Posts Tagged ‘Manx Norton’

Racing 2014 | New Jersey and Utah

For years our closest race on the AHRMA calendar was Grattan, MI, clocking in at 750 miles from NYC.  So when the announcement came in last year that we would be racing in New Jersey we couldn't believe what we heard.  The notion of being able to load up and get to a track in 2 hours (125 miles), spend a weekend chasing the racing jones, and make it home to our own beds by Sunday evening was such an alien concept.  Because the track is centrally located to NYC, ... read more

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Racing 2014 | The Midwest is not a city in China

Charging down Thunder Alley at Road America at top speed has to be one of the greatest experiences one can ever have on a motorcycle.  Doing it on a revving British Single or Twin is even better.  This 4.05 mile long course has everything for the bikes the NYC Norton team races – very fast sections, some wavy twisties, and tight little moments. It is without question a top-3 favorite track for all of us.  We loaded up the Sprinter and began the drive to the land of cheese curds ... read more

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Dinner of Champions | Chewing the fat with Kevin Schwantz

The 2011 Barber Vintage Festival was without question the biggest racing event I've ever taken part in.  Supported by Jamie Waters and Bellmouth Racing, our paddock played host to a group of Kiwis that made their way around the world with their pukka 500 Premier bikes, headed up by legendary tuner Ken McIntosh, who provided a very fast Manx Norton with the familiar #34 emblazoned on the side for world-champion Kevin Schwantz to lead the way.  Although it was a busy weekend for all, every once in a while I'd ... read more

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Racer 2011 | Evolution of A Norton Racebike

2011: Moving on up January, 2011 Having decided to focus primarily on the F750 class it was high-time to add some braking to the bike. I loved the single disk setup because it was so light and quite powerful, but on a few hard-braking tracks such as Road America and VIR I found I was really getting walloped by those other dudes with their fancy twin-disk setups. In fact, I was going through a set of Ferodo Platinum pads about every 1.5 race weekends Time to suit up and ... read more

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Racer 2010 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2010

2010: The Kindness Of Strangers   Winter 2009: Spot the race bike? This has become a repetitive story - bike gets built, bike gets raced, bike gets torn down , bike gets built back up again... I suppose the difference this year is wanting to step it up a little more than before. I have contemplated building up a new motor for some time, and the time is now. After working through the details I have been fortunate enough to land a few sponsors who are willing to stick their necks ... read more

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Racer 2008 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2008

January 2008:Without a heart! Here sits a lonely 1962 Featherbed frame and bits. The motor has been removed so I can check the balance factor. The bike shook last year, and it was time to get that sorted. Off to Lindskog's with the crank, rods, pistons, pins, clips, etc. I'm working on some new things for 2008, but I'll leave it at that for now. In the meantime, I'm amassing all the pieces necessary to get a bike back out on the track and defend my championship. Daytona looms. ... read more

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