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Old 03-10-2010, 12:22 PM   #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, 01:09 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, 01:18 PM   #3
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:10 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, 03:19 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, 03:52 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, 10:04 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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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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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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There is an article in Classic Bike Guide Oct 2001, which is where this comes from...

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:45 AM   #11
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Here are a few.



Also, have a look here. http://www.khulsey.com/motorcycles/v...i-vincent.html


Send a message to the guys at www.jmcclassics.com and ask for a catalogue. Their Norvin special seems to be the nicest, especially being that they use the twin as stressed memember of the frame, as per the standard Rapide configuration, instead of just cramming the engine into the Featherbed. This is it below. Sorry about the huge pictures??




Mind you, beaten and old is pretty cool, Old's Cool etcetera.. I love it.




Best of luck anyway!
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Well after further thought, I think my friend is after the Viscount photos because the original Viscounts, at least as I understand it, were built by Bob Morton and Tom Somerton who built them for Vincent and thus they were sort of factory bikes rather than cobbled together privateer racers. I bet England Kev or Rob can shed more light on this (or correct me). Also, the original Viscounts used shadow engines I believe.
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British bikes have always intimidated me ... the maintenance ... the *shudder* Lucas Electrical ... But the looks are magnificent.

Even the mutt-dogs of the British kennel are sexy as hell. That one is hot.
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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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