Phillip Island 2014 | The Island Classic, and more

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, former TT Racer and tuner of some of the fastest classic bikes Maurice Candy, Dave Roper, and I, met in Terminal 4 at JFK to begin our long journey to Phillip Island, Australia, to take part in the 21st annual Island Classic.  The Australian Motorcycle News (AMCN) had invited a group of Yanks to participate, providing transportation via two 40' containers full of bikes departing from both the West and East Coast of the USA. As seen in a previous post, I loaded up my ... read more

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Pack It Up | Seeley G50 Sets Sail

We've been tardy at posting one of the biggest announcements in our racing times... the invitation to compete in the Island Classic at Phillip Island, Australia, January 24-26, 2014.  The Australians have graciously extended their hand to a select few Americans, inviting them to compete in this huge event, and we are most flattered to have been included.  There are 2 groups of American racers heading over; a West Coast group headed up by Dave Crussel, and an East Coast group, arranged by Bob Coy (USCRA).  Our little sub-group - ... read more

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Racing Update | Midwest Madness, 2013

For many years, we've been carrying our racing bikes to the track in a small but very efficient 1999 T4 Volkswagen Eurovan.  It served us well and was absorbed into the NYC Norton business as a lithe big-city bike hauler.  But the transmissions in these vans are notoriously fragile, and the need to carry more bikes and sometimes tow a trailer was upon us.  After much laboring, bean-counting, talking to car dealers, accountants, and shrinks, the business took the plunge and we bought a new Sprinter to carry bikes  - ... read more

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Racing Update | California Dreaming

The 2013 racing season got off to a later start than usual, due mainly to work commitments that took precedence over the first two AHRMA rounds happening at New Orleans and Talladega in early Spring.  So, when the opportunity arose to ride my old friend Ron Halem's Goldstar out in Sonoma in May, I jumped at the chance.  I'd never been to Sonoma and it seemed like a long way to go for a single race weekend, but the chance to race at such a place up in beautiful Northern ... read more

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Shop Snaps | Jason Goodrich outtakes from the Iron & Air shoot

During the Iron and Air interview, photographer Jason Goodrich snapped some really nice shots that weren't in the magazine, but certainly deserve to be seen.  These shots were taken in our old space just before we relocated across the room, increasing from 400 sq ft to 2100 sq ft, as explained in our  "Moving On Up" blog entry.  Jason's shots give it a nice, cozy feel, but we were splitting our seams.  Rest assured we will have Jason over again to better illustrate the loft setup we've moved into.  More ... read more

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Iron & Air | A great piece on the workings of NYC Norton

We are really pleased to have been featured in the latest edition of Iron & Air magazine. Chris Logsdon (The Shop Brooklyn) came over and picked our brains for a while, and the result was a great piece, cutting through the chaff of cafe racers vs. racers.  Jason Goodrich took very beautiful pics of the shop and the bikes while we all chatted, and he will certainly be shooting more for us in the future.  Thanks guys.  

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