Posts Tagged ‘Norton Commando’

A Streetfighter For The World | The Sunburst Seeley Commando

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 ... read more

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NYC Norton goes Sturgis! | "Perhaps the sexiest machine of the whole show, without even trying" -- Cycle World Magazine

NYC Norton got some amazing press from Paul d’Orleans, who summed up so nicely our bike at Michael Lichter’s “Naked Truth” show at Sturgis this year, in a piece he wrote for Cycle World Magazine: http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/10/13/the-naked-truth-motorcycle-show-cycle-world-custom-and-style/ The story: One morning in July, a call came in from Michael Lichter, asking if we had a bike to put in his show at the Buffalo Chip at this year’s 75th-anniversary Sturgis rally. Michael’s Sturgis exhibitions are legendary, and I knew we’... read more

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Naked Speed | The Story of the School Bus Bike

One day in the spring of 2014 the shop phone rang.  On the other end of the line was Dave Austin, a British car collector from upstate New York.  He told a crazy story about finding a stash of cars deep in the back woods of someone's property, and after making a deal to purchase the lot was told the sale included a "rusty old motorcycle".  Turns out the bike was a 100% complete '71 Norton Commando.  Dave wanted NYC Norton to do the "resurrection" on this one.  The Cafe ... read more

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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 | California Dreaming

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, or AHRMA, has lumped a lot of their racing weekends into back-to-back events.  There are mixed feelings about this as 50% believe it's impossible to take that much time off from work, and the other 50% like the fact they can get more bang for their travel buck.  For our East Coast-based racing operation, the back-to-backs weekends of Willow Springs and Sonoma Raceway in Southern and Northern California, respectively, made for easy planning and logistics.  So the Sprinter was loaded with a Seeley 750, ... read more

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1974 Norton 850 Commando | The very first NYC Norton page, from 1999

Photos of my 1974 Norton Commando MK IIA Roadster taken around New York City circa August 1999.           A couple of shots from that very hot summer afternoon. As you can see, I had a good photographer and a good model.  I get stopped on the street every time I take the bike out. I 've had people offer to buy the bike from me right on the spot. Usually, the first question I get is "What year is it?” to which I generally give the smart-ass reply, "Well, it's ... read more

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