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(Daily Mail)   For sale: 43 year old British Norton Commando motorbike that has never broken down, leaked oil or refused to start   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2020-09-19 6:27:05 PM  
Nice one, Subby!
 
2020-09-19 7:19:53 PM  
Cool bike, but you're paying a lot for the low mileage. Condition may be a problem.
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2020-09-19 7:27:54 PM  
Anything plastic or rubber or cork on that bike, including every inch of wiring will likely need replacement. I don't know nortons, but wiring harness replacement usually sucks. I bet someone is making like for like replacements though so at least they will have that going for it.
 
2020-09-19 7:30:14 PM  
Still that is pretty cool
 
2020-09-19 8:32:15 PM  
Yeah like you'd take it out of the box
 
2020-09-19 10:10:27 PM  
Turn it into a Triton...
 
2020-09-19 10:14:02 PM  

IgG4: Anything plastic or rubber or cork on that bike, including every inch of wiring will likely need replacement. I don't know nortons, but wiring harness replacement usually sucks. I bet someone is making like for like replacements though so at least they will have that going for it.


..as long as there are no Lucas electrics

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2020-09-19 10:26:05 PM  

IgG4: Anything plastic or rubber or cork on that bike, including every inch of wiring will likely need replacement. I don't know nortons, but wiring harness replacement usually sucks. I bet someone is making like for like replacements though so at least they will have that going for it.


There are a fair few cars built in the seventies that are still happily running around on their original wiring. There are around 150 Austin Allegros still driving around, and three hundred Morris Marinas, and I doubt any of them have had their wiring harnesses replaced.
 
2020-09-19 10:26:54 PM  
The American Norton likely WENT commando ...

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/ Hey Ralphy-boy!
 
2020-09-19 10:39:34 PM  
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80 year old wiring in a 1940 Bally Limelight Pinball machine
 
2020-09-19 10:58:08 PM  

fat boy: [Fark user image 850x637][Fark user image 850x1133]80 year old wiring in a 1940 Bally Limelight Pinball machine


Take it to The Repair Shop. Jay and his colleagues will sort it out.

A Magical Moment is 'Locked Up' Inside This Broken Jukebox | The Repair Shop
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2020-09-19 11:00:08 PM  
Shiat, that's like the one computer that ran WinME without crashing once.
 
2020-09-19 11:13:44 PM  
Unlikely tag broke down on the way to the post?
 
2020-09-19 11:16:29 PM  
The bike is estimated to sell for £20,000 to £30,000 and remained in a shipping state since it was made, with the front wheel removed and the exhaust silencer also packed separately into the wooden box.


How fancy!
 
2020-09-19 11:18:07 PM  
Sounds about as rare as the Smithsonian's intact Evel Knievel motorcycle (used to be on display in the "carish" exhibit.  Didn't quite fit "America on the Move", but must be in storage somewhere).
 
2020-09-19 11:27:39 PM  

Mega Steve: The bike is estimated to sell for £20,000 to £30,000 and remained in a shipping state since it was made, with the front wheel removed and the exhaust silencer also packed separately into the wooden box.


How fancy!


Exhaust systems have quite a few bits.

My bro did a bit on his gixxer 750's zorst that was supposed to be an extra silencer, but he forgot to put any kind of retaining bolt on it, so when he revved it, it ejected his extra silencer right in my direction, as I was riding behind him.

Still, we laugh about it to this day.
 
2020-09-19 11:34:12 PM  
Wow they still made those in '77?  Why?  There were so many vastly superior Japanese bikes available by
then.
 
2020-09-19 11:48:35 PM  
As a dealer in old sealed items, I appreciate the rarity.
 
2020-09-19 11:56:11 PM  
I remember that!  Norton Comando was the greatest file utility for DOS ever!
 
2020-09-20 12:02:53 AM  

fat boy: [Fark user image 850x637][Fark user image 850x1133]80 year old wiring in a 1940 Bally Limelight Pinball machine


Am I the only one that finds cable lacing sexy as fark?
 
2020-09-20 12:15:32 AM  

Moriel: I remember that!  Norton Comando was the greatest file utility for DOS ever!


Commander. Norton Commando got pissed off when you tried get it to delete a file and when on a rampage that let the magic smoke out of your computer.
 
2020-09-20 12:17:50 AM  

iron de havilland: Mega Steve: The bike is estimated to sell for £20,000 to £30,000 and remained in a shipping state since it was made, with the front wheel removed and the exhaust silencer also packed separately into the wooden box.


How fancy!

Exhaust systems have quite a few bits.

My bro did a bit on his gixxer 750's zorst that was supposed to be an extra silencer, but he forgot to put any kind of retaining bolt on it, so when he revved it, it ejected his extra silencer right in my direction, as I was riding behind him.

Still, we laugh about it to this day.


here's part of a 4-2-1 that cost me more blood than it was worth. yes I used grade-8 fasteners and yes I used loctite and yes it still mostly ended up hanging by a thread.


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/exhaust note sounded good tho'
//while it lasted
 
2020-09-20 12:36:10 AM  
I'm not a motorcycle dealer in any way but it's been a passion of mine since I was 8 years old. That bike is going to be sold for much, much more than that. Very cool, subby.
 
2020-09-20 1:25:12 AM  
Wow, but reading the headline I kind of figured it was still crated.
 
2020-09-20 3:50:43 AM  
 
2020-09-20 7:17:10 AM  

Rereading TekWar: Wow they still made those in '77?  Why?  There were so many vastly superior Japanese bikes available by
then.


Union rules.
 
2020-09-20 7:40:07 AM  

slantsix: I'm not a motorcycle dealer in any way but it's been a passion of mine since I was 8 years old. That bike is going to be sold for much, much more than that. Very cool, subby.


And it will never get out of the crate so as to preserve its value.
 
2020-09-20 8:59:07 AM  
Motorcycles never actually refuse to start.
They just won't, a lot of the time.
 
2020-09-20 9:19:06 AM  
Beno Rodi probably has 3 in crates.

/not really
 
2020-09-20 10:01:54 AM  

Rereading TekWar: Wow they still made those in '77?  Why?  There were so many vastly superior Japanese bikes available by
then.


Probably had import tariffs to ensure people had jobs instead of outsourcing everything to overseas labor.
 
2020-09-20 10:08:55 AM  
When I was just out of high school, that was the bike I wanted SO bad. Two of my friends had British bikes, a standard Commando (he still does, to the best of my knowledge) and a Triumph Trident.
 
2020-09-20 12:28:03 PM  

mrmopar5287: Probably had import tariffs to ensure people had jobs instead of outsourcing everything to overseas labor.


Probably had import tariffs to ensure bosses made bank, while continuing to underpay, and layoff workers.  FTFY.

There was a lot more to Japanese manufacturing, than just less costly labour.  The Japanese had the good sense to follow the teachings of Joe Juran, and Ed Demming.  JIT, TQC, and that sort of thing.
 
2020-09-20 2:17:58 PM  

commodork: fat boy: [Fark user image 850x637][Fark user image 850x1133]80 year old wiring in a 1940 Bally Limelight Pinball machine

Am I the only one that finds cable lacing sexy as fark?

They sure as hell don't look that nice now days 

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2020-09-20 2:29:42 PM  

commodork: fat boy: [Fark user image 850x637][Fark user image 850x1133]80 year old wiring in a 1940 Bally Limelight Pinball machine

Am I the only one that finds cable lacing sexy as fark?


My first visit to a telco Colo facility was quite an experience. So many perfectly laced bundles everywhere.

I never laced up anything but that made me up my cable management game.
 
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