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For 6 years Kenny (and ultimately NYC Norton) worked out of about 400 square feet of space within a larger 4200 sq ft space lovingly known as Spannerland.  For those who don't know the back story, Spannerland, located in a corner of a massive industrial building just outside the Holland Tunnel, was created in 2006 as sort-of co-op shared by a group of NYC based racers who needed more space than they could each realistically afford in pricy Manhattan.  Spannerland treated everyone well - on any Sunday it could be a quiet cavern of classic bikes, or a buzzing workshop of machines fabricating parts to get folks to their next race.  But as things happen, racers settle down and move away, interests change, etc.  Towards the end of 2012 a lease renewal went into effect, and NYC Norton moved out of the small carved-out space occupied for the last 6 [...]

2013-03-16T20:37:41-04:00March 16th, 2013|nycNorton|

Racing Update

The 2012 season was winding down, but we had a sudden burst of greatness enter our lives with the new Seeley G50 arrival (click here for G50 details) so it was important to get some seat time on the bike before heading into Barber.  We packed up the G50 and Atlas and headed south to West Virginia - Summit Point, to be exact - where we would race with WERA for a day.  At 4.5 hours of driving, Summit Point is our closest track to NYC that offers vintage racing (2 miles further than New Hampshire Motor Speedway, according to Google, but much quicker to get to), so this was a walk in the park for our one-day adventure.  We got to the track Friday night, set up the canopy, and awoke Saturday morning to a perfect fall day.  We filled the bikes with oil and gas and away we [...]

2012-11-25T14:02:49-05:00November 24th, 2012|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 [...]

2012-11-25T14:20:42-05:00September 20th, 2012|builds, nycNorton, racing, suppliers|

Racing Update

After playing around over in the UK, and now having missed 3 AHRMA National rounds (Roebling, Talladga, and Willow Springs) it was time to get busy here at home.  The Road America/Grattan back-to-back weekends are favorites on the NYC Norton calendar, and a fitting first outing in the US.  Plus, master NYC Norton spannerman Jon Thorndike was making his racing debut at Road America on his properly maintained Norton Atlas.  So we loaded up the Teutonic transporter and set the controls for the center of cheese country.  The weekend was predicted to be Hot and Hazy, Fast and Crazy.  And it was.  As we arrived and set up our pit,  someone had the foresight to snap a nice shot of the bikes before they got all race weary.  #17 Seeley Commando sporting new livery with silver and gold pinstripes.  Thorny's bike with a new fairing, but yet to have its [...]

2012-09-15T20:31:32-04:00September 15th, 2012|nycNorton, racing|

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail…

So I jumped on an  Aeroplane and made my way across the Atlantic, touching down in Manchester, home of Joy Division and coal mining factories, but the sun was shining and folks were chipper.  I took the train to Wakefield, near Minnovation's works (shop), and was greeted at the station by my best mate Martin Page - major domo of Minnovation Racing.  From this point until I was plopped back on the plane back to NYC I was treated like royalty.  Martin and all at Minnovation made me feel like a superstar the entire trip.  When I arrived at the shop I took one look at the bikes and was blown away.  I've said it before but it bears repeating, I am so proud to be a part of this team.  Not simply because I get to race their stunning bikes at exotic tracks in faraway lands, but because they [...]

2012-07-05T17:27:25-04:00May 19th, 2012|nycNorton, racing|

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/  

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

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