Another chancer. Half that would be about top mark in my opinion.
Who pays that kind of money?
These firms are just speculators, seeing how gullible the market is,,, n' some people out there are pretty stupid!
Hello - Well to me, my Nortons are irreplaceable So they're priceless and are masterpieces of engineering Just like a rennaissance oil painting of antiquity but simple and to the point. A good Norton motorcycle is a 'one-off' with a long racing history. So they're not for re-sale Yours Anna J Dixon
Well, remember the old adage, the bike is 'worth' what someone will pay for it.
Check the prices for any Vincent these days (or Brough), and you'll see what I mean. They're fascinating but problematic bikes, but that's the market.
I remember about 20 years ago, chatting about Vincents, and my colleague remembered a time when those bikes were effectively worthless. People removed the engine, scrapped the rest, sawed off the gearbox, and made a NorVin. Horrifying to think about now, but that was the 60's/70's.
You're right Ian. I haven't seen a post-war tele-forked OHV exceed £8000.
The trouble is that these dealers are using the technique developed by Atlantic Motorcycles on the back page of 'Classic Bike' back in the eighties...Ask silly money, don't worry if it sells and keep advertising it...Eventually, people who don't know the market will begin to assume that it's the going rate.
Personally, I've never paid more than a grand for a Norton. It's been quite a while since I bought one though :-)
I paid £30 for my Dominator. Must be worth twice that now. If you are sitting down, my wife was offered a fully restored Vincent Rapide 2 years ago for free and turned it down. Didn't want that particular bike under any circumstances.
If it’s as nice as it looks it could be worth it soon, when printing paper money turns money into not much different from shells or beads - I remember in the mid to late 50s seeing vincent comets unsold at £60, and was offered a WD 16H for nothing, but didn’t want either. but then it could all go the other way and old bikes become like tulip bulbs. It’s an odd world at the moment so do whatever to enjoy every moment.
The bike was a Jonah?
I heard a tale an urban myth about a Z1 that kept killing it's would be long-term Owner's but was left every time with out a scratch on it! Eventually it was boxed and buried in the coastal plain of East Anglia 40 or so years ago, just like the Sutton Hoo ship!
Zen and the Art....
Many Japanese are very aware of "Bad" energies, when I have to fit a second-hand part, to my machines I always do a little ceremony to make it cleansed, so no bad vibes will enter the machine's persona, a bit like when they put pig's heart into a Human, trouble will ensue!
In the old days in Ireland the local priest could be called on to "Bless" your motorcycle, the Arabs do ceremonies to stop the Djinn's taking control of their cars/bikes e.t.c.
Westerners just crash and hurt themselves and sometimes die, 'cos they have little knowledge or belief!
I think we have "other " sense's that are not recognised by most, and having had a few experiences of ghosts I try to keep an open mind.
That Vincent had killed a pedestrian but that wasn't the reason - it had been her Dad's.
Surely it was the rider of the Vincent, or a not too careful pedestrian, many people say gun's kill but in reality it is the "Shooter" of the gun. not the gun, so to speak!
It isn’t the shooter or the gun that kills its the bullet, unless you hit them over the head with the butt that is.
Just like motorcyclist shooters get a lot of bad publicity whereas it is the second biggest participant sport in the country after fishing.
I this starts a long diverse thread it is your fault John.
Not me, surely! But, how did the bullet get into the gun?
Returning to the thread the good old days!
I had a picture of a "99" Domiracer/Cafe type Special for sale in 2005 for £2,650.ONO! Nicely done too!
Found it courtesy, of Mick Walker's "Dominator",book published 2006
Having said that in January 2007 paid less than £600 for a BMW K75S, 1991 vintage.
You have to admit that "Goldie", silencers look the business!