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Unhappy Norton No More (again) - April 18, 2006, 12:54 PM

Damn shame. I would have loved to have a 961 but they were just too much of a grip...

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April 18, 2006, 01:04 PM

damn. I had heard they were going to cost somewhere in the hood of 20k
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April 18, 2006, 01:04 PM

latest Cycle World had a big article reviewing the 961 & detailing Dreers trials & tribulations - but they said the bike was very close to production, final details, torture tests & such - no where in the article is anything mentioned about a halt


now read what was reported on the kneeslider blog...


More Norton Motorcycles Speculation

April 17th, 2006

With Norton production on hold, the speculations and “what ifs” are coming out of the woodwork. There’s an article in the London Times Online saying there’s talk Triumph may buy the Norton name and bring it back to life. Triumph is certainly doing pretty well at the moment, could they pull it off? Hard to say, but this probably isn’t the only idea that will float to the surface in the coming days.

According to the May Cycle World article, another $10 million was still needed to get the Commando into first quarter 2007 production. With things on hold, that date may get pushed back a long way while they search for money to make it happen.

Would Kenny Dreer sell everything off and let someone else like Triumph take it from here? Only Dreer can answer that one. Like I said, the ideas are likely to start coming from everywhere now, some crazy, some sound. In the meantime, a lot of Norton fans will be watching with great interest.

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/ar...135974,00.html

http://www.ridingsun.com/posts/1145164184.shtml

http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/default.asp

Norton Motorcycles Suspend Operations

April 16th, 2006

Norton Motorcycles, the Oregon company trying to revive the Norton name with their new Norton Commando 961, has suspended operations. Paul Gaudio, Norton’s Director of Design and Development, when contacted by The Kneeslider, said:

We have decided to suspend operations while we continue to talk to investors.

We remain committed to making new Nortons, and will continue to explore all opportunities including partnership and sale of the company.

The bikes continue to be well accepted while the brand and market demand remains strong. It is now our singular focus to bring the required funding to the company, or to find new partnerships or ownership that can carry Norton to production and beyond.

The new company was founded by Kenny Dreer, a long time Norton enthusiast, restorer and manufacturer of the Norton Commando VR880, an old ’70s vintage Commando rebuilt with new technology. Trademark issues along with parts supply problems eventually brought about the end of the VR880 and started the development of the new Norton Commando.

The new Commando was just reviewed in the May 2006 Cycle World where it received a very positive writeup. Unfortunately it looks like the money ran out before the bike could be produced in volume. Perhaps an investor will come along to get things rolling again, perhaps not. Norton fans will have to wait a little longer for their next new Commando.
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April 18, 2006, 01:13 PM

yeah...I probably would've dropped that for one eventually...probably wheneva I relocated back to Cali. I'll still keep my eyes open but looks like I'm def sol now.

The only thing as disturbing as missing yet another chance to own one of the sexiest bikes ever imagined...will also be missing the sexiest of motorcycle advertising...










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Damn! I hope someone steps up!
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April 18, 2006, 02:30 PM

Why is that every useless italian gets saved by some bank or a bunch of investors yet a legend like Norton is left hanging in the wind. If John Bloor from Triumph is smart he'll snatch up Norton and continue to cash in on the retro trend.

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Can ya'll imagine the rebirth of the TRITON? Good Gawd!



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Can ya'll imagine the rebirth of the TRITON? Good Gawd!
Of course Tritons were home made hot rods and never really "produced", but if Triumph bought the Norton name, why not?

Re the sexy Norton Girl ads: "Rideability" LOL




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April 18, 2006, 05:21 PM

We should get together and write Triumph Management a e-mail. I can see the subject line already "Want to make a $100,000,000 instantly" We could outline how to save norton for fun and profit. I seriously am thinking about shooting one over to GM management also entitled "How to save your company you numbnuts"
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