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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 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 2007 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer

January 2007: I've been racing long enough now to see a recurring theme emerge. Rebuilding after each season is a gross understatement. This is my 1962 Slimline frame sitting on Great Jones street in Manhattan sometime in January 2007 after a healthy dose of media blasting; this so I can find the cracks and flaws hidden under the paint. I present the 2007 rebuild. Chasing that chatter that plagued me in '06.   After some crack repairs (see the front mount for spot welds) it was determined that this old ... 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 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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