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Norton

vibrac

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What a chequered history that name has had since the demise of the original company it takes a very clever man like Bloor to pull off a revival of a marque I think Triumph are an exception and with the present eco fiddle faddle of design restrictions I cant see it happening again any time soon
 

BigEd

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A few years ago I visited the Norton facility a couple of times when it had premises at the Donington Park race circuit. It was a very small operation with what looked like three or four people assembling twin-cylinder machines on a few bike lift benches. It looked like most of the parts were manufactured elsewhere by sub-contractors. I am no businessman but I didn't see how such a small underfunded operation was going to be viable.
They more recently moved down the road a little way to Donington Hall. I never visited there but friends who did said it was still a small operation.
The company have produced some interesting machinery including a promising V4 so it will be a shame if this latest reincarnation of the Norton marque sinks.:(
I have visited the Triumph operation many times and have good friends that work there. (It is only maybe a 15-minute walk from my home.)
It works because John Bloor is a very focussed businessman. He started work as a plasterer in the local building trade and worked hard to become a multi-millionaire. John Bloor put his money where his mouth is.
As an aside, Stuart, our new VOC chairman, is an engineer at Triumph.
 

vibrac

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Stuart is featured in the latest edition of 'Bike' with the latest Speed twin
Yes I admit to buying a modern bike mag to keep up with the latest offerings but the only thing I do envy from all the electronic gizmos is cruise control with all these fast-changing village speed limits it would be a great addition to a Vincent
 
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Sakura

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I always thought it was going to fold eventually. Just couldn't see how a business could constantly find enough classic replica enthusiasts to sustain the business. They do look great but got a mixed reception from the motorcycle press who are used to near perfect modern motorcycles. Still, it's a shame and both money and jobs are going to be lost. Triumph, on the other hand, is a completely different business model.
 

Bill Thomas

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I would have thought the tax man could have been more helpful.
They were not with me !.
To give them a bit of time.
I see they are going to bail out an airline !.
 

Comet Rider

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If I was John Bloor I would stay well away until all the court cases have been resolved

There are load of buyers who have paid out large deposits and received nothing but empty promises

Also many of Mr Garners other companies are on the ropes
 

macvette

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mercurycrest

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If I was John Bloor I would stay well away until all the court cases have been resolved

There are load of buyers who have paid out large deposits and received nothing but empty promises

Also many of Mr Garners other companies are on the ropes
Wow, You were dead on with that advice.... Garner is a big time swindler!
 

Glenliman

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Holy S###!

Guy takes in his 55k GBP V4 for paint touch up and ends up with skeletal remains of a motorcycle.

Also, six Aston Martins, three Range Rovers and a Jag for a heavily indebted company that was supposed to be building motorcycles.
It just gets worse and worse.

 

vibrac

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I would have thought the tax man could have been more helpful.
They were not with me !.
To give them a bit of time.
I see they are going to bail out an airline !.
Perhaps Bill they are a little more astute than we think. Things are becoming clearer
Thank Heavens none of the fly's buzzing round the corpse of the Vincent company ever got serious about a relaunch but then perhaps such activities were rarer than they are now
 

Bill Thomas

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How could someone live like that !.
You have to be a Crook to understand it.
Looks like I was fooled too, Not for the first time.
I liked the look of the new Norton's, If I had the money, Who knows :) .
Your friend Henry from the Telly !, Has one for his Pension, He said on his program the other day
It would do NO Miles, So It would be worth a lot !!.
 

erik

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Luckily there will be spent no money from the rest of Europe,because of Brexit.Erik
 

ClassicBiker

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Things are only worth what people are willing to pay for them. Having said that, I'm sure at some future date someone will readily pay silly money for one.
On another note, "Motorcycle Classics" has a glowing review by Alan Cathart of the new Norton Dominator twins in the current issue. As I read it, I thought "you must be joking, writing this with all that is going on". Then I realized he most likely wrote it and sold it before all this came to light and "Motorcycle Classics" which comes out bi-monthly, probably laid this issue out and sent it to the printer, again before all these issues about Norton became common knowledge. I am curious to see what gets written by either Mr. Cathart or "Motorcycle Classics" in the next issue about all this. Seems Mr. Garner pulled the wool over the eyes of quite a few people.
I thought all E.U. agreements were in force until December 31st?
 

Bill Thomas

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Henry Cole on T.V. For the T.V. Rode one North to South of the UK , And spoke well of them, So maybe some are OK ?, Or is He not telling all ?.
 

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