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« on: April 11, 2004, 05:54:15 PM »
Does anyone have any information on where one of these can be sourced and for how much?  Doesnt have to be in mint condition but as spares could be a problem I dont want a wreck.  

What is the situation with sourcing spares?

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2004, 09:42:52 PM »
Hi
They are rare so dont often come up for sale but i do occasionally see them advertised in the \'Epitrochoid\', the Rotary (motorcycle) Owners Club magazine.
What are you looking for? DKW/Hercules W2000? or Suzuki RE5? or Norton Interpol 2 or Classic or Commander or F1 or F1 sport? or something even rarer?
What sort of price range are you thinking of?
Spares are not quite as big a problem as you might imagine, the club mentioned above can either supply or point you in the right direction for DKW and Suzuki bits and for the Nortons there is Norton Motors UK in the Midlands and an independent specialist in Leeds.
Check out.. http://www.nortonmotors.co.uk/">Norton Motorcycles UK - new website

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2004, 09:30:23 PM »
Thanks for the info on Rotorcycles.  Good sites and pictures.
I have an restored velocette Viceroy scooter to sell before I can buy a Rotary.  I will have about £1500 to spend.
I would like a Norton of some description, is this feasable?
Any new info would be helpful.

Thanks again

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2004, 10:47:55 PM »
Yes, you should be able to get a Norton Interpol 2 rotary for 1500-00 pounds. :)

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2004, 11:54:00 PM »
WOW Velocette Viceroy never thought I\'d hear that again,
would of bought that off you 20 years ago!
Come to that I dont think I\'ve seen one for 20 years.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2004, 10:18:34 PM »
And you would be in the most excellent company... ive just discovered that the \'Shadow Transport Minister\' for the UKs Monster Raving Loony Party, Baron Pete Von Thunderclap rides a Norton Interpol 2 Rotary !!!!!!!!! :D :p
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2004, 11:59:17 PM »
http://www.nortonmotors.co.uk/Bikes.htm

A couple of interesting bikes for sale September 2004...

Bike 1 - Norton F1 Sports just fully rebuilt
Norton F1 Sports ("TT"), fully rebuilt from the ground up to better-than-new condition by Norton Motors Ltd. First registered (in Germany) 01.04.1993, one owner from new. This bike was taken apart and robbed of some parts to build the racer below for the same owner. Sighting the accumulated stock of Norton Motors Ltd and adding further stock from Germany put us in a position to get the whole bike back together.
The frame has been polished, fairing and petrol tank resprayed, all small fittings have been replaced or put back into as-new condition, no expense and care has been spared. Bike was finished by the end of July.
Price 15.000,- Pounds Sterling resp. 22.500 Euros

Bike 2 - Norton F1 Sports Racer
Norton F1Sports ("TT"), first fielded in English production races ("Goslett Norton"), later rebuilt to standart spec. in the then Shenstone factory; sold on to Norton Motors (Deutschland).
After import to Germany totally dismantled and fully rebuilt and modified to at least works spec (in many cases more than works spec.):
Special features are:
-adjustable trail through modified steering head (done by Spondon at the time specially on this frame);
- works racing exhaust ejector system.
- aero trochoids, TWIN PLUG, with fully modified inlet and exhaust ports, timing adjusted to the spec that gave the German BOT bike 136bhp at the rear wheel in 1993;
- Rotors machined from semi-finished blanks to our spec of shape, this being the best shape for twin-plug ignition, as well as giving a higher compression ratio;
- second oil pump driven by gearbox sprocket nut;
- rear suspension by Öhlins;
- front forks modified with special internals;
- magnesium PVL wheels;
- F1 Sports type fairing in carbon fibre made specially by the people who normally clothe the factory Ducatis, air inlets in the front for rotor/excenter shaft cooling ducts;
- exhaust pipes revised to give optimum backpressure;
- Mikuni flat slide carbs as used on the German BOT racer in the early nineties, with a special throttle arrangement giving fully adjustable quick action;
- fully adjustable master cylinders for brake and clutch action on handlebars with remote reservoires;
- twin aluminum radiators, works racer style, to give optimum air flow to carbs and optimum cooling over engine and under petrol tank;
- many parts machined from solid as f.e. footrests, hydraulics for clutch action, etc.etc;
The motorcycle is ready to race and comes with a second set of wheels and racing stands.Bike is currently at Norton Motors GmbH in Germany but can be shipped to Norton Motors Ltd in England.
20.000,- Pounds Sterling resp.30.000,- Euros, no offers.

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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2005, 11:23:34 PM »
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I will have about £1500 to spend. I would like a Norton of some description, is this feasable?


The only Rotary Norton available for £1500 is the Interpol 2. I have seen examples advertised from £750 to £2500. There were only approx 365 built from around 1982 to 1988 for the Police, the Ministry of Defence and the RAC. Possibly as few as 250 have survived. Due to being so rare they are infrequently advertised for sale so buying tends to be a bit of a waiting game. I purchased mine in October 2002 for £1800 (not including the race replica exhaust). Here are are few examples of old ads i have kept...
Jan 2002 - 1985 Interpol 2 in very good condition, dual seat conversion. Krauser luggage, heated grips. Metallic silver. Not in current use but started and run regularly. Sold with 12 months MOT. All manuals, parts catalogue etc. £1500.
Dec 2002 - Norton Interpol 2\'s (Buy one get one free). Norton no 1. 1984, 64000 miles, good tyres, good runner, taxed. Norton no 2. 1988, 40000 miles, good tyres, good condition, no tax or MOT, has been lain up for past year. £1500 the pair !!
June 2003 - Interpol 2, ex RAF, civilianised, fairing and dual seat. Tax and MOT. £1950.
Aug 2003 - Interpol 2. 1985 Complete bike with wheels, forks and exhausts removed but there. Good fairing and panniers. New air filter, exhaust manifold gaskets, capacitors, brake lever & master cylinder, clutch, front mudguard, fork stanchions and seat. £800.

Buyers Guide... http://www.startright.co.uk/Buybikeinfo.htm


Edit: looking through the old ads i see that it may also be possible to pick up a DKW Hercules W2000 for as little as £1500, again though, they are very rare and infrequently advertised.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2005, 12:52:16 PM »
Item Name: [For Sale] Interpol II
Description: Rotary for sale!

Ad placed on behalf of an NOC member:

"The other reason for putting this bike up for sale is that it has a problem that I can\'t resolve, and I don\'t have the time and technical knowledge to resolve it.

History of the bike. It was originally purchased by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory in 1985 for use in a trial of anti-lock brake systems, and was issued to various Police Forces for long term evaluation. To quote the TRRL " ..the machine was used by Gwent, Hampshire [and four others, plus Thames Valley] Police. It was withdrawn from the trial at only 12500 miles because an accumulation of relatively minor faults had made continued use uneconomic ......the engine had to be rebuilt by Norton Motors early in the life of the machine due to damage caused by incorrect rotor clearance." Ignition problems were also mentioned but these were rectified by replacement of the relevant "black boxes".

In October 1990, the bike was sold to a private owner (NOC member) who was/maybe still is an automotive engineer with Croydon College of Technology, who claimed to have made one modification to the ignition system. Invoices suggest that other maintenance work was undertaken, and the second owner "civilianised" the bike. He also claimed that the motor was moly\'d, and I am certain that the documents he provided included evidence that he had done so, but I can\'t find them. Typical Sod\'s Law, so assume what you will about the state of the engine.

I bought the Norton in April 2000 after my road bike of the day, a BMW R80GS had been stolen and torched. MoT certificates suggested that the registered mileage of 18,092 was correct. It still stands at around 18,500.

In my hands. A short local ride soon revealed a problem. After cruising at a steady 70mph for six miles there was a power loss and the speed dropped to a steady 60mph but no more. The temperature gauge showed a slight rise in temperature, dropped, and within a mile the power was back to 70mph cruising with more to come. As this sequence happened for the entire journey, the first diagnosis was fuel starvation caused perhaps by a vacuum.

On subsequent trips, the situation worsened despite attempts to find the cause, and it is still unsolved. The motor does start and ticks over, suggesting that there is nothing major that is wrong with it.

But with my involvement on the organisational side of off-road sport, there is little time to spend on the rotary; and the restoration of the sidecar outfit to a competition and road-legal standard means no immediate need to get the rotary back on the road. The advice of the medics was given in all sincerity too!

If anyone is serious about wanting the Interpol, I\'d be looking for about £1500.

Please contact: h2r5@colken.freeserve.co.uk
Price Details: 1500 GB Pounds



**EDIT: NOTE.  I had a similar problem with mine which was fixed by fitment of a new petrol tap sourced from http://www.nortonmotors.co.uk/
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2006, 12:02:24 AM »
Norton Rotary for sale on this website...
http://www.classic-motorbikes.com/stock.asp?StockID=102624
I believe the asking price is a mere £50,000.

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2006, 11:57:27 AM »
John/Gman... have you taken the plunge yet???

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2006, 02:55:11 PM »
My dad went to look at two the other weekend.  I think they are both in too good nick for what he is after.  He likes to buy bikes to do up from the ground upwards almost.

We were discussing his next project the other day and we decided in principle to go for a Rotary Lambretta :Laugh Just need to make sure we can source the parts.
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2006, 05:41:34 PM »
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We were discussing his next project the other day and we decided in principle to go for a Rotary Lambretta :Laugh Just need to make sure we can source the parts.

A WHAT !?!?!?!?!?  :2eek  please explain  :confused:  :D

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2006, 10:48:29 PM »
His thing is rebuilding classic scooters, so he thinks he can use a rotary bike engine in a Lambretta scooter.

Should be a one off and go like stink.
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2006, 11:13:33 PM »
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His thing is rebuilding classic scooters, so he thinks he can use a rotary bike engine in a Lambretta scooter. Should be a one off and go like stink.

Oh SH!T!! i shall not be best pleased if a nine second Lambretta whips my ass at Rotorstock  :rollin
What engine are you considering using?