A Streetfighter For The World

As featured on the #1 custom bike website www.bikeexif.com/nyc-norton/ In early 2014 we got a call from an overseas number on the shop phone.  On the other end of the call was a pleasant voice with an unidentifiable accent who introduced himself as "Joe".  He was calling from his home in a small country nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.  He had just purchased a pristine Norton Commando in the States and asked if we could add some performance and reliability mods to it before ultimately shipping it across the seas to him.  Sounded easy enough.  This was the humble beginning of a relationship that has circled the Earth many times.  Having already in his stable a bone-stock Commando, as well as other vintage bikes of various marques, Joe wanted this Commando to have a bit more "oomph".  This is our specialty and we were very happy to [...]

2015-11-16T22:45:32+00:00October 7th, 2015|builds, commando, nycNorton, street|

Racing 2014

Over the last few years NYC Norton has grown quite a bit as a thriving business rebuilding classics and a successful racing team.  In 2013 we completed a Seeley G50 build for our client Helmut Niederer and delivered it to him at Barber.  Knowing little about Helmut's racing skills (other than rumors he'd taken Kevin Schwantz's racing school at least 30 times), our mission for the weekend was simply to help him get started with his new possession.  By the end of the Barber event Helmut's lap times put him within the top 5 riders of the 500 Premier class.  We were pleasantly surprised and knew we had a good one here.  After Kenny returned from his sojourn to Australia in January, a meeting was held and the 2014 season became perfectly clear - Jon Thorndike, Helmut, and Kenny would do all 10 rounds of AHRMA in the US.   [...]

2014-12-26T21:03:21+00:00December 26th, 2014|builds, commando, G50, nycNorton, racing|

A G50 Premier

After an outing on stunning Minnovation Racing Works Seeley G50 at Cadwell Park, a deal was struck for NYC Norton to provide complete Seeley G50 racing bikes here in the states. Minnovation and NYC Norton immediately began collaborating, building up the sister bike to the Minnovation Works G50 to showcase and campaign here in the US.   The bike was completed and track-ready by early September, 2012, in time for AHRMA/Barber festival, and a shakedown run at Summit Point beforehand.  Weighing in at under 240lbs it is an incredibly tidy package with an phenomenal power-to-weight ratio   Minnovation short-stroke G50 motor.  NRP stainless exhaust.   Absolutely top spec for the 500 Premier class.   The detail work is second to none.  Replica Fontana 210mm Front Brake.  Cosentino Internals in Roadholder forks   Replica Fontana 180mm magnesium rear brake with cush-drive sprockets   We may be biased, but this is our pick [...]

2012-11-25T14:20:42+00:00September 20th, 2012|builds, nycNorton, racing, suppliers|

Breathe Deep

Today was a good day.  We had master fabricator and bicycle craftsman Seth Rosko of Rosko Cycle Company come to the shop and mock up an exhaust system for the Seeley NRE.  Dave Nourish is very specific with his lengths and diameters, and to keep the tuned lengths out of the way of the rider, each side will be tucked behind the frame rails, which will require some scalloping of corners of the beautiful oil tank.  Seth is the man for the job, and after an hour of cutting and fitting of pipes he had a good mockup in place, meeting all the necessary dimensions.  Look at that megga! It can be said here, with great certainty, that this bike is going to roar.  Lock up your daughters and batten the hatches. See all posts on this build by clicking here: https://nycnorton.com//tag/nre/  

2012-04-25T23:00:25+00:00April 25th, 2012|builds, nycNorton, racing|

StealthFighter

Brushed and flat: When a project gets moving, sometimes it takes a while for it to show its character.  When we built up the motor for this bike, it was built around a good cam, porting, carbs, etc.  It was a race motor alone on the bench.  As we started to build up the bike around it, the function started steering the form. With the PW3 cam and the ported head it was clear a good exhaust would be necessary.  During a shop visit one day, owner Peter Billow looked at a few of the race bikes within and asked about the idea of a Maney exhaust.  Certainly not unheard of for a street bike, but off the menu, for sure.  But we know by now that Steve Maney's exhaust and the PW3 care are the perfect marriage, fantastic for mid-range, the power band where a street bike is used [...]

2012-04-18T21:11:53+00:00April 18th, 2012|builds, commando, nycNorton, street|

Clearances

The NRE 750 motor has some unusual spacing dimensions, so careful alignment is in order.  Shims and custom spacers are used to get everything in its proper place.  It all starts with getting the motor and gearbox aligned in the chassis.  Then, the clutch must align with the crank pulley.  Spacer there, moving it outboard a bit for true belt run.  Then onto gearbox-to-rear sprocket alignment.   A very handy laser alignment tool aids in locating the rear hub to its proper place for a perfect chain-run to the countershaft sprocket.  Easy and accurate, but after all this, chain-to-tire clearance can be an issue, especially when running 130mm-width tires.   We had the clearance necessary without much ado.  If not, the next solution would have been to move the countershaft sprocket outboard, or perhaps an even more radical solution; moving the drive-side engine plate outboard by spacing between the motor [...]

2012-04-11T15:55:10+00:00March 3rd, 2012|builds, nycNorton, racing|