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Old 03-28-2003, 04:06 AM   #11
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Default Wow! A clone!

Gee, another clone manufacturer with an H-D Evo-based "proprietary" motor.



Yawn.
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Old 03-28-2003, 04:07 AM   #12
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Default Re: VC, Name Change For Norton

I thought there was a Norton company in England that was producing rotary engined bikes. It was 10 or so years ago I think. Any one know anything about this?
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Old 03-28-2003, 04:09 AM   #13
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Default Re: Investment Group to Revive Revived Excelsior Henderson

I'm confident I don't know anyone funnier than this man.



Classic, I've already read it twice.
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Old 03-28-2003, 04:35 AM   #14
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Default Re: VC, Name Change For Norton

Here's a link:



http://www.monito.com/wankel/norton.html
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Old 03-28-2003, 04:48 AM   #15
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Default New Norton

There was a short article on this in the newest CW magazine I received yesterday.



Pretty interesting all new engine that uses pushrods, with valve gear from a Chevy NASCAR engine.



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Old 03-28-2003, 04:51 AM   #16
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awesome.



are they still around 30k? =(
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Old 03-28-2003, 04:57 AM   #17
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Default Re: Does this mean the Norton name is for sale?

As Scott points out above, I believe that the rights to the Norton name, at least for most of the industrial world have been acquired by Kenny Dreer, and Norton North America intend to introduce an all new puchrod parallel twin bike soon. There is a brief article on this in the newest Cycle World magazine.



In BMW's case, they actually bought the entire group of companies that included Rover and whatever was left of the old British Leyland, MG etc etc. They later jettisoned the complete junk and eventually sold Rover to Ford. Not quite the same thing as just buying the rights to a defunct name (a la Indian, E-H, Vincent).
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Old 03-28-2003, 05:09 AM   #18
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Default Re: VC, Name Change For Norton

This was, I believe, the last gasp of the original Norton company. An acquaintance of mine (who is a British bike collector) has one -- not so good a friend that he would let me ride it, though.



I believe they tried to sell a police version of this bike as well.
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Old 03-28-2003, 05:10 AM   #19
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Thanks, I remember reading reviews of them in the 80s. Always thought it was an interesting experiment with the rotary engine. Wonder (if I had a spare $100 mill) what type of a race bike you could put together, or if they'd let it in GP.
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Old 03-28-2003, 05:30 AM   #20
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Default Good riddance

I'd hate to see the good old Norton name defiled by ugly cruisers like the fetid wad that is the Diablo: yet another lame, generic raked out impractical, ugly, defaning cruiser.



At leas the Vincent nameplate revival is a cool bike, and appropriate to the name.

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