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Old 01-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #6466
Doug Matson
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Well after a few months and lots of dollars the 75' Norton rolled off the table and roared to a new life! I went though this bike with the idea to be a really good rider so thats why I went with the complete Brembo brake system and hydraulic clutch system, Mikuni carb, stainless oil lines with custom gauge, new style starter, Shoria battery, and all new style controls. All the seals, bearings, bushings, rubbers in the iso system, sparx three phase alternator system, complete rewire and change to neg ground, chains and sprockets and many little things that I can't remember. In the next week or so I will jet it correctly hook up some blinkers and work out a few little bugs, then lace the new Excel rims and install new head pipes and pea shooter mufflers. Then I will get a nice paint job! Here are some pic's
Before (these pics make it look much better than it was)


Now


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Old 01-03-2012, 09:50 PM   #6467
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and my 2010 project that came in a bunch of boxes before returning to life. My 2011 job was to swap the 1987 600cc motor over for a later '03 650cc (cheaper than a rebuild) (Honda XL600V Transalp, 1987)
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:29 AM   #6468
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Beautiful bike. A reliable Norton, almost an oxymoron. When I brought my new 75 home I made some of the common improvements like substitute Honda fork seals, flatten the side cases by rubbing them over sandpaper laid in a piece of glass, and drilling tiny weep holes in the the cases to relieve pressure.
I hunted all over North America for a non-electric starter because they were a disaster using original electrics.
The main problems stemmed from poor workmanship at the factory during a time of labor unrest and bankruptcies.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:11 PM   #6469
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my BMW R65

changed it a little bit from the original look!




Sorry for the crappy pic - this is it before the new wheels!!


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Old 01-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #6470
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Ever ride a fenderless bike in the wet or through puddles?
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:18 AM   #6471
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Ever ride a fenderless bike in the wet or through puddles?
After a day out in the yorkshire dales & a splashing of cow sh1t i'm trying to think of what to do at the front!!!

still looking for inspiration, but the bike aint quite finished yet (decided to remove the BMW levers & switchgear) so i'm not in a rush for one!

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:25 AM   #6472
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I've seen a few with metal fenders attached to the stock fender mount/fork brace. There were also extra rods to stabilize the front and rear of the fender. Looked good.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:06 PM   #6473
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Lots of really great vintage machines...mine is a baby by some comparisons here...nonetheless my XJ1100 is now 30 yrs old...
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #6474
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That looks like the road North into Silver City, NV!
Nope.. it's the road up to Angeles Crest, halfway between Valyermo and Big Pines, CA.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:38 PM   #6475
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Nope.. it's the road up to Angeles Crest, halfway between Valyermo and Big Pines, CA.
Strawberys... flamable...old school... LOL
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:34 PM   #6476
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I have not posted one of the guzzi for a while

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Old 01-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #6477
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I have not posted one of the guzzi for a while

Nice Guzzi!
Drool......
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:28 PM   #6478
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Just another badass choppered R80GS about to cross the Bridge to Doom
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:45 AM   #6479
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My New Fraulein in SF park

Well I've spent 10years on a Harley Roadking, still my first love. I just picked up this little Fraulein, for some side action. Shes a beaut!!
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:58 AM   #6480
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Just another badass choppered R80GS about to cross the Bridge to Doom
The Bridge to Doom....... heh, heh, heh....... I like that ......
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