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Old 09-16-2016, 09:22 AM
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^ Back in the day this was the bike for spirited riding! the Norton Featherbed frame was prolly the high water mark for frame design until the mid '70s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Featherbed_frame

Not light but effective. Then the Japanese invaded and it all went to hell. Most well ridden 305 Honda Hawks could beat the Nortons in the stop light grand prix. Different story on the flying mile or country twistiness.

I'd very much like to ride one of these again... just to see how good the good'o days really were
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^ Back in the day this was the bike for spirited riding! the Norton Featherbed frame was prolly the high water mark for frame design until the mid '70s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Featherbed_frame

Not light but effective. Then the Japanese invaded and it all went to hell. Most well ridden 305 Honda Hawks could beat the Nortons in the stop light grand prix. Different story on the flying mile or country twistiness.

I'd very much like to ride one of these again... just to see how good the good'o days really were
Loved those Bikes!! Classic no slouches in their day and probably still a bunch of fun.
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I like this new Ducati Desert Sled. Might need to go to the DC motorcycle show this year to see all the new models. There are a bunch of new models from a lot of manufacturers: Honda 250 Rally, Ducati, H-D, Guzzi, Triumph, KTM, BMW new GS retro looks way cool, too...
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That is just too cool. Love the wheels.

I keep thinking about a lightish weigh combo bike but them realize there is nowhere close to ride. ~2 hours on rt 70 on a klr doesnt sound fun. Maybe a Versys? The duc sure looks great.
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I want just for silly sake. The price and mileage are right also.



https://blacksburg.craigslist.org/mcy/6206059040.html
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sweet!

my first bike was a gl500. Weighed a ton but was a hoot.
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my first bike was a gl500. Weighed a ton but was a hoot.
I had a 79' GL1000 (naked wing), hence the nostalgia. Smoooooth, fast(ish), and comfortable all day long!
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1966 Norton Atlas Cafe Racer

The Norton Atlas
The Norton Atlas was released in 1962 as the replacement for the venerable Norton Dominator. British motorcycle manufacturers were all targeting the colossal American market at the time, typically by appealing to their love of power and speed.
With this in mind, the engineers at Norton set about increasing the capacity of their famous parallel twin from 650cc to 750cc (actually 745cc) – a significant increase over the volume it started out at back in 1949 – at just 497cc. In 1973 Norton would increase it one more time to 838cc (referred to as 850), and private tuning companies would go even further, boosting it to 920cc and from there up to over 1000cc.
In some respects, the Norton Atlas was a motorcycle in the Goldilocks-zone. It was fitted with Norton’s famous parallel twin bolted to Norton’s legendary Featherbed frame – almost certainly the most famous motorcycle chassis of all time, even today many decades later it’s still in production with small specialist companies around the world.
When it was introduced the Atlas was fitted with almost all the parts Norton had on hand, including the Featherbed frame. Up front there was a pair of Roadholder forks, the rear was held aloft on a set of adjustable Girling shocks, the front and rear drum brakes were sourced from the Dominator parts catalogue, along with the fuel tank, oil tank, and gearbox. The phrase “better the devil you know” largely ruled the British motorcycle industry at the time, particularly as funding for new designs was hard to come by.

The 59 Club and the Cafe Racer
In 1959 the 59 Club had sprung into being, popularizing the cafe racer motorcycle genre, named because the riders based themselves at the famous Ace Cafe in-between illegal road races – a humble transport cafe in Stonebridge, north-west London that would become a global phenomenon.
The term cafe racer doesn’t have a list of required features that are set in stone. The styling has changed somewhat over the years, but the original cafe racer motorcycles typically had some variation of the following: clip-on or clubman handlebars, a single seat with a bump stop, a fuel tank with knee indents on either side, no fenders (or minimal fenders), and an engine tuned for speed at the expensive of everything else.

The 1966 Norton Atlas Cafe Racer above us representative of the era in that it uses the Featherbed frame, as it was considered the best in England (perhaps even the world) at the time. Some kept the Norton engine in place and some swapped it out for a Triumph parallel twin – creating the “Triton”.
This motor has been rebuilt, with higher-compression Norton Commando pistons and connecting rods for more power. It also has a Tri-Spark ignition fitted for more reliable running and easy starting, as well as a Mikuni VM carburetor – also offering easier starting and more reliable operation.
Importantly, the electrics have been significantly improved with a solid state regulator/rectifier, an updated stator, and a complete harness upgrade to negative earth.
Flanged aluminum rims have been fitted front and back, with new tires and new stainless/nickel spokes and nipples from Buchanan’s. John Tickle headlight ears are installed, along with Buzz Kill custom clip-ons, and Norman Hyde rearsets.

These were the bukes to have in the early 60s if going fast between bars was your passion! Sadly I didn't have the $$$ for one at that time. And when I got back to the states they had been replaced by much faster and capable bikes from the far east. Still, if I could find a nice example of the classic brit café racer I'd prolly get it just because they are so dam cool
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^that’s so cool
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