For many years, we've been carrying our racing bikes to the track in a small but very efficient 1999 T4 Volkswagen Eurovan. It served us well and was absorbed into the NYC Norton business as a lithe big-city bike hauler. But the transmissions in these vans are notoriously fragile, and the need to carry more bikes and sometimes tow a trailer was upon us. After much laboring, bean-counting, talking to car dealers, accountants, and shrinks, the business took the plunge and we bought a new Sprinter to carry bikes - race bikes and customer bikes - with reliability. Our maiden voyage would be the beloved Midwest excursion to Road America in Wisconsin, with the week off spent up in Northern Michigan with friends at the wonderful cottage in belonging to John and Jan Ellis, then off to Grattan the following weekend. There had been many test fittings of bikes in [...]
The 2013 racing season got off to a later start than usual, due mainly to work commitments that took precedence over the first two AHRMA rounds happening at New Orleans and Talladega in early Spring. So, when the opportunity arose to ride my old friend Ron Halem's Goldstar out in Sonoma in May, I jumped at the chance. I'd never been to Sonoma and it seemed like a long way to go for a single race weekend, but the chance to race at such a place up in beautiful Northern Cali was too much to pass up. Ron's bike was immaculately prepared, as per usual. The last time the bike had been out was with me on board at Miller in September 2012l, and I'd really shagged the Dunlops that weekend, so we put on some new tires and had at it. This bike has seen a lot of development [...]
We are really pleased to have been featured in the latest edition of Iron & Air magazine. Chris Logsdon (The Shop Brooklyn) came over and picked our brains for a while, and the result was a great piece, cutting through the chaff of cafe racers vs. racers. Jason Goodrich took very beautiful pics of the shop and the bikes while we all chatted, and he will certainly be shooting more for us in the future. Thanks guys.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]