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Old 04-07-2006, 05:39 AM   #11
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I think the new guy has got it right.

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Old 04-07-2006, 05:45 AM   #12
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:51 AM   #13
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It's a great looking bike for sure, but I think I would take my old 72 Combat back in a minute before getting this new one. I'm a glutton for punishment I guess.
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:53 AM   #14
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I had a 72 Combat Commando, and it was one sweet bike. I would take that one back for sure.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:12 AM   #15
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Is it a part of the motorcycle culture that old brands never die they just go into a state perenniial pending resurrection (PPR). I'm only talking about American and English brands - the Italian's are so tenuous it is impossible to tell if any given brand is solvent at any given time which, I guess, makes them stable by definition. - but if I here about about one more rebirth of Indian or Norton I'm gonna switch my subscription and start reading The Weekly World News for better information. Just because John Bloor did it with Triumph don't mean it's easy.

And hey - when are they gonna start making BSA again?
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:24 AM   #16
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Looks like a gear driven primary. Norton lurches into the 21st century...
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:25 AM   #17
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I've got some of those Hanlon trinkets. I picked them up at the E-H tent at Sturgis a few years before they actually made the bikes.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:27 AM   #18
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You both can bid for my '74 Commando - looking through rose colored glasses through the oil mist of time.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:33 AM   #19
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Does the new one sport an isolastic suspension system? Dig the way Notons shake and shimmy at idle..just like another brand we all know and love.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:50 AM   #20
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Was Kenny Dreer driving the truck?



It takes 100 million dollars to start a motorcycle company. When John bloor resurrected Triumph he had the cash plus a construction business behind it to help support it. Triumph is only about 15% of his total business. When the factory burned down he was able to reconstruct it within what must have been record time and hardly any disruption in shipments of motorcycles. It wasn't until about 2 years ago that Triumph recovered its investment. Manufacturing started in 1993 or so with the US market opening in about '96. So profitability took a lot longer than the five years even Bloor thought it would take.



Gook luck Kenny! Your new Norton is the one I've been waiting for, for the last 20 years.
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