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Old 07-31-2012, 09:26 PM   #1001
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this bike turned out great. great job!

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Spotted these two at a local swop meet,the Triton with the Nourish race engine is the loudest bike I've ever heard!







really nice! would love to see those in person!
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:54 PM   #1002
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:30 AM   #1003
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Would like to see the other side of the Ducati...
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:22 AM   #1005
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I bet that duc is a blast to ride light and right !
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #1006
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As seen at Davenport 2011, my friends dad mailed it to me and I just found it with some other pics.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:54 AM   #1007
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:54 AM   #1008
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:55 AM   #1009
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:57 AM   #1010
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:58 AM   #1011
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:49 AM   #1012
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Ok I love me some cafe style bikes and I know that a feather bed fram is a rock solid platform for this type machine but what was wrong with the norton engine ? Is it brand aligance or was the norton slow, prown to failer? School me ! All the missing norton engines there is something I'm missing
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:09 AM   #1013
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I have heard that it got started in England when obsolete Manxes had their engines removed for Formula 500 car racers. This left a bunch of good handling chassis available for Triumph engines.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:15 AM   #1014
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I don't know if it's true or not, but I heard a similar story that Norton would not sell engines alone and the guys using them in side cars wanted the spare engine to have at the track. The only solution was to buy a bike and leave the rolling chassis behind. Somebody came up with the bright idea of turning the roller into a usable machine by fitting a Triumph engine. The Triumph engine in the featherbed frame turned out to be a real winning combination (no pun intended) and the Triton was born...and of course, this led to all sorts of other combinations.
I wasn't there...but as I said, that's the story I got...sounds a lot like the one you've got. frankly, I like your twist better, must be some sort of fact in it.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:51 AM   #1015
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Ok I knew it had to be some reason why . How does the norton power plant stack up aginst triumph ? Atlas motors right? I know some guys that have 850 commandos and they are fast I'm not quite old enough to have been around to have first hand knowledge
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Norton twin eng, in those days, vibrates too much.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:12 AM   #1017
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Commando engines vibrate just as much, but were rubber-mounted so less gets through to the rider.
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Thanks for the info
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:54 AM   #1019
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Ok I love me some cafe style bikes and I know that a feather bed fram is a rock solid platform for this type machine but what was wrong with the norton engine ? Is it brand aligance or was the norton slow, prown to failer? School me ! All the missing norton engines there is something I'm missing
Norton is the better engine hands down..
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #1020
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Triumph engines were always freely available and realatively cheap,and easier and cheaper to tune compared to Norton engines.
Just as good a frame in my opinion was the BSA swing arm frame.
Norton Road Holder forks were the best of the bunch.
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