Norton/Ironhead Cafe Racer Build thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Bevelheadmhr, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Work of art.
  2. Bevelheadmhr

    Bevelheadmhr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the comments, I have got a brief vid of it running, but cant download it from my camera to the pc. Not sure if the fault lies with the Camera or my laptop. Will try to borrow a Gopro or similar. Or wait tillit goes on the dyno.

    Can still download photos so here are a couple more..

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  3. Bevelheadmhr

    Bevelheadmhr Been here awhile

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    Another one..

    Started a new project, another HD, this time an Evo Big twin. Building a little drag bike, Probably a bit too modern for this sub forum, though its being built in sort of retro 70's style.

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  4. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    I have a feeling this bike should be up on the Friday Harley thread down in the basement. The more I see it the more I like it. And apart from the really old ones I'm not a big Harley fan.
  5. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    So, how are you liking it? What's good, what's bad, what would you do differently?
  6. Bevelheadmhr

    Bevelheadmhr Been here awhile

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    A little early to say, as I haven't had chance to ride it hard yet, and it still needs to go on the dyno to tune the jetting and ignition. First impressions are

    1) It handles well, feels light and agile (glad I swapped to a narrower front tyre), lots of ground clearance. Reminds me of my old 78 Ducati 900ss Desmo, but with slightly quicker steering. Its stable too, no head shakes while cornering on bumpy roads. Weighs 189 kg with 10 litres of petrol.

    2) Riding position is ok, the clip ons aren't as uncomfortable as I'd feared look, though I don't plan on touring on it. I'll need a break after a couple of hours.

    3) The suspension is 'unbalanced', in that the forks are firm, perhaps a touch too firm, while the rear shocks are well damped, but the springs are too soft. I'll probably fit firmer and 1 inch longer rear shocks, I'll get a pair custom made for me by Maxton when I can afford it.

    4) Its pretty loud, sounds great, but don't think my neighbours will be too impressed. The reverse cone Megaphones are called 'Bofors' for good reason.

    5) The alloy tank marks easily, its going to be a never ending job to keep it polished and looking good. A painted tank would've been easier to live with.

    6) Engine feels like it has enough power to be fun, the 4 speed gearbox is a bit clunky, and there's a big gap in ratios between 2nd and third gear. Need to get used to it I guess. I'd always planned to tune the motor once the bike was on the road and debugged. But now I may not bother, other than making a pair of alloy barrels someday.

    Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It took longer to build than I had expected, partly due to being on a tight budget and partly because I wanted to do as much as possible myself, rather than farming the work out to the experts.

    Cost wise, including the donor XL1000, it came in at just under £7000.
  7. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    really like it!....

    i got rid of an old harley EVO motor chopper a year ago.... long story, finally got it running right and sold it... the motors do have a certain mechanical coolness about them..... the only way to do it is from the ground up like you did.... most of the factory harley parts are pretty much junk, you put all the good stuff on yours, and i'm sure that frame is sweet....

    would love to ride it, i bet it's sweet..... :freaky
  8. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    Nice! :thumb


    A Snortster has been on my project list for quite a few years, and this thread is very inspirational...
  9. SpikeC

    SpikeC Been here awhile

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    I have always wanted a Nortster. That big lump in a featherbed is my idea of a great fun bike. Your gives me a bad case of moto-envy!
    Unfortunately I can not give up my Trumpet or my Bimota, and the spousal unit must be considered!
  10. edhaeuser

    edhaeuser n00b

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    Great Job! Everything looks just right.
  11. David4

    David4 Been here awhile

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    Every link to pics has been lost, wtf. Well, not good..! :eek1
  12. Bevelheadmhr

    Bevelheadmhr Been here awhile

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    The joys of Photobucket.. the monthly data allowance has been exceeded again. It resets on the 19th of each month, when the pics will reappear.

    The alternative will be for me to edit each post and load a photo directly. But I can only seem do that with one photo per post, so where I've posted several photos in one post its still a problem. Also I'll need to resize all my photos to less than 200kb before they'll load. That will take awhile.
  13. sraber

    sraber Been here awhile

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    This build is awesome! This is craftsmanship. :clap:eek1:clap :thumb
  14. Bevelheadmhr

    Bevelheadmhr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the comments. I've changed the posts to put back the photos I can. The early posts I cant seem to edit, not sure why, but at least a lot of the new images are more detailed.

    I've started a new build thread in the projects section, as an Evo HD is probably too new to be Old School.

    Edit to add.. forgot to mention how my mate Tim is getting on with his XL883 build. This is where its up to. Still to have its 1250 conversion, new paint and those side panels are just card templates..

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