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Old 11-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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new Norton Commandos...RPM cycle...

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My buddy Mitch is restoring a vintage Norton 850 Commando. That got me thinking and I did some Googleing and found Norton has resurrected from the dead in England. And they are importing to the USA. And RPM cycle in TEXAS is listed as a dealer. A search there found nothing, but they did list Norton.

Does anyone here know anything about Norton's actually shipping to the USA, and RPM? The bikes look phenomenal, and also very expensive since they are very small production.

Oh, and check out the December Cycle World, page 22. As a Guzzi owner, I am pleased to see CW "get it". The letter writer from Sioux City needs to pull his head out of his own "".

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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The bike looks good. I always wanted one. May be I will pick one up if they ship them here. But 14K british pound is expensive.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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There have been many complaints about the new Nortons, not with the bike itself, if only because precious few bikes have actually been delivered.

http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2012/08/nortongate/

They are gorgeous bikes though.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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i saw a norton on the road the other day. i dont know if it was old or new, since it's pretty much the same bike, but it was pretty cool looking...
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I saw a pair of the new Nortons at, I think, the 2006 Houston bike show. I talked with them awhile and although they'd had positive interest from riders, they were having a hard time attracting American investors. A lot of engineering went into designing a modern engine that still had the unique Norton look.

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Not quite Norton Commando but from the same genre:

http://www.nationalpowersports.net/RoyalEnfield.aspx
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The new Royal Enfield cafe looks good.
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Something about being built in India now though.
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grsa,

That cafe is pure style. It looks like a real motorcycle to me, but I am an old guy. But old guys rule. When my friend Mitch has his Norton running we plan on a bike swap. He wants to try my small block Guzzi. Maybe the thought is to find a restored old Norton Commando? Too bad, or maybe a good thing I don't have a 3 car garage....it could get pretty expensive, but fun...
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If there are more decent motorcyle roads around SL and Missouri City, I would love to get one of these cafe racers or retro. All the good routes I know are at least 1 hr away. Not for slicing and dicing, but some scenic winding roads that don't have stop signs every 1-2mins.

Just putt-putting around the neighborhood, the only bike I had recently that "felt right" for that was the S83 cruiser.
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Wow I hear you! I grew up riding around my home town of Durango, CO. SW Colorado is full of country roads, windy canyons, scenery beyond belief and empty lonely fast stretches. One of the things that stopped me many years from getting back into riding: our crappy Houston area roads and flatness and traffic and..and.
We do have four season riding. The bikes got put to bed in Colorado this time of year and not taken out until April or May. But, we had snowmobiles.

I like rides outbound Ft. Bend county. My favorite is to Brazos Bend park and vicinity. I may extend down to the coast, but not Galveston. I have a brother in law that lives in Bulverde, TX north of San Antonio. Riding there is great, but the traffic and deer make it very hazardous. There are lots of twisties and hills.

Motorcycle heaven must be some place in Wyoming, in the summer.
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Volfy,

Wow I hear you! I grew up riding around my home town of Durango, CO. SW Colorado is full of country roads, windy canyons, scenery beyond belief and empty lonely fast stretches. One of the things that stopped me many years from getting back into riding: our crappy Houston area roads and flatness and traffic and..and.
We do have four season riding. The bikes got put to bed in Colorado this time of year and not taken out until April or May. But, we had snowmobiles.

I like rides outbound Ft. Bend county. My favorite is to Brazos Bend park and vicinity. I may extend down to the coast, but not Galveston. I have a brother in law that lives in Bulverde, TX north of San Antonio. Riding there is great, but the traffic and deer make it very hazardous. There are lots of twisties and hills.

Motorcycle heaven must be some place in Wyoming, in the summer.
We had sleds growing up in NY, but they dont seem to get much snow up there anymore. I cant believe people spend the money on brand new sleds, and sometimes only get to ride 3x/year.
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Volfy,

Wow I hear you! I grew up riding around my home town of Durango, CO. SW Colorado is full of country roads, windy canyons, scenery beyond belief and empty lonely fast stretches. One of the things that stopped me many years from getting back into riding: our crappy Houston area roads and flatness and traffic and..and.
We do have four season riding. The bikes got put to bed in Colorado this time of year and not taken out until April or May. But, we had snowmobiles.

I like rides outbound Ft. Bend county. My favorite is to Brazos Bend park and vicinity. I may extend down to the coast, but not Galveston. I have a brother in law that lives in Bulverde, TX north of San Antonio. Riding there is great, but the traffic and deer make it very hazardous. There are lots of twisties and hills.

Motorcycle heaven must be some place in Wyoming, in the summer.
I have been to Durango several times with my job and each time I thought it would be nice to have a bike out there.
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Yeah, it seems we trade year around riding weather for boring roads. I remember riding around Connnecticut, NYC and Buffalo, NY, where I went to school. I could easily find some rolling hills and winding back roads not from where I live. I would freeze my off and risking frost bitten fingers on a late Fall ride through the country side, but having both elevation changes as well as curves is a luxury we don't get much around here.

Or maybe like you said, we just appreciate the short riding season that much more.
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