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Old 03-10-2010, 11:22 AM   #1
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Norvin Photos??

Does anyone know where one can find some photos of a Viscount? A buddy of mine is obsessed with building one, and has been for quite a few years, but has only been able to find ONE photo one... and a poor one at that. I figure if anybody has photos of these rare beasts, it would be somebody here. Anybody??

His specific request was: "find me a better pic of a viscount (stevenage factory prepped vincent shadow power plant wedged in a featherbed frame)."

This is all he has:
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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Here's one.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/4156628034/

Edit: Thought there was more than this ... I have been unable to figure out where this specimen lives ...
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:18 PM   #3
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:10 PM   #4
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Why specifically a Viscount? They are just another version of the Norvins

http://www.jwmotorcycles.com/norvin-frames.html



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Old 03-10-2010, 02:19 PM   #5
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Why specifically a Viscount? They are just another version of the Norvins

http://www.jwmotorcycles.com/norvin-frames.html
Not sure why specifically a Viscount. I know next to nothing about these things so I won't even try to speculate. He already has the frame though.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:52 PM   #6
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I have been unable to figure out where this specimen lives ...
Nowhere nearby.

http://www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/museum/
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:04 AM   #7
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I'm far from being an expert on the featherbed or the Vincent. But, just from a design perspective, the Vincent seems to be the better of the two. So, why put a Vincent engine in a Norton frame? I don't get it. It seems like you would lose on that deal. Is it one of those "because it was there" things?
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:09 AM   #8
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It is well thought that the Norton Featherbed was the best frame made for many years, and this was race proven at the Manx, and why they are still built for racing today.



A few Vincents here too...

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p314871400/slideshow

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There is an article in Classic Bike Guide Oct 2001, which is where this comes from...

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It is well thought that the Norton Featherbed was the best frame made for many years, and this was race proven at the Manx, and why they are still built for racing today.
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Yes and thats exactly why BMW copied it!

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:12 AM   #11
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I'm far from being an expert on the featherbed or the Vincent. But, just from a design perspective, the Vincent seems to be the better of the two. So, why put a Vincent engine in a Norton frame? I don't get it. It seems like you would lose on that deal. Is it one of those "because it was there" things?
People do it because when the factory closed there were a bunch more vincent engines than frames, so they found other frames to put them in. Nobody is going to remove a vincent engine from a vincent frame and put it in a norton frame. That WOULD be a losing proposition.
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I'm far from being an expert on the featherbed or the Vincent. But, just from a design perspective, the Vincent seems to be the better of the two. So, why put a Vincent engine in a Norton frame? I don't get it. It seems like you would lose on that deal. Is it one of those "because it was there" things?
Vincent stopped production sometime around 1955, Tom Somerton who built the Viscounts, having amassed a huge amount of Vincent spares, decided to use them. Combining newly built Black Shadow engines, and available Manx Norton racing frames, so yes, because it was there. The best powerplant of the age, with undeniably the best racing frame built.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:27 AM   #13
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A bit to much bling for my taste and clearly hasn't been ridden.


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Old 02-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #14
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Another Godet vincent seen at the recent Bristol show.

Looks like it marks its spot!





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Old 02-19-2013, 10:35 AM   #15
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This was at one of our local shows a couple of years ago. Not sure what the frame is though

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