The Norton thread!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by theturtleshead, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    She's probably someone's grandmother now! :lol3

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  2. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

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    The picture of the red norton was taken on Oct 14th 1974, the day I bought it. It was taken in front of the dealer in London UK. Then I worked and spent spent the spring touring Europe. I remember tossing half of that gear, but it was early days - had just turned 18. The other is the invoice - and as I recall the exchange was $2.33 CDN to the pound. The black norton is the same bike back in Canada - I repainted it. The plate is trimmed in red, signifying the bike is for export. I still have it. :)

    Sorry for the quality of the pictures. FYI - the norton was 755 BritishPounds - so about $1500 CDN at the time.

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  3. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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  4. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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  5. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    She is.

    A friend actually sent a letter to the advertising agency 20 plus years ago and got a letter back from her. She is Polish or Romanian, don't remember now. I'll try to remember to look up the article when I get to a PC, doing stuff on a tablet is tough to this old fart.
  6. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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  7. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

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    Loved the 1st yellow norton ride, found I had a big goofy grin on my face at the end of that ride. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Love the blue S. :raabia

    The 3rd bike, labeled a 1970 750R Roadster - is that a 1970 with the disc brake added, or a 1972 ?
  9. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Does someone here have any experience with alloy tanks from TAB Classics (T. A. Baker) ?

    I'm thinking about something like the Norton Commando Roadster style alloy fuel tank - http://www.tabclassics.com/product.php?id=87

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  10. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Best I can tell, the frame must be the only thing that's 1970 750R. Back of the timing cover should have a plate bolted to it, disc instead of drum, HiRider gas tank, wrong seat, wrong pipes. Pretty bike, but not a good example of a "R"
  11. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    No experience with them, but, unless you really want alloy, Emgo makes a steel tank for far less money that has had good reviews.
  12. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Thanks - I've seen the EMGO tanks, but I'm specifically thinking about an alloy tank.
  13. Norton guy

    Norton guy Serial bike owner

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    We just bought one of their Interstate tanks, nice quality, seem to be a good vendor.

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  14. Thunderbutt

    Thunderbutt Adventurer

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    Florida lime- TAB has been in business a very long time. Well respected and known for quality tanks. I still wish I could afford one for my T160.
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  15. O.C. Mike

    O.C. Mike Sons of Arthritus M/C

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    Have no knowledge about these but wanted to point out they have rear tabs for the rubber band like on Fiberglass tanks. Stock steel tanks have screw inserts for bolts on the bottom.
  16. Norton guy

    Norton guy Serial bike owner

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    Looks like they're using the stock setup now:
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  17. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Considering every tank they make is custom made to order, you can probably specify how you want your mounts.
  18. Thunderbutt

    Thunderbutt Adventurer

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    I don't know if is still available, but at one time there were photos explaining how TAB was a family owned and operated business. The photos showed how the tanks were made, starting from flat sheets of metal, thru the forming, welding and polishing process.
    As I understand it, the father started the business and eventually turned it over to the children. They have a very good reputation on the Brit Bike Forum.
  19. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    http://www.tabclassics.com/t-a-baker-and-tab2-classics-workshop.php

    http://www.tabclassics.com/about-t-a-baker-and-tab2-classics.php
  20. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    I love those old Nortons, before they tipped the cylinders forward. Lovely, graceful lines.


    Kevin

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