Norton 750 Flat Tracker

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  1. Xorba

    Xorba Vintage Tourer

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    Here's a video I shot June 16 at the IFTA races in on the 1/2 mile track ain Frankfort, Ind.

    The video stars Dave Atherton and a Norton 750. As you will see in the race highlights this is an incredibly fast combination.

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  2. jdiaz

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    How different would that bike have been from the ones that Alex Jorgensen ran with Ron Wood? Jorgy was the lone Norton dude for years, wasn't he?
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  3. Xorba

    Xorba Vintage Tourer

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    I'm new to flat track racing, and haven't really dug into the history.

    I know that the XS650 was a great flat tracker in the 70s with Kenny Roberts.

    Did brit bikes dominate in the 60s?
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  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I saw Jorgy Jorgenson ride the Ron Wood Norton at the Sacramento Mile and they were beutiful bikes like no other, very light one off engine cases, super light frame, the crew was like watching surgeons at work in the pits. they were also running the kawasaki tripple that day and they would wheelie at 120 down the straights, DAM IT! we need a mile or half mile national in california.
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  5. Xorba

    Xorba Vintage Tourer

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    Is there a California flat track series?

    The IFTA races on a 1/2 mile, 1/4 mile, and a bull rink. A goal of the organization is to bring a mile race back to Indianapolis. I'd love to see a Grand National race.
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  6. torags

    torags Long timer

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    Google Fast Fridays

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  7. Xorba

    Xorba Vintage Tourer

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    Thanks.

    I :raabia Speedway racing, but the speedway track in Indy closed in June.

    The guys that raced those Jawa Speedway bikes now run on some of the IFTA circuits.

    Are there any larger 1/4 to 1/2 mile tracks they run in California?
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  8. torags

    torags Long timer

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    Not to my knowledge.
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  9. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Think I had little accident on myself watching those vintage bikes :shog
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  10. Stephen

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    Looks like they might want to create another class for Mr. Atherton to run in. :lol3

    Lordy, he throws it into the turn.

    The Norton is lovely. :nod
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  11. Xorba

    Xorba Vintage Tourer

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    DLRides,

    That's a cool rocker boxer in your avatar. What's the story behind it?
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  12. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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  13. never2old4fun

    never2old4fun Been here awhile

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    :D Yeah that brings back some memories. Racing at Santa Fe Speedway, tho I was only a novice I always enjoyed watching the likes of Lawill, Mann, Roberts, Aldana, Springer, Brelsford, Romaro, Scott and all the rest. Those were the days. All the differant brands of bikes. Mostly today H-Ds still rule the 1/2 miles and miles, but it is good to see some other bikes out there now. Such was the case at the 1/2 mile race in Joliet Illinois last wekend. Now if they can just put a 1/4 mile and a TT track in there:thumb.
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  14. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    Come out for a night of racing at the Lodi Cycle Bowl sometime. Short track and TT.
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  15. torags

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    Just looked up their website, I'm going to go after Laguna Seca and Bonneville.

    BTW they had these last week at Fast Fridays

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  16. 850 Combat

    850 Combat Been here awhile

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    Alex Jorgensen won the National on his Ron Wood built Norton in 1978. This was a home built bike that pretty much won every friday night, including when the factories showed up for the Nationals. Norton production had been shut down for three years in '78. It was strictly a privateer effort against I believe, the Honda and Harley Davidson factory. Ron w
    Wood built great bikes.

    BSA also won a National in 1978 at Ascot, the TT.
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  17. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Sure there were more Norton riders than that.... Try Dave Aldana and Jack Warren for 2 others. Jack is still fast. Look for Natl #82 Norton at an AMCA race (Des Moines, IA or Wauseon,OH ). These guys battled Atherton back in the day and Jack can still run with him! Fun to see 70+ yr olds still racing. Jack races 2 classes....500 and 750.
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