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FYI Norton motorcycles

I like the look of a "naked" bike. Not to mention how much easier they are to work on. When I get a Versys I'll probably strip it to the bones. There of some great examples here on this forum. Anyway, it doesn't stop one from lusting after other bikes. Norton is back and selling here in Canada. Last weekend they had a preview at Mosport International Raceway. Beautiful bike. So I asked Peter, the CEO of Norton Canada the big question - how much. Well, for the 961 Commando SE (of which only 200 are being built, 20 of which are allotted to Canada, 18 of which have already been pre-sold) the price OTD is $30.000 Cdn.. The 961 Commando Sport will be a meager $22,000. Cdn. OTD. Oh well, guess I better keep buying lottery tickets. It is nice to dream though. http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/

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They are sexy, but not THAT sexy.



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Wow. They look like vintage bikes, with some new bits on 'em.

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I've always been fan of Norton and Triumph. I never got to own either brand. They just call to my wild side. Problem is my logical side runs my life.

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I've always been fan of Norton and Triumph. I never got to own either brand. They just call to my wild side. Problem is my logical side runs my life.

Which is probably why you ride a Versys...





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I've always been fan of Norton and Triumph. I never got to own either brand. They just call to my wild side. Problem is my logical side runs my life.
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I got a chance to walk through the Triton tent at Mid Ohio last month. It's like the best of both worlds: A Triumph and a Norton. I wonder if they'll make a Versabusacati .

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Which is probably why you ride a Versys...

So, what if you own a Triumph Bonnie AND a Versys?
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So, what if you own a Triumph Bonnie AND a Versys?
I have both plus a Triumph Scrambler & a Moto Guzzi 1100 Griso which is also naked.
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I have both plus a Triumph Scrambler & a Moto Guzzi 1100 Griso which is also naked.

You guys didn't let me down, I knew somebody would!!




And I admit, I'm a little jealous....



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Bought one just like this in Dec '68 when I got home from Nam. Only
$1100. Slightly used.
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I have both plus a Triumph Scrambler & a Moto Guzzi 1100 Griso which is also naked.
Oh, hey Jamboa, I know you from triumphrat.net! I thought I had seen you on here before...weren't you looking to trade your Sprint for a V a while back?
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... Norton is back ... for the 961 Commando SE ... $30.000 Cdn.. The 961 Commando Sport will be a meager $22,000.
Thatís a lot of money... I wonder if they fixed the primary case leak...
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Bought one just like this in Dec '68 when I got home from Nam. Only
$1100. Slightly used.
The old triumphs may have had the looks and lightness but also leaked oil, extreme vibration, poor lighting and all around inferior to the current T100. My Bonnie has the 904 Big Bore kit which gives me all the power I will need.
For those who are jealous buy your own. i bought my bikes with my hard earned money.
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Oh, hey Jamboa, I know you from triumphrat.net! I thought I had seen you on here before...weren't you looking to trade your Sprint for a V a while back?
Yes I was. It was not happening. I was lucky to get a great trade in with G.N. Gonzales in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. G.N. is 92 years old and he has been in the motorcycle business for over 75 years.
Good to hear from you. You did not give up on Triumph did ya?
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Bought one just like this in Dec '68 when I got home from Nam. Only
$1100. Slightly used.
Beautiful bike! Looks like the Barber Museum?

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yes it was the Barber Museum. That was the first Norton P11 I had seen since I sold mine in '71. The Barber Museum is a fantastic place. Seeing that P11 blew me away, then I turned around and a few feet away was a 250 Ducati Scrambler like the one I sold in '66 when I went in the service. I couldn,t belive it. Hadn't seen on of those for decades either. A great place. I know I'll go back there one day.
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Well, maybe I could, but my garage currently has 3 other bikes and two kayaks in it. I wish I could get a bigger garage but this time, budget rules.

Barber totally rocked. I have been to "Art of the Motorcycle" and Barber blew it away. A must see for motorcyclists everywhere.

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Wow, very nice. I had a 1972 Norton Commando back in 1980. Another bike I wish I kept.
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