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Andy Downes  says:

Isle of Man TT: Norton qualifies for Senior

Norton has been officially notified it has qualified the Norton SG1 to race in the Senior TT - the most prestigious of the Isle of Man TT races after completing enough laps. The qualification is a huge boost for the resurgent British firm which suffered a torrid time at the TT in 2009 when the rotary-engined bike Michael Dunlop was riding...

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colinS2R

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colinS2R says:

the sound

was over for practice week, that thing sounds incredible, highlight of the week seeing it ripping across the mountain

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

sprintst955

The issue is not that it has an Aprillia engine. The issue is that it isn't a Norton. Rather than spending money buying up the Norton name and rights the company should have spent a little more on R&D and thought up their own name.

One local wrinkly who still has a Dommie he bought new in the sixties put it quite succinctly: "Norton went down the bog more than once because they were badly run. Why would anybody want to buy that? They'd be better off using their own name - no baggage."

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Richard1967

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Richard1967 says:

Notron

I bought a triumph 675 some years ago , great bike great handling , sound , looks a racing success the whole schmeer .Norton had a chance when they had the rotary , but the road bike made from that prototype was crap, underpowered , ugly looking and over priced then there was the Al Melling debacle with the v8 yamaha bodge up , people will always tip up to see a Norton and people will always put that famous name on the side of a fs1e and milk it for all its worth

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nigel041

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nigel041 says:

I think what Norton are doing with their road bikes is fantastic. They look like real pieces of art. But to put that Iconic name on to a bike that is really only an Aprilia just doesn't seem right. Might as well have bought a gixxer thou, scrubbed the name out and replaced it with 'Norton'.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

Nigel041

Do you really believe the only part of a bike that matters is the engine? In that case You can keep your engine and swap me the rest of your bike for this engineless YB100 I have at the back of my shed.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

Richard1967

Interesting point. Me and a couple of mates are thinking of going moped racing next year. FS1Es are a bit expensive these days given their "classic" status (yawn!) but whatever we get I think a silver tank, some black pinstriping and a Norton logo might get us some attention from MCN. :winkie:

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rayc333

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rayc333 says:

It is 2012

What a bunch of old farts;  as if any bike (or car) is made wholly in their own factory these days.

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Momo1970

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Momo1970 says:

Whats wrong with the RSV4 frame? Could also used Biaggi's bike and called it Norton.... Seriously, I read an article with Norton project manager who said he does not see Norton on WSB, or MotoGP, so not sure whats this gimmick all about.

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Darowyn

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Darowyn says:

Clearly the old farts aren't old enough. If they were, they would know that the very first TT was won by a Norton using a bought-in engine- a 690cc V twin Peugeot in fact. That was the start of something very big for Norton. Here's hoping that the coincidental similarity of this years entry and that early success is a good omen for the next phase of Norton production. And for God's sake, you moaners, just allow yourself a day off from being miserably cynical about everything! Cheers Dave

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pearsonsnose

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pearsonsnose says:

Moaners...again

Here's an idea for all you moaning old/young gits on here...how about, for once in your lives, you try (however hard that may turn out to be) to look on a potential bright side of something? Go on, give it a try.

An alternative to that scary prospect is to sit back, take a pause and wonder to yourselves: "Does anyone actually give a feck what I think when I ceaselessly moan on and on about something I know very little about?"

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to that question...and it's a big, fat NO!

Why Norton running an Aprilia engine is such a big drama to so many people baffles me. It has happened for decades in bikes and cars. It's a standard way of going racing without breaking the bank. I can't wait to see the bike on TV. A friend at the TT says it sounds amazing.

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