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Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:28 pm
by The Mighty Gusset
Bollocks !
I was writing a long preamble about the dead 'Norton' and how it came to be in our conservatory, but it's not very interesting.
Briefly, It's not a Norton at all - It's a Chinese 'Skywing' but it's got Norton badges on it, and was bought by a bloke 'Over There' to do the John O'Groats - Lands End run in aid of Help For Heroes.
It died, and became an inmate of Hazel's Home For Distressed Mopeds.
Anyway, last weekend Hazel acquired a cheap defunct Honda Camino and this weekend we amalgamated the two.
And tonight she ran !
Hazel will doubtless be along with photo and film evidence in due course.
Compatibility issues with the wiring and various other bits means that the only Camino parts used so far are the barrel, head and pistony gubbins.
But it sounds and runs Ok.
All ready for next years Moped Challenge !

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:57 pm
by jimmy
Well done mate. I followed the story over there and saw the dying beast in person, so once again well done

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:08 pm
by The Mighty Gusset
It would have been done and complete yesterday, I had the back end and engine grafted onto the Skywing, but the wiring on the Camino engine wasn't compatible with the Chinese harness, and I couldn't find any sparks. In the end I stripped the Camino engine and just used the bits from that.
However, there's no footpegs and I can't use the Camino pedals because the Chinese kickstart mechanism is in the way.
The Skyway is quite clearly a copy of a Camino, but there are quite a few detail changes, so simply pinching bits off one to fix the other wasn't as straightforward as I'd hoped.

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:32 pm
by sfb

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:12 pm
by supersix
Not just Hooli that grows plants through bikes then! :lol:

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:29 pm
by Hooli
supersix wrote:Not just Hooli that grows plants through bikes then! :lol:

Environmentally friendly bikes are where it's at ;)

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:55 pm
by Welsh Wizard
http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/news/?p=1420" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
speaks for itself

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:36 pm
by The Mighty Gusset
Hmmmm, well I suppose the HFH 'Norton' counts as being 'hand made' and 'bespoke' !
If the Government wants to give me some money I'll gladly post it anywhere in the world.

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:15 pm
by The Mighty Gusset
Today I thought I'd make a start at transferring the pedals and associated gubbins from the Camino.
This very quickly ground to a halt as I can't figure out how to get the sprocket off the rear wheel !
I'm uncertain as to whether it's held on with a left hand thread or whether it's just ridiculously tight, or whether I'm missing something and it's removed in a completely different way.
Anyone got any ideas ?

Incidentally, the freewheel mechanism appears to be of German manufacture - What's that all about ?

Re: Help For Heroes 'Norton' Lives Again !

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:43 pm
by Codger
when it comes to puch maxi free wheel bits I go to the local push bike shop , they can remove (have tools) and usually find a good second hand one ,,

ps , the guy that invented the free wheel whatnot , made his millions from it , then opened up royal enfield