- Aug 10, 2016
Like I said, you’re on the wrong forum. All you are doing is pitching a dislike for the 961. You literally gave your opinion as to how bad you think it is.Im not sure what you are talking about ? The Thruxton has many high quality parts and certainly has modern suspension & brakes. Onlins suspension, nicely finished alloy, good brakes, nicely shaped engine & cooling fins (as did the early Nortons) + it even has high quality mirrors compared to the cheapies on the 961. I dont recall saying I wanted a modern vintage bike ? I was just expecting to ride something that was very special because of the $38000 price tag on the Norton. Maybe 25 minutes is not enough time to get a good indication of a bike in its entirity, but in reality, that is all you get when buying any motorcycle, and manufacturers must understand that when they build them & expect to sell them. I only used the V7 Racer as an example (i rode it years ago) and didn't buy it at the time because it is a 50hp bike, but it certainly made me feel great with the short test ride I had, as did the Thruxton but not with as much character. I dont think the current V7s are as nice as the originals. I also didn't try and tell anyone about the quality of the V7 but it is certainly not a cheaply finished motorcycle, imo.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you come on this forum, ask about a bike that you claim you know nothing about, go on a 25 minute ride and report back and say how bad and how boring and low quality it is.
The 961 may not be refined when it comes to the engines mechanicals, but it’s workmanship in the details is far above the Thruxton and certainly the Guzi.
The paint work, the welds, the frame work, the castings and billet aluminum bits and pieces, the stainless hardware throughout, the aluminum anodized spoked wheels, the carbon fiber, all of this is light years ahead of the other bikes you mentioned.
The 961 is a clean and neatly detailed motorcycle, it doesn’t have sloppy welded robotic welds and weld splatter.
The gray boring billet aluminum you speak of is vapor blasted billet aluminum with a clear anodized finish. That is the base finish. Matte anodized black or polished aluminum is optional.
The engine is available in natural sand cast aluminum or black hard coated finish with machines highlights.
You are one of the first to say you wanted to experience a bike with vibrations, you literally said the 961 doesn’t vibrate enough.
You said the guzi v7 50 hp was fun and plenty. The norton 961 has 80hp. How is 30 more hp not even more fun?
I think you make your opinion and that’s splendid, but I also think you’re just here to stink up the air like you are sour about something towards the Norton brand or perhaps Stuart himself.