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Pretty sweet Norton that is all set to go from a good home and a great shop. I am one of the owners of the Classic Bike Experience in Essex, VT. We are, in all modesty, one of the premiere Norton shops in the country and have been featured in many trade rags as well as Cafe Racer TV of then Discovery Channel (now Velocity I think) building and restoring Nortons.
This bike came to me from a fellow on Martha's Vineyard who was frustrated with the 45 MPH speed limit and had difficulty selling a bike like this from an island location. While I often do consignment sales, this one I bought thinking it would be a good daily rider.....that is, until I bought my wife a convertible for her 50th and need to flip it. Don't feel too sad, I have plenty of bikes and you could end up with this one!
Here is what I know.
10,000 miles. Two owner bike from California by way of Maine. There is a CA title. Please see pic with info. We don't need titles in Vermont, so you'll need to research what your DMV needs for documentation.
It is a 74 Roadster 850 in more or less stock trim, but with a very nice set of sought after upgrades that make it more user friendly in the 21st century. A few notables:
* Engine is solid, starts easily, plenty of compression and power, no smoke etc. No evidence the engine has been apart.
* New chrome rims and SS spokes with quite new Avons. Same tires we use on our Nortons for track days.
* Upgraded front brake with drilled disc, stainless line and I'm guessing a resleeved 13mm master cylinder, but not entirely sure on that one.
* Single Mikuni carb which is the preferred upgrade for normal street use on these bikes.
* Production racer style head steady; this is a very nice add for overall handling and tightness.
* Stainless steel rocker lines
* Tri Spark ignition; probably the best one out there for these bikes.
* Solid state rectified/regulator
* Anti sump valve
* 750 headers (no crossover)
All of the above items are the ones I put on my personal Norton; some are even better.
You can never be truly sure about the history of a 40 year old bike, but this one looks well cared for and the mileage feels right for the overall condition of the machine. The fellow I got it from put quite a bit of money in to it and had a reputable shop in Mass working on it for him. I have been in touch with that shop to compare notes and get a few details.
Paint and finishes are clean and in very good condition with minor scratches and dings close up. Otherwise, the pictures pretty much tell the story.
Everything works but I'm pecking away at a few items that need some TLC.
A few disclaimers. Much as I sit by the mailbox hoping for those X-ray glasses I sent aware for in Popular Mechanics in the 60's, I can't see inside this motor, gearbox, etc. That is code for there is no warranty stated or implied. I will share with you the delivery checklist I use to go over machines and I have tended to all the stuff I think needed to be sorted. Secondly, this is not a Honda and not a crotch rocket. It is NOT a good first bike for anyone. It is an iconic period machine that will top 100 MPH if you want, but mostly enjoys loping around between 40 and 70 on secondary roads and will pull you and a passenger happily along for an afternoon or evening.
This is a private sale and not officially through the shop.
One last thought for you guys with replacement hips or knees - CBE is the US distributor for Alton starter conversions for Nortons. Should you want this bike AND buy a starter, I'll install the starter free of charge. Kick starting is great in front of the ladies and the Harley guys, but pushing a button is definitely the way to go otherwise................
So, there you go. Please call the shop or email with questions. You can reach us at 802-878-5383 most days 9 to 1 Eastern, M-S.
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