact phrase.

Looks like 16 posts total drawn from 4 threads.

HTH


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^^^yes

putting a plus in front of the term means that the term is required.

putting a minus in front means to exclude all results with that search term.

so searching for

+cylinder -head +BSA

will give you posts with BSA and cylinder, but exclude all the ones that also have head. this is useful when the search results have vast numbers of irrelevant matches

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I've not seen a going one, here in Oz.
And been to a few bikeshows and Norton gatherings.
Might have seen one, parked, in the UK but...

Can't recall seeing how many they sold ...

+ eh. Useful to know

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Never seen any of the variants, Jubilee, Electra etc running

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Dealers couldn't give them away, nobody wanted them.
A C15 was 1/2 the price and much faster.

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Originally Posted by NickL
....A C15 was 1/2 the price and much faster.
Wow... And C15's aren't known for being very fast.

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I remember at the time you could get a Tiger 90 for less money.
No electric start?--- well that is only for wimps anyway (recollections of sayings from the 60s).

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Originally Posted by koan58
Never seen any of the variants, Jubilee, Electra etc running

Buddy of mine in the ‘70’s rebuilt a Jubilee and it couldn’t pull the skin off the proverbial.


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The British were capable of building bikes with performance.
But the rather conservative thinking at the time put profits before everything ...
The budgets for all-new bikes were rather lacking also.
The Race Dept got to play with some interesting machinery.

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And a number of little 250cc manxs did see the light of day - but not from the factory. Or as a road bike !

Ducati, on the other hand, saw an opportunity...
https://www.ducaticlassics.com/assets/images/l_d32616d9ea9b9b7d1e9033d64a77e7cbebd6f406.jpg
We won't display it here, its not British - so you have to click !

We diverge, muchly !

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Is that a Porcupine?


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Even more exotic that that.
Its a BSA MC1, a 250cc dohc radial 4 valve single.

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-british-motorcycles/bsa-mc1-250-racer-zmcz12ndzbea/

The Race Dept couldn't GUARANTEE it would win - so it never raced.
Would likely have out-Guzzied Guzzi (and all comers) in the world championships...

We have diverged somewhat from Electra's here !
If only to demonstrate that the Brits could design performance ...


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