Main Motorcycle: 71 Norton Commando Cafe
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mission Beach Nth Qld Australia
Other Motorcycle: 72 Commando Roadster
Extra Motorcycle: Honda RVF 400
They were never sold here new, but there are plenty of Jap imports about. Most have been raced, & crashed, in Japan, & therefore have aftermarket fairings. Average mileage is around 15K klms. I got the importer to hunt me down a low mileage undamaged example, which is why it took 6 months.
The bike presents like new. So I think the previous owner must have kept up a reasonable maintenance schedule, as there are no perished rubbers or gaskets, & everything works perfectly, though the brakes are a tad spongy (soon to be fixed with s/s braided lines). It's a tiny, tiny bike. The first I've ever felt scrunched up on, & also the first I can swing a leg over & sit both feet flat on the ground (made for me). My only gripe is the seat's too wide & too shiny, & it's easy to slam the family jewels into the tank. So it's lucky my breeding years are behind me. I'll probably get some grippier foam for it, so I don't start talking in a higher register. The motor's a willing little unit, though it doesn't have much below 5K RPM. It redlines at 14.5K, so there's plenty left in the toybox to play with. I try to keep it above 9K, & it just tears up the corners. I'm not sure if I'm any quicker on it through the twisties than I am on the Street. But I'm still learning what I can do with it, & haven't come anywhere close to it's limits. So I expect to get quicker. I can't wait for the Bridgestone tyres to wear out either, & I'll put some comparable rubber to the Triumph's on it, & then I'll see which one's quicker.
"They told me I was goin to have to work for my living, & all I wanna do is ride. I don't care where we're goin from here. So Honey you decide" Jackson Browne (the Road & The Sky)
Last edited by Old Scratcher; 12-10-2012 at 04:34 PM.