Norton73's Garage (or a slow rainy day)

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  1. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    It's raining on election day here in Alabamy. I'm playing with my new digital camera, a Fujifilm Finpix S3000. Thought I'd play with Smugmug too while I take a little break. Here's some shots from the garage today;

    The '73 850 Norton Commado. I've got the rear wheel off to install a new rear tire, and I thought I'd repack the wheel bearings while I'm at it.

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    To the left of the Norton is my '97 Beta Techno trials bike. Wrapped in bubble wrap to the extreme left is a freshly powdercoated Norton frame for the '75 Norton that I'm building up for Ms Norton73 (MsNorton75?)

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    My Bultaco Sherpa T M158, '76. My AHRMA vintage trials bike

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    Both trials bikes

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    Looking at the other side of the garage is a lot of future projects and dead stuff. In the foreground is a '51 AJS. That I hope to build into a vintage trials bike, or possibly a street scrambler, I'm negotiating for a Matchless right now that might work better as a trials bike.
    To the left is my K100RS. The final drive and driveshaft are up in Canada at Bruno's http://www.brunos.us/Drive shafts.htm. I hope to get them back this week and start riding it again. It's got 109K on it, I guess it deserves a break.
    Next is a Suzuki PE250, it runs, just been sitting a while.
    The red bike is my wife's '74 Sportster. She's had it since 1980. Longer than she's had me, and she says it would be hard to decide which would go first.
    Then there's my R100GS. That has a worn driveshaft also, as soon as the Kbike parts come back, That'll go up to Bruno's.
    Beside the GS is my wife's R80ST. I wrecked that a couple of weeks ago :cry
    And next you can just see the front end of my wife's K75S. She's got 70K on it.
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    Another shot of the wrecked ST. You can read about it here http://new.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55249
    This was a nice low milage damn near showroom bike that we picked up a Mid-Ohio at Vintage Days. Of all the bikes in the garage, this was by far the nicest.

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    Alright, lunch break's over, gonna go put the rear wheel back together on the Norton so I can go riding this weekend :thumb
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  2. mutineer

    mutineer pierpont lives

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    I love seeing other guys playrooms.


    Cool bikes, too bad about the R65. Trick little bikes, I hope you can resurrect her.
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  3. Team Dennis

    Team Dennis Certified Troublemaker

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    Wow,,,My Norton is in the same condition, awaiting new wheel bearings.


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  4. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Actually Mutineer, it's a 1983 R80ST, basicly a R80GS with a short rear shock, and the front end and instruments off a R65. It has the high exhaust of the GS, and the same frame. Alot of folks considered them the best handling BMW ever. It was certainly fun to ride.
    The wreck bent the frame and destoyed the instruments, but the front end, wheels, motor, trans, and gas tank survived. I'm looking for a frame, and am planning on rebuilding it as a short R100GS with the GS fairing, solo seat, rack etc. Hopefully by spring. Or earlier, cause I'm cut off till it's back on the road :nod
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  5. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Damn, I hope our bikes aren't developing some kind of synergistic relationship. PM me when something breaks on yours, so I know what to fix next :lol3

    I like the looks of the Corbin seat and the small tank, but I can't get away from the short range. Nice bike :thumb
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  6. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    I see we both like the Black Beauty style:

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  7. Team Dennis

    Team Dennis Certified Troublemaker

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  8. Curvy

    Curvy Lost Planet Airman

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  9. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    The alloys are Borrani (not original, I know), and the drum is cause it's a 71.

    Those cans are genuine Dunstall Decibels, perhaps the most sublime sound I've heard. The Peashooters (and Akronts) are on this bike:


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  10. Team Dennis

    Team Dennis Certified Troublemaker

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    It could be said that I am familiar with Dunstall's. :evil


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  11. kv

    kv [none]

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    Glad to see that you're putting the camera to good use!


    KV :thumb
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  12. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Eater of Sandwich

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    Great thread! Hey guys, thanks for sharing the pics. Geebus, I envy you guys with the nice Nortons. I've wanted one ever since I laid eyes on my first Commando when I was a kid. :thumb
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  13. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Sweet Norvil :thumb
    Nice to see there's a few other Norton nutcases here in ADV Land :nod
    I had some Dunstall copies on my Interstate, but they wouldn't stay tight on the headers. Made a beautiful sound though.
    I've got a Norvil tank and seat unit that my wife wanted to put on the 75 that I'm building up for her, but once I set them on my bike and made her sit on it, she realized how long the reach over the tank was gonna be.
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  14. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    That means the copies were accurate, cause the genuine ones don't stay tight either. :rofl

    Yeah, it is a bit of a reach, and when I mount the fairing, I get about 3-5 degrees full lock, so I mostly keep it "cafe'd." I did a 500 miler on the bike last year, and the disks in my lower back tried to replicate the spaghetti scene from Alien.
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  15. Gregg Wannabe

    Gregg Wannabe Just killing time

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    Fantastic bikes, more pics please.

    Summerinmaine- you better lock your garage I know where you live!
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  16. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    Then come on by, Gregg, and try out a few.

    Here's a couple others currently in the stable (already posted on other threads, but what the hell):

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  17. Gregg Wannabe

    Gregg Wannabe Just killing time

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    Stunning. I could look at that bike all day. I swear I'm going to buy a cafe bike and put it in the living room. Actually, I could put it in the bedroom because that would make my wife move out.
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  18. Gregg Wannabe

    Gregg Wannabe Just killing time

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    Summerinmaine-
    You have an impressive collection. And the Monster is the best looking I have ever seen. Love that bobtail. I would be way to nervous to ever ride one of your gems but if you want to go for a spin sometime, I'll throw the 17" wheels on my KTM 525EXC and we can head for Palomar.
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  19. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Love Velos :thumb

    I don't know them well enough to know what model this. Which is it? Venom?
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  20. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    59 Venom 497cc single. Mag ingnition, 6V system. Very stately performance.

    Here's another shot:

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