JPN ‘delivery miles only’

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It’ll be interesting to see.

I also wonder where it’ll end up.

I’m normally a ‘use them as they were intended’ kinda guy, but IMHO something like this belongs in a museum.
 

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That's the problem
It's value is in its uniqueness, once you ride it it becomes just another jps
Personally I could not possibly own it without riding it
So best it went to a museum
Same here.
Plus I'd no doubt break it... and modify it... and generally cause its uniqueness to be destroyed and its value to plummet !!
 
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After so long indoors it deserves to feel fresh air, inside and out!!
They'll all be landfill in thirty years time....
 
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TBH if I go to the Science Museum and see a Woolly Mammoth, do I care it's not 100% 'original?'.
This bike is unique, yes, but only in a grotesque, '40 year old virgin' kind of way. IMHO..
To put it another way: It's a bike nobody wanted to ride.... How sad is that?
 

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TBH if I go to the Science Museum and see a Woolly Mammoth, do I care it's not 100% 'original?'.
This bike is unique, yes, but only in a grotesque, '40 year old virgin' kind of way. IMHO..
To put it another way: It's a bike nobody wanted to ride.... How sad is that?
I'd be more concerned with how that mammoth got in the science museum from the natural history tbh :D
 

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Can‘t be many left like this.

What’ll it go for dya reckon ?

Pretty flowery listing verbiage stating that Norton was "chief" among the best-selling British bikes of the time. Triumph sold many times more than Norton...

Also, the 850 was NOT launched in '68...

...and what is the likelihood that the bike was ridden from the factory to the dispatch point?
 
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To put it another way: It's a bike nobody wanted to ride.... How sad is that?
"nobody" is a LOT of people...

Just on forums that I have personally been on, I've seen AT LEAST a handful / half dozen REGULAR riders of mostly original JPNs, then there are a few regular riders of mildly modified JPNs. That's only me, and only on groups/forums I've seen from the US, imagine how many others there are.

"nobody" wants to ride? I disagree to a degree...

...furthermore, I agree to disagree!
 

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Pretty flowery listing verbiage stating that Norton was "chief" among the best-selling British bikes of the time. Triumph sold many times more than Norton...

Also, the 850 was NOT launched in '68...

...and what is the likelihood that the bike was ridden from the factory to the dispatch point?
Apparently, when you sell via auction on that site (rather than as a classified advert) they write the advert, not you as the seller. Hence the flowery nature and possibility of errors.
 

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Apparently, when you sell via auction on that site (rather than as a classified advert) they write the advert, not you as the seller. Hence the flowery nature and possibility of errors.
So they don't even send the seller the "proposed" ad copy so that inaccuracies can be corrected?

That is NOT beneficial to innocent sellers who can then be bad-mouthed, berated, or raked over the coals on open forums...
 

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So they don't even send the seller the "proposed" ad copy so that inaccuracies can be corrected?

That is NOT beneficial to innocent sellers who can then be bad-mouthed, berated, or raked over the coals on open forums...
Dunno, I’ve never sold this way.
 

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It is pretty funny that most of their "facts" are wrong! Still, it would be nice to own - might have bought it if it were auctioned off in the US.
 
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"nobody" is a LOT of people...

Just on forums that I have personally been on, I've seen AT LEAST a handful / half dozen REGULAR riders of mostly original JPNs, then there are a few regular riders of mildly modified JPNs. That's only me, and only on groups/forums I've seen from the US, imagine how many others there are.

"nobody" wants to ride? I disagree to a degree...

...furthermore, I agree to disagree!
No, you missed my inference and misquoted me.....
I was referring to this specific bike, not the JPN in general..... (hence 'wanted'... not 'wants')
 
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...and what is the likelihood that the bike was ridden from the factory to the dispatch point?
Very unlikely, Norton used a Motorcycle delivery company specialist within the UK with a large flatbed. the fully assembled bikes were rolled on and off the back via a ramp and rolled into the dealer. For export the bike was partially dismantled and then boxed as per the recent bikes for sale in Belgium, the dealer then assembled. The large flatbed lorry is pictured in one of Roy Bacon's books. The 18 miles would be from a Factory roadtest and then from being rolled around to the lorry and then off the lorry for the UK but also could be just the roadtest for a US bound bike.
 
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