Norvin Photos??

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Airhead Wrangler, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Does anyone know where one can find some photos of a Viscount? A buddy of mine is obsessed with building one, and has been for quite a few years, but has only been able to find ONE photo one... and a poor one at that. I figure if anybody has photos of these rare beasts, it would be somebody here. Anybody??

    His specific request was: "find me a better pic of a viscount (stevenage factory prepped vincent shadow power plant wedged in a featherbed frame)."

    This is all he has:
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Not sure why specifically a Viscount. I know next to nothing about these things so I won't even try to speculate. He already has the frame though.
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    I'm far from being an expert on the featherbed or the Vincent. But, just from a design perspective, the Vincent seems to be the better of the two. So, why put a Vincent engine in a Norton frame? I don't get it. It seems like you would lose on that deal. Is it one of those "because it was there" things?
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  8. England-Kev

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    It is well thought that the Norton Featherbed was the best frame made for many years, and this was race proven at the Manx, and why they are still built for racing today.

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    A few Vincents here too...

    http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p314871400/slideshow

    Kev..
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    People do it because when the factory closed there were a bunch more vincent engines than frames, so they found other frames to put them in. Nobody is going to remove a vincent engine from a vincent frame and put it in a norton frame. That WOULD be a losing proposition.
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    There is an article in Classic Bike Guide Oct 2001, which is where this comes from...

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    Also, have a look here. http://www.khulsey.com/motorcycles/vintage_motorcycles_egli-vincent.html


    Send a message to the guys at www.jmcclassics.com and ask for a catalogue. Their Norvin special seems to be the nicest, especially being that they use the twin as stressed memember of the frame, as per the standard Rapide configuration, instead of just cramming the engine into the Featherbed. This is it below. Sorry about the huge pictures??

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    Mind you, beaten and old is pretty cool, Old's Cool etcetera.. I love it.

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    Best of luck anyway!
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Well after further thought, I think my friend is after the Viscount photos because the original Viscounts, at least as I understand it, were built by Bob Morton and Tom Somerton who built them for Vincent and thus they were sort of factory bikes rather than cobbled together privateer racers. I bet England Kev or Rob can shed more light on this (or correct me). Also, the original Viscounts used shadow engines I believe.
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    British bikes have always intimidated me ... the maintenance ... the *shudder* Lucas Electrical ... But the looks are magnificent.

    Even the mutt-dogs of the British kennel are sexy as hell. That one is hot.
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    Yes and thats exactly why BMW copied it!

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    No no no! not a scrumptious minty chocolate biscuit,

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    But a true dyed in the wool, blue blooded, full English, 100% Cafe Monster....

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    Just like the 60's

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    Now where did I leave my Earl Grey, and fig roll? :evil
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  17. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    If you look closely at the pictures I have posted, you will see it is the very same bike as posted in the first post of the thread.:deal
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    What's the cue that you see that's tell you it's the same bike? I see differences.
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    I think the number plate is the giveaway AW :evil
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    :clap:clap:clap

    This bike has had a long and varied history, all well documented, in the book of the Vincent it is seen in full cafe trim, and fully faired racing trim, and has a recorded speed of 140mph from what I have been told.:deal
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