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« on: January 21, 2004, 12:05:43 AM »
Hi, i found this site while looking on the web for a picture of a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport and i noticed that your \'Other Rotarys\' section didnt have any pictures of Norton motorcycles on so i thought id put a picture of my bike on here thinking it might possibly be of interest to some of you. It started life as a 1984 Norton Interpol 2 police bike (one of only 360 built) but has been considerably visually altered since. I hope you dont mind me putting this on your car site.

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2004, 12:18:28 AM »
This is the engine that the Norton was developed from, the 294cc single rotor DKW 2000 Hercules. The Norton is a 294x2=588cc twin rotor.

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2004, 12:34:53 AM »
One more... this is the rare Norton F1/ F1 sport. Only around 210 were built between 1990 - 1992. It is a road going \'replica\' of the very successful race bikes on which Steve Spray won the 1989 British Formula 1 title, Steve Hislop won the 1992 Isle of Man F1 race and Ian Simpson won the 1994 F1 title.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2004, 02:24:30 AM »
Excellent stuff!

Please keep the information/pics. coming, I find these bikes fascinating.

I would love to hear a race version going.

Any idea what rpm they rev to?
Thanks,

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2004, 07:58:14 AM »
Thanks for posting these pics as we have people in the Club that like all things Rotary and along with myself find other Rotary\'s interesting

[any more pics of other stuff]
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2004, 08:39:01 AM »
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Excellent stuff!

Please keep the information/pics. coming, I find these bikes fascinating.

I would love to hear a race version going.

Any idea what rpm they rev to?


About 11500 revs Glen,
I have the video of the Norton rotary winning the Isle of Man TT and the on bike footage is amazing,you can see the rev counter.

Thanks for putting  that stuff up about the Norton rotaries,NORTON?.
Kind regards
Carl

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2004, 01:51:08 PM »
Did you mean ROTON, Carl?

Yes, its wonderful to see this pics, I thought we would have far more posts from Norton owners, where are they all?

Surely we are going to invite them to Brooklands, and especially ROTORSTOCK?

On another note, any Rotary engined aircraft owners in the UK?

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2004, 03:41:30 PM »
I remember watching ian simpson win the british superbike championship when i was 14 years old.

I\'m a big big bike fan, and jus before christmas, the guy who owns the national motorcycle museum bought the last 3 race norton f1\'s to start to rebuild the collection after the place burnt down.

Ian simpsons bike fetched 42,000 quid:eek: , the others was a spare bike and a non running show bike.

The auction was for Norton\'s remains from the old factory.

Dan!!..... with quite an appropriate surname:cool
Turned into the worst part of my life....my precious fd3 has gone, but never forgotten....roll on a new life!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2004, 11:50:37 PM »
Blimey... thanks very much for the warm welcome.
Us Norton Rotary Owners are alive and well. There are two clubs for us in the U.K. (in addition to the Norton Owners Club), one is called the Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club and the other is the Rotary Owners Club which is not just for Nortons. I think i have seen a previous invite to Brooklands in one or other of the club magazines. The NREC hold a Rotary Day at Stanford Hall and in 2003 we were joined by five RX7s from the owners club. This will be on Sunday July 4th in 2004.
For anyone interested in the racing side i can highly recommend the JPS Norton website,  http://www.jpsnorton.co.uk
Also we have recently started up a forum,  http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/nortonrotary

Oh well, if the moderators say its ok i will use up a bit more of your web space... heres a picture of a friends Norton Rotary Streetfighter Special

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2004, 12:06:13 AM »
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I would love to hear a race version going.

They sound awesome!
I remember a while back i had a motoring channel on, on the telly, but i wasnt watching it. Suddenly there was the unmistakable sound of the Norton Rotary race bike, i looked up and to my great suprise it was in fact a Mazda drag race car, it sounded exactly the same.
The early air cooled 588cc race bikes made about 135bhp and by the end the water cooled bikes were close to 160bhp. Another picture coming up... ex- Steve Spray JPS Norton race bike. This particular bike now resides in Australia...
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2004, 02:17:02 AM »
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On another note, any Rotary engined aircraft owners in the UK?

The Norton 588cc engine lives on in fuel injected 110bhp aero engine form manufactured by Mid West.
The bikes in the picture are a DKW and a Norton Commander.

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2004, 12:15:17 PM »
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I would love to hear a race version going.


There are some vids on that JPS site quoted above ... the flames out the exhaust are superb !


Welcome Norton :wave

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2004, 07:27:55 AM »
Not strictly true, the bike that Steve Hislop won the Isle of Man on was a Harris framed bike and was very different to the Spondon framed earlier bikes including the F1 road bike. :-)

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One more... this is the rare Norton F1/ F1 sport. Only around 210 were built between 1990 - 1992. It is a road going \'replica\' of the very successful race bikes on which Steve Spray won the 1989 British Formula 1 title, Steve Hislop won the 1992 Isle of Man F1 race and Ian Simpson won the 1994 F1 title.

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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2004, 07:32:32 AM »
It\'s nice to see my race bike getting around the web, my bikes photos turn up in the most unlikely places sometimes :-)
I still have plans for a Mazda engined bike someday, I wonder if it is possible ?

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They sound awesome!
I remember a while back i had a motoring channel on, on the telly, but i wasnt watching it. Suddenly there was the unmistakable sound of the Norton Rotary race bike, i looked up and to my great suprise it was in fact a Mazda drag race car, it sounded exactly the same.
The early air cooled 588cc race bikes made about 135bhp and by the end the water cooled bikes were close to 160bhp. Another picture coming up...

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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2004, 09:25:17 AM »
We were lucky enough to have Les Bensley and his mate of the Suzuki Owners Club turn up at Brooklands in 2003

( see events attended for Bike pics )

lf we can get enough Bikes along l would love to see a special stand set up at Rotorstock but we would  need an idea of numbers attending.

Just maybe  The NREC would like to hold their Rotary Day with us at Rotorstock ?
just thinking out loud!

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