Can anyone explain Norton to me?

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Can anyone explain Norton to me?

#1 Post by Ben » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:09 pm

Because I really don't understand.

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Re: Can anyone explain Norton to me?

#2 Post by mangocrazy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:28 pm

It's always struck me as a way to separate investors from their hard-earned money...

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#3 Post by Ben » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:25 am

I don't understand:

- The press hype (MCN?)
- The desire for a bike that uses the RSV4 engine but is not as good as an RSV4 RF
- The price
- The clear risk of never seeing the bike you put a deposit down for
- ~The negative press (tax issues, etc)

....and yet (allegedly?) people still want them.

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#4 Post by mangocrazy » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:48 pm

I don't get it either, and for much the same reasons. But Norton do have form in this respect - anyone remember Al Melling and the Norton Nemesis and its 1.5 litre V8 engine? That episode actually makes the current lot look like a model of propriety and trustworthiness...

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Re: Can anyone explain Norton to me?

#5 Post by Ben » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:09 am

I remember that well. I can picture the MCN cover with it on a stand at a show or something. Silver with red wheels. It feels like of they out half the effort into making bikes as they do the hype they might get somewhere?!

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Re: Can anyone explain Norton to me?

#6 Post by oma » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:51 am

Ben wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:09 pm
Because I really don't understand.
They look good but more importantly they have an amazing PR company.

I cant see it being than a vanity project but I really want it to be a success.
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy.

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#7 Post by mangocrazy » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:46 pm

I'd like to see Norton return, as well. But to do it successfully I suggest you'd need to follow the path Triumph took, not try and jump in right at the top end of the market. Unfortunately Norton seems to attract the flash chancer type - all whizz bang PR but very little substance to back it up.

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#8 Post by Katana » Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:11 pm

Norton, to me, is one of the traditional english bike manufacturers. Then the reborn wankel engined norton, was amazing especially as a child wankel was almost wanker.

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