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Old 03-07-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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norley

anyone in here ever built a Norley? I was thinking of doing one this next year and wondering if anyone has any advice?
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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You mean a Harley-engine in a Norton featherbed-frame?
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:19 PM   #3
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Ok, some looking and reading
https://www.google.de/#q=norley - none of them is mine, I just knew the names-combination ...
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:06 PM   #4
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some info

Cafe Racer ,did a piece on it. Santiago Choppers is the distributor.IIRC

Waiting for pics,soon !
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:35 AM   #5
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Yes, I'm building one, using an XL1000 ironhead engine. I've posted a build thread in the old school section.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:01 PM   #6
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yeah combo between a norton and harley cafe style. Its all the extras forks rims etc i am curious about. what you can use on them etc...
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:55 PM   #7
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Here's a modern version of this concept:

http://btrmoto.com/

I've seen it in person, it's way smaller than it looks in pictures!

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Old 03-12-2014, 03:46 AM   #8
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are you calling me fat Al?
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:44 PM   #9
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Norley's are not a bad little option. Many moons ago I helped a mate build one with a Shovel engine, very sweet bike actually and bloody quick. That was using an original featherbed frame. These days go and have a look at Unity Equipe's website and you'll see that make a wideline featherbed frame specifically for a Norley (a little taller in the loops I think) Also, a while back I saw a US company advertising on Ebay for a complete kit, all you do is find an engine / gearbox.

Reccomend a smaller capacity motor as the vibes from the big ones solid mounted to a Featherbed are bloody annoying / tiring...and this from a bloke who rides a 750 Atlas.

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Old 03-12-2014, 11:24 PM   #10
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are you calling me fat Al?
Um, not to your face?

just kidding.

Naah, I'm referring to the BTR.... which is awesome, Kurt did an amazing job with the transmission -- yes, he built his own transmission with vertically stacked shafts. Takes about 5" out of the wheelbase.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:19 AM   #11
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Yeah for an average Joe like myself I would get a motor and transmission already to go. I don't have the skills to build a transmission. A rubber mounted motor as well. I hate Harley Davidson but the motors can be had for pretty cheap.
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:27 PM   #12
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From memory the idea was to buy a Sportster thats running and transfer the motor and bits to the featherbed then sell off the rolling frame. That way you know the engine is good etc before you start tearing the whole thing apart. You wouldn't use the Harley forks, suspension or probably brakes on a Norley, not enouogh grunt. You may be able to reuse the wheels....maybe...
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:46 AM   #13
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:02 PM   #14
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You can get high quality suspension on ebay all day long. Way better than any Harley suspension with 1/2 inch of travel
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:16 PM   #15
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Oh absolutely. The other option you have for a frame is to get one built. Cost about the same as the normal ones but sized just right. The wideline style is my.favourite but either style is as good. Wouldn't use an original featherbed frame though.
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