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« on: February 21, 2006, 01:37:09 PM »
My Dads bought a Norton rotary motorbike to restore.  I think he said it is an Interpole ex police bike, it is a non runner at present as the rotors appeared to be seized.  When the bike was running last it was apparently hard to start from hot, presumibly this means it was in need of a rebuild anyway?

I think he intends to restore it to the prototype interpole specs.

I have attached some pics including the amusing rear number plate.  I\'m sure when he sees this post he will explain more.
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2006, 05:38:12 PM »
Im gonna check in my garage when i get home, that looks just like mine.
Nice one!  :Thumbs-up
So hes not building a nine second Wankel Lambretta any more then? (phew!!)

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006, 07:39:40 PM »
No, it was going to be tricky getting the air in the engine properly due to the frame so he as gone this route.  He bought it of someone from the Monter Raving Loony Party, the name on the V5 was somthing von Thunderclap!
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006, 07:46:13 PM »
Very nice old bean....... bet you can\'t till the sun is shinig  :Thumbs-up

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2006, 08:03:14 PM »
Got to get it working first, my dad does these in his spare time and does a fantastic job.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2006, 10:23:06 PM »
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He bought it of someone from the Monter Raving Loony Party, the name on the V5 was something von Thunderclap!

Youre kidding!!
http://www.mazdarotaryclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5645  
See post no.6.

Baron von Thunderclap, hes the \'Shadow Transport Minister\' for the Monster Raving Loony Party  :D
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2006, 07:44:30 AM »
from http://bvthunderclap.co.uk/   :rollin  :rollin

Current polices that I am campaigning for as Shadow Transport Minister are things such as

1) The abolition of all Volvos

2) The reinstatement of the rolling 25 year road tax exemption--plus ensuring that the road tax is spent on the ROADS not put into central funds.

3) All motorcycles will become tax exempt, and the anti loud exhausts legislation will be repealed. The later point will negate the \'sorry mate I didn\'t see you\' excuse as favoured by Volvo drivers when they pull out in front of bikes.

4) Bikes will be allowed into bus lanes and the stupid motorway bus lanes will be abolished. On the same point John \'2 Jags\' Prescott will also be abolished.

5) Since my bike is comfortable at 110 mph the new national speed limit should be set at 110, with a reduction to 20mph round schools at chucking out time.

6) The current law which states that cycling on the pavement is punishable with a £500 fine will be rigidly enforced and all funds generated from this will be put into cycle tracks. All new developments will also be forced to include cycle tracks.

7) Joggers will be banned from the roads and instead will be placed into giant treadmills which will generate free electricity for Old Age Pensioners

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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2006, 11:41:29 PM »
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I think he intends to restore it to the prototype interpol specs.

Gman, im genuinely puzzled ?? The PROTOTYPE interpol spec ??  wos that then?.. or did you mean \'Original\' interpol spec?

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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2006, 11:51:56 PM »
I\'ll get him to explain it, its in a book he has.  It details a prototype model that only a few were made where it alters from the one that was sold.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2006, 11:59:15 PM »
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I\'ll get him to explain it, its in a book he has.  It details a prototype model that only a few were made where it alters from the one that was sold.

Ah!! sounds a bit like the Aurora ?????  \'The Norton that never was\'
The first production rotary Norton was to be called the ‘Aurora’. Shenstone started to build 25 pre-production models in 1979 after many years of development. None of these were delivered to customers as independent testing showed the need for further engine and chassis development. With one exception, all were dismantled again and the parts quarantined. The one example, referred to as the ‘Cooke Nielsen’ after the US editor of ‘Cycle World’ who was to have been first to release a road test, remained as a test hack in the factory for several years and was to eventually end up in an enthusiast’s collection.
The ‘Classic’ of 1987 shares many components which were originally developed for the ‘Aurora’ and, not surprisingly, some of the other ‘Aurora’ parts found their way into private hands.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2006, 10:36:50 PM »
Found this photo of the 1976 Aurora, looks very similar to the 1988 Classic. If only it had gone on sale to the public, in 1979 its wankel engine would have been more than a match for the japanese piston engines of the time. The 1988 Classic was the first Norton rotary available to the public which gave the boinger engineers an extra decade of development to further iron out the piston engines inherent flaws.

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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2006, 10:52:30 PM »
Another pic...

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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2006, 05:53:39 PM »
Gman / John
Any Progress yet ????

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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2007, 11:33:05 AM »
Morning!

Don\'t frequent the forum too much anymore so missed your post!  It is almost finished, engine needed taking out three times after the rebuild as there were various issue with over fuelling etc then a lack of oil being fed to the engine.  But it is now running and back together although the fuel tank did have a very small leak that had to be sorted last week.

It is a bit of a hybrid in terms of looks, the majority is as it was but without the faring, but the back light area is bespoke and slighty different to the original.

Will post some pics when i am next over at the old mans.
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