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Re: At long last!

Posted by Kevin Bell at May 14. 2018

[Sorry if this is a double post, but my internet dropped out while I was trying to post the original!]

After a couple of false starts (and a couple of thousand pounds!), finally seem to have a sorted bike . Photo is at Burwick, as far south as you can get on Orkney, and then I rode to Birsay, as far north as you can get. All told, 100 miles today and 55.6mpg. I'm a happy bunny. Time to get my entry in for the Orkney Vintage Club summer show. 

 

Kevin

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Re: At long last!

Posted by Fritz Wettstein at May 14. 2018

Congratulations Kevin, great looking bike.

Fritz

Re: At long last!

Posted by Kevin Bell at May 15. 2018

Previously Fritz Wettstein wrote:

Congratulations Kevin, great looking bike.

Fritz

 

Thanks, Fritz. Laughing

Re: At long last!

Posted by Gordon Johnston at May 15. 2018

Makes my one look rather shabby. You will have to venture south to that other island of Great Britain to get some proper miles in!

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Posted by Kevin Bell at May 15. 2018

Previously Gordon Johnston wrote:

Makes my one look rather shabby. You will have to venture south to that other island of Great Britain to get some proper miles in!

:D I do have a bit of a plan formulating, but there might not be enough time for me to finalise it!

Re: At long last!

Posted by Dan Field at May 15. 2018

Nice looking bike!

Re: At long last!

Posted by Kevin Bell at May 16. 2018

Previously Dan Field wrote:

Nice looking bike!

 

 

Thanks, Dan. It's running well too - (fingers crossed, pretend I didn't say that!) :D

Re: At long last!

Posted by George Phillips at May 17. 2018

Which make of carrier is it, Kevin? And did it need fettling?

George

Re: At long last!

Posted by Kevin Bell at May 17. 2018

Previously George Phillips wrote:

Which make of carrier is it, Kevin? And did it need fettling?

George

Hi George

It's a Craven Carrier. It was on when I bought the bike and I thought I would take it off as it is a bit 'old man' - then I realised I AM an old man and it's damn useful! :D

I haven't worked out how to attach more than one photo to a post, so I've made a PDF with photos in. It doesn't seem as if any great amount of fettling was required, other than spacers.

Kevin

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Re: At long last!

Posted by John Hall at May 17. 2018

Nice machine, is this the most Northerly Norton in the British Isles?

As for 55.6 Mpg, I regularly used to get 55 mpg from my BMW K75,740cc which I suppose wasn't bad!

Are the roads all twists and turns?

Re: At long last!

Posted by Kevin Bell at May 18. 2018

Previously John Hall wrote:

Nice machine, is this the most Northerly Norton in the British Isles?

As for 55.6 Mpg, I regularly used to get 55 mpg from my BMW K75,740cc which I suppose wasn't bad!

Are the roads all twists and turns?

 

Hi John.

Thank you. Strictly speaking, I know of one, under restoration, 650SS which is about half a mile further north than me! :D

I'm anticipating a slight improvement in the consumption as the engine beds in after relining the bores, new mains and new valves.

Without exaggerating, the roads here are a fabulous mix of long straights, some gentle and some tight bends. Traffic is a joke - i.e. none to speak of, and the lack of trees gives perfect sight lines across bends. Now, if only we had more sunny days! ;)

Kevin

Re: At long last!

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at May 20. 2018

Previously Kevin Bell wrote:

Previously John Hall wrote:

Nice machine, is this the most Northerly Norton in the British Isles?

As for 55.6 Mpg, I regularly used to get 55 mpg from my BMW K75,740cc which I suppose wasn't bad!

Are the roads all twists and turns?

 

Hi John.

Thank you. Strictly speaking, I know of one, under restoration, 650SS which is about half a mile further north than me! :D

I'm anticipating a slight improvement in the consumption as the engine beds in after relining the bores, new mains and new valves.

Without exaggerating, the roads here are a fabulous mix of long straights, some gentle and some tight bends. Traffic is a joke - i.e. none to speak of, and the lack of trees gives perfect sight lines across bends. Now, if only we had more sunny days! ;)

Kevin

 

Hello now looking at your rear wheel looks to me like an 18 with a 4.00 tyre  these were only fitted to export  Norton 650 Manxman  built from 7th of November 1960  well I should know as I own one     yours  Anna J

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Re: At long last!

Posted by Kevin Bell at May 21. 2018

Previously anna jeannette Dixon wrote:

Previously Kevin Bell wrote:

Previously John Hall wrote:

Nice machine, is this the most Northerly Norton in the British Isles?

As for 55.6 Mpg, I regularly used to get 55 mpg from my BMW K75,740cc which I suppose wasn't bad!

Are the roads all twists and turns?

 

Hi John.

Thank you. Strictly speaking, I know of one, under restoration, 650SS which is about half a mile further north than me! :D

I'm anticipating a slight improvement in the consumption as the engine beds in after relining the bores, new mains and new valves.

Without exaggerating, the roads here are a fabulous mix of long straights, some gentle and some tight bends. Traffic is a joke - i.e. none to speak of, and the lack of trees gives perfect sight lines across bends. Now, if only we had more sunny days! ;)

Kevin

 

Hello now looking at your rear wheel looks to me like an 18 with a 4.00 tyre  these were only fitted to export  Norton 650 Manxman  built from 7th of November 1960  well I should know as I own one     yours  Anna J

 

Hi Anna,

Wow, that's bright! :)

The rear tyre is a 4.10x19 as per the attached photo. It was first registered on 23 April 1965 (hence it is called George :D ) to a chap in London. It has been up and down the country, ending up here in the far north. As far as I know it has never been out of the UK.

Happy riding!

Kevin

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