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What do you think of Norton?

MCN have an exclusive this week on the new Norton TT racer, which they're running two of at this year's event. However, the bike is a prototype only machine, and won't be on the roads any time soon. So, we ask - are norton a 'proper' bike manufacturer? Or are they only playing at it?  

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fishbate

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fishbate says:

Any company that has the nads to make an attempt at building and selling motorcycles, in this market, deserves respect.

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d0nkeychop

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d0nkeychop says:

Yeah what he said ^^ hope they do well enough to get a range of mass production bikes to market. A commando for speed triple money would be good

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69Fastback

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69Fastback says:

IMHO

Run a bit like a (tacky) Robert Maxwell business. Flog it to John Bloor, and it might have a real chance/future!

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snev

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snev says:

What do I Think...?

I really don't like his sense of humour but thats about it.....

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moto4

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moto4 says:

sg1 vs sg1

Pity to lose the aluminium twin spar Spondon frame- which looked great seemingly replaced with an ugly tube construction. Shame. As for the larger issue, I'm not sure about the public monies (potentially required) but my biggest concern is that they seem to be expensive for the sake of being expensive. I have yet to see one 'in the flesh' and the quality may be obvious for all I know. That said, it would be hard for me not to think about one were I spending huge sums on a dream garage. Alternatively, I'd like to see an 'affordable' single cylinder double cradle cafe racer- very 'on trend' and with their name surely appealing? I'd want it to be better priced.

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SHIVA_

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SHIVA_ says:

Norton Prescription

How to make Norton a success as a niche, small makers of retro bikes to rich dudes with other bikes already in the garage:

Stop racing now!  Just a waste of money and will not help sell a single bike.  It will deviate you and your tiny resources from the path of brand success.  Also the bikes you race with do not resemble your product line up.  That's beginning of the end, when your moves make no sense. 

Learn from Confederate. 

Create unique machines, with high build standard. 

Infuse confidence in your buyers, stop messing around, set a date and deliver.  No delivery postponements. 

Make your customers feel like you'll be around a while and they can feel secure giving you their hard-earned cash. 

Set up a good warranty system.  Make them feel you'll take care of them and you are not a fly by night company.

Good luck, S

RacingShiva.com

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billysollocks

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They do seem to dipping their toes in too many ponds. Concentrate on building a proper BUSINESS, with well built bikes delivered on time and with meaningful customer backup. Their aspirations are more than the current level of ability to actually produce the goods they purport to offer.

I love the style of the new Commando, but haven't yet seen one in the flesh. Shame.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

Norton are awesome and I'd have no hesitation in handing them £15K up front.

Also, I sincerely believe that we'll find WMD in Iraq any day now, that the cheque is in the post, and that you'll only put the tip in.

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supermario

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supermario says:

I think it would be interesting to hear from

Norton customers. Particularly those that have paid a deposit and not yet received a bike.

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minivin

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minivin says:

I've seen one of these bikes up close and I was not impressed with the quality. The timing cover was retained by a right old mix of "parts-bin" fasteners that were different grades.

Now, I am not sure whether this was a prototype or early-production bike, as I saw it last April 2012, but at the prices they are charging, I would "demand" stainless steel fasteners and for it to blatantly be dripping in quality. Whether this is now the case I do not know, but at that price I think I'd have an MV Agusta RR.......

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