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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 ultimately shipping it across the seas to him. Sounded easy enough. This was the humble beginning of a relationship that has circled the Earth many times. Having already in his stable a bone-stock Commando, as well as other vintage bikes of various marques, Joe wanted this Commando to have a bit more "oomph". This is our specialty and we were very happy to [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
When I received this 1970 750 Commando motor from its owner, Peter Billow, it was scattered about in milk crates and dog-eared boxes, and showed signs of a tragic life, made ever-more evident as we worked off the 1/8" coating of grease. Yep... it needed serious love. Peter had a pointed vision and wanted something not excessive or over the top, but something more than stock. Often, when I hear this, I find folks are looking for the single magic (and inexpensive) component that will immediately transform their bike into a fire-breathing dragon. Not this time. I worked with Peter though several discussions, mapping it all out. We chose to go with a racing cam with useable midrange (PW3, in this case) and all associated components that must accompany such a cam to achieve any benefit; making it flow, and setting the top end up so it could handle revving [...]