Over the last few years NYC Norton has grown quite a bit as a thriving business rebuilding classics and a successful racing team. In 2013 we completed a Seeley G50 build for our client Helmut Niederer and delivered it to him at Barber. Knowing little about Helmut's racing skills (other than rumors he'd taken Kevin Schwantz's racing school at least 30 times), our mission for the weekend was simply to help him get started with his new possession. By the end of the Barber event Helmut's lap times put him within the top 5 riders of the 500 Premier class. We were pleasantly surprised and knew we had a good one here. After Kenny returned from his sojourn to Australia in January, a meeting was held and the 2014 season became perfectly clear - Jon Thorndike, Helmut, and Kenny would do all 10 rounds of AHRMA in the US. [...]
Minnovation Racing and NYC Norton have long been collaborative. But when the offer chimed for us to make our way to the UK and have a wobble on Minnovation's spectacular machinery, there was absolutely no hesitation. The deal was struck, the flights booked, the international ACU racing license sourced... bring on the sexy stews! NYC Norton/Minnovation Racing will be racing at Cadwell Park on Sunday and Monday, May 6 & 7, 2012, with the CRMC, alongside some of the best classic racers in the world, at one of the most picturesque tracks ever seen. All at Minnovation have been very supportive and so very welcoming (thanks folks), and in return we are working on a plan to have them over here before the racing season ends. Barber??? Seen here are two of the finest racing bikes in the world - A Minnovation Seeley 750, and a Minnovation Seeley G50. Click [...]
Brushed and flat: When a project gets moving, sometimes it takes a while for it to show its character. When we built up the motor for this bike, it was built around a good cam, porting, carbs, etc. It was a race motor alone on the bench. As we started to build up the bike around it, the function started steering the form. With the PW3 cam and the ported head it was clear a good exhaust would be necessary. During a shop visit one day, owner Peter Billow looked at a few of the race bikes within and asked about the idea of a Maney exhaust. Certainly not unheard of for a street bike, but off the menu, for sure. But we know by now that Steve Maney's exhaust and the PW3 care are the perfect marriage, fantastic for mid-range, the power band where a street bike is used [...]
Almost there. The first bike ever put onto the track by us has been almost completely resurrected (with a few upgrades, tweaks, fabrication details, etc). Today the primary cover mounting system was fabbed and the cover installed. Tomorrow, maybe a chain, some safety wire, and a few dyno pulls. We'll see. This is an Open GP/BEARS bike, through and through. Expect to be seeing it on the track again this year.
It's been hush hush, for no reason other than the details needed to be hammered out. Now... consider them hammered. Our long-time friend, mentor, techie, and fellow racer John Magyar put in the order for not one, but TWO complete Seeley-framed bikes, the likes of which haven't been seen. Read on. On Tuesday, February 14th, a crate the size of an NYC studio apartment arrived at Spannerland, having made its way across the Atlantic from Minnovation Racing. The crate was actually smaller than some of our past deliveries, but inside was nothing but twice the fun. In this photo, actual likenesses of Mick and Martin from Minnovation Racing. Silly boys. As the packing material was pulled away, the motorbike porn begins to shine through Voila! Two NYC Norton-spec Minnovation Racing Seeley MK2 chassis are pulled from the crate. Folks, rest assured you are looking at something you won't get [...]
Up on the bench for the last while has been a project very near to us - the first NYC Norton racer. The bike started life as a mild-steel road-going Featherbed-framed ES2, and after several years of development and upgrades, became the 750cc beast that propelled Kenny to his first BEARS championship in 2007. It was sold to finance the first Seeley. The new owner commissioned us to build it back to its former glory, and then some. Good to have it back, even temporarily. It is still the benchmark on building up a competitive vintage racer using most of its components found on production street bikes. The bodywork is out for paint, and there are a few loose ends to tie up, but it's 90% home. There will be a blog update with all the specs, mods and changes in the near future.