New project for me

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New project for me

Unread post by triumph5ta » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:11 pm

A 1985 Harley XLH Sporster 1000cc, the last of the "Ironhead" motors.
Runs really well but appears to have been standing out side for a year, maybe two. A bit tatty. Cheap (for a Harley...)
Last MoT'd in 2011, needs a couple of small jobs to pass again, fork seals, rusted chain that kind of thing
The plan is to MoT it in the next few weeks and run it about to ensure all is well.
Then to use it as a donor for a "Norley" cafe racer.
But we all know what happens to best laid plans and all that...


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Re: New project for me

Unread post by Hooli » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:11 pm

Have some inspiration... http://www.pistonheads.com/GASSING/topi ... &mid=92845" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The thread starts as a Guzzi but quickly changes to what your building.
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Re: New project for me

Unread post by Zunspec » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:39 pm

Splendid project, what's your projected budget ?

Cheers Geoff

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by triumph5ta » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:16 pm

Thanks for the link, excellent stuff.
Budget? Well the Norley frame is £1550 so thats the major expense then there will be wheels, tank etc. I'd rather not think about it for now...
But I should be able to sell off some of the HD stuff to compensate a little.

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by Zunspec » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:11 pm

Hi 5TA,

I only ask (with a grin on my face) as building a bespoke bike from virtually scratch can be an interesting experience for the wallet :D . A tremendously rewarding adventure I hasten to add and there won't be many others at the local bike meeting. Where are you going to source the frame from? Will it be a newly built one (Dresda etc.) or genuine period Norton.

Have lots of fun.

Cheers Geoff

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by NeilD » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:35 pm

thats quite a nice looking thing as is... 8-) nice project... who was it that was producing NorLeys with Ace Cafe branding recently... Fenland Choppers?

edit: its Krazy Horse Motorcycles... I had the right part of the country ;)

http://www.krazyhorse.co.uk/motorcycles.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by triumph5ta » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:04 pm

From here:
http://www.the-norley.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Yes, it will make no financial sense at all but when did that ever matter? :lol:

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by Zunspec » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:55 pm

Making sense is entirely relative :D .

It looks like the best use you could put a Harley engine to IMHO. I hope you intend to keep us all informed of progress/problems/successes during the build, lots of photos please.

Cheers Geoff

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by Hunter » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:34 pm

These sort of projects are great if you have full workshop facility and skills. If you have to pay for the kind of work needed to create a special, you better start buying lottery tickets in quantity.
As an aside, I recently had to have some cams resurfaced, something that a few years ago cost about a tenth of the cost of re-manafacture. Four cam faces stellited, and a master made to profile them, £500. :cry:

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Re: New project for me

Unread post by scotduke » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:29 pm

Actually, I quite like that the way it is. It'd make a nice bobber. The HD Sportsters do look ok and they're not as heavy as the big ones. With straight bars and some of the chrome taken away - that'd be my project.

You still got that place at Herne Hill 5TA? Have to drop by some time.

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