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post #1 of 8 Old 05-19-2010, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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How many times have they been reinvented?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-19-2010, 05:21 PM
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Not sure how many times they've come and gone again, I knoww they went away in the late 70's. I think they made a come-back about 5? years ago...Their nifty new 961 Commando is a thing of beauty in my eyes!

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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They came back in the 80's with a Wankel Rotary Engine and raced for a little bit. Then some guy in Oregon came out and tried to buy the rights and start new but couldn't get the rights sold to him. Now it looks like the bought his design and are selling it only in England on one dealer out in Cali.

It does look sweet!!

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They certainly didn't skimp on the bits. It's all Ohlinsey and Bremboey

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IMO the once proud name of Norton should be left to respectfully rest in peace.

Ditto Indian motorcycles.

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If Triumph can still make the Bonnie then Norton should be able to come forward and make a great Commando, Dominator, Manx, or Atlas.

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I have been to the new norton manufacturing plant as a guest of the production manager.

I work with his brother when I go to the UK.

They have a really nice facility, with some impressive things.
His brother, who used to work at triumph says he managed the manufacturing rework area.
They had a full time group reworking things they didn't build right the first time. This was due to the fact that Triumphs manufacturing labor pool has been for years mostly eastern Europeans who work a few months than move onto something else.

This is basically the same as a u.s. Company employing illegal mexicans to build a product, it would tend to make you at least question the product quality.


The Norton shop is first class, haven't been to the triumph line bub I respect the guy that told me the above.

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Very nice to hear some encouraging news about the product!!! Let's see if they can get that price down and start to go world wide.

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