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Guzzis @ Norton Motorcycles

Discussion in '24-7 Lounge' started by Chris Jessop, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. PaulDavies

    PaulDavies Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    And of course "Luigi" and "Guizzi" are reknowned world leaders when it comes to slapping grease into their bearings - NOT.

    If a big name like BMW sets up a factory in India for assembling their 310GS, trains their staff and enforces rigourous quality control. I don't see it being any worse than being assembled anywhere else in the world.
     
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    Hydrolastic Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I got a couple of photos of a Norton Commander that was at a big motorcycle show at America's Car Museum in Tacoma a few years ago. I knew it was rare, but I found out later just how rare.

    NortonCommander1.jpg NortonCommander2.jpg
     
  3. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    I have never experienced any bearing failure nor have I ever repaired one on any Moto Guzzi I have owned, and I’ve owned a bunch and wrenched many more.

    The BMW 310 is plagued with quality control issues. For that matter, BMW is full of quality control disasters for several years now.

    People can spend their money however they like, but MADE IN INDIA is something that will never be on anything in my garage, ever.
     
  4. blakbird

    blakbird Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    My son and I replaced the wheel bearings, on the '96 Sport 1100 (carbi) project bike. Three were still good.
    The one that wasn't failed because a prior owner forgot to install the inner spacer when they transferred the "sprocket" from the stock wheels to the Dymags.
     
  5. GuzziMoto

    GuzziMoto GT Reference GT Contributor

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    I assume the comment about Guzzi's and greasing bearings was about the common issue of late model Guzzi's to be severely under greased in certain areas like the swing arm pivot and steering head, as well as the shock linkages.
    Wheel bearings are typically not greased as part of assembly of the motorcycle. They are greased in the bearing plant they are made in.
    As has been mentioned before, the main reason Guzzi build motorcycles is so you get the right parts when you buy one (or at least the right NUMBER of parts).
     
  6. Dinsdale Piranha

    Dinsdale Piranha Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Couldn't be anything to do with how many of them are made in China, could it?
     
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  7. mother goose

    mother goose Just got it firing!

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    That is very nice indeed . Some lucky police officers in England got to ride a few just like that only in white with blue lights and sirens and a huge battery for the radio back then . Still getting paid to ride bikes and in that case rotary Norton's was an alright job . I had a loan of a Kawasaki kz1000 police for a couple of days . It was a fast comfortable bike I really liked the saddle and running boards . It's as close to being a cop as I ever got
     
  8. David Bracey

    David Bracey Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    Glad to see some interest in Norton amongst my fellow Moto Guzzi owners. I grew up 5 miles from Brands Hatch and loved watching the rotaries racing there, I couldn’t afford an F1 but managed to buy an air cooled rotary rolling chassis which I then used as the basis for my race inspired custom creation.

    There’s a short bit of film of my bike here:



    and a couple of stills here

    695A0EFA-DCFD-4858-88BA-1E4165FD8CE9.jpeg 8F6E9324-4F22-4F21-9BAE-DCB66126EBC8.jpeg

    It’s fabulous to ride. Light as a 250cc but with about 90bhp. Sits nicely in my garage between my 2 Guzzi’s.

    David
     
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  9. Raven

    Raven High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Beautiful bike! The sound is lovely too.
     
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  10. David Bracey

    David Bracey Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    Thanks Raven, it settles down when it’s warmed up. Needs to be revved to get the best out of it but with zero engine braking it’s quite hard on the front brake so I ride the gears quite hard, One day I’ll experiment with some different gear ratios.
     
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    E6F92831-D59A-4323-9906-0F3CE0D771E0.jpeg Ug !
    I’m ok with everything BUT the engine...
     
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    I don't care for the fat dirtbike, I mean "Scrambler" look. But for a fat dirtbike that looks fine to me.
    The only thing I would change is blacking out (or bronzing out) that shiny clutch cover.
     
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  13. David Bracey

    David Bracey Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    That Norton isn't for me but I am sure it would sell. It seems to follow Triumph's latest direction.
     
  14. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    That is ONE UGLY MOTORCYCLE. YUCK!
     
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    ROFL !
    The Thing sitting in the cradle that doesn't present the viewer with anything readily identifiable Is the Biggest Ugly !
    ( It think GuzziMoto might be taking a Leap of faith saying that big shinny round thing is the Clutch cover :) )

    I'm not going to say this isn't a *Bit* weird Looking ( Ok maybe a LOT Weird Looking ) but the Engine still looks like a Engine.
    as well as other recognizable pieces, clean, minimalist and Ride-able :nerd:
    UMC-038_MARIN_Left.jpg UMC-038_MARIN_Detail5.jpg
     
  16. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    Could be my phone screen, but that looks like the bastard love child of a KTM and a Ducati.

    Way too industrial looking and “Not my cup of tea” at all.
     
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    If everyone liked the same things there would only be One... of everything..
    Variety - Some is MORE Ugly than others !
     
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    Looks different from anything I've seen before. I haven't an issue with the engine, but curious to know what it is.
     
  19. David Bracey

    David Bracey Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I know, I know, I don’t need to show you guys what a rotary motorcycle engine looks like but i had these pictures on my phone from when i last rebuilt my Norton and couldn’t resist.

    That was before rebuild and shows a very worn rotary.

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    I want to see a picture of the bike w/ engine ;) in - does it look like a engine ?
     
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