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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 2009 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2009

2009: Time to fire up the lawnmower again   Winter 2008/2009 Long Before any season starts a racer must sit down and come to terms with their abuse and destruction they have inflicted on their beloved machines the previous year. I had somehow managed to crack my Seeley frame at the upper left rear engine mount tab. The forces of the drive had created a crack that ran entirely around the crosstube. No problem I say... tear the bike completely down, chuck the frame in my car and drive ... 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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Racer 2006 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer

USCRA Eurocup Pre-Grid, NHIS, 6/12/06 Photo courtesty of Matthew Robbins www.matthewrobbinsphoto.com January 2006: Okay...where do I begin? It's no secret that racing is tough on bikes, riders and pocketbooks, but my little surprise this off-season came from out of nowhere. It all started with a pesky oil leak from the filler cap on the oil tank that reoccurred throughout last season. I decided to pull the tank to see if I could fashion some sort of repair. Lo and behold, as I pulled the tank ... read more

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Racer 2005 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2005

    March 5, 2005, debuting new Works Performance alloy shocks, a custom Kirby fairing from Andy Molnar (with built-in belly pan), and a set of brand-new sticky Avon AM23/AM22 race tires, prepped and ready for the first race of 2005 only one week away with WERA at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  Notice the rock salt on the ground. It does not feel like race weather around here.   Fueling up at V.I.R., March 12, 2005.   Click HERE for the soothing sights/sounds of a Norton at full ... read more

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Racer 2004 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2000 through 2004 - The Beginning

The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2000 through 2004 - The Beginning The famous Featherbed frame.  The impetus. The rusty beast that started it all.  I always wanted a Featherbed special but wasn't sure what flavor.  About the time this frame surfaced I had just experienced my first vintage race.  I knew then I had to build a racer and start racing....but how?  The disease begins. This is a photo of my 1962 ES2 rolling chassis I bought in early 2000.  I contemplated putting all different kinds of engines ... read more

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