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A Tale of two Cities

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by TonyA, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. TonyA

    TonyA

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    As you can guess this thread is a compare and contrast of my two motorcycles .
    Both Air/Oil cooled , OHV Hydraulic roller Lifters , 2 Valves per cylinder , Dry Sump Oil System capacity : Norton 2.3 L , HD 3 US Quarts with larger oil filter.
    Transmission and Primary share same Oil : Norton 1.2 L , HD 1 Quart
    Similar Power delivery and levels : Norton 69 RWHP measured , HD 79 RWHP Cycle World Magazine. (HD has more low end torque)
    RPM at 70 MPH (Top 5th gear) : Norton 4200 rpm , HD 3500 rpm (Japan Gearing).
    Speedometer Error at 70 mph : Norton 66.5 mph actual , HD 70 mph actual .
    Rev Limiter cut in : Norton 7800 RPM , HD 6850 RPM .
    Wet weight : Norton 515 lbs , HD 579 lbs
    Both bikes transmit some vibration to the rider , The HD has slightly less felt at 70 MPH , but more than Norton at lower revs and especially Idle .
    Fuel Economy same loop 70 miles same indicated speeds and driving style throughout : Norton 51.7 MPG , HD 50.2 MPG
    Comfort seating and bars : Currently HD has the edge with a larger seat and higher bars.
    BUT ! I like them both and can ride them both for a long distance (tested) .
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
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  2. BLIGHTYBRIT/SF

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    The Agony of choice !
     
  3. Britfan60

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    If I were solo....Norton. If I were the pillion, Harley.
     
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  4. BLIGHTYBRIT/SF

    BLIGHTYBRIT/SF VIP MEMBER

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    Nothing wrong with the 961 pillion !
     
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  5. TonyA

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    My 961 No Pillion :(
     
  6. Britfan60

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    When is the last time YOU sat back there, Richard? Huh? HUH??? Besides, my arse has grown a bit.:rolleyes:
     
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