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New 961 SF on Ebay

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by DBono, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. DBono

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  2. huskyfrk

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    it is the price of any bike not preordered . gonna guess a speculator...
     
  3. mrsimon

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    Check that it's not a scam.
     
  4. G81 Can Cycle

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    I won the bid on EBay for this Norton. Have done my due diligence. Item was just delivered to owner in KY by dealer in Indiana. The gentleman is a professional engineer and his dad owns a Japanese Motorcycle dealership in Ashland. The gentleman is selling the SF because he wants a silver bike.

    The SF is exactly what I wanted. I might have paid a couple extra dollars versus waiting for an ordered unit, but WTF, I really wanted it. And, it will look great next to my Candy Apple Red Colorado Norton Works build
     
  5. auldblue

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    G81
    Best of fun with new 961. Quick question ,how much are the bikes from the dealers in the U.S. ?
    The price you paid does not seem at all excesive.

    J
     
  6. huskyfrk

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    it’s about 3,500 high. but if one want to pay that, so b it...
     
  7. G81 Can Cycle

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    I did pay about 10% above the "out the door" price that the seller paid. The SF is the model I wanted to order, and the Ebay unit was the color I wanted, with the two up seat option. In other words it was the bike I was going to order.

    I own a machine shop, and business has been very good, so I treated myself. Really looking forward to posting my experiences with the bike
     
  8. GoingCommando

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    Mine is just like yours other than the color, and I can confirm I paid about 10% less but I had to wait six months and I probably would have paid the same as you in order to skip the waiting period and have it earlier. I also heard that they just raised their prices a bit.

    There are more new Commandos in North America now than the Ebay ad claims, but probably still under 40 as far as I know.

    You're going to love it! Congrats!
     
  9. G81 Can Cycle

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    When posting the fact that I purchased the Ebay 961 I expected some "less than positive" remarks. Thank you ( Going Commando) for being positive. I do not post a great deal, but I am interested in becoming a more frequent contributor to this sub-forum.

    I would like to get to know the other 961 owners (that has already started in my reading of the topics in this section) I have a better understanding of what to expect as I begin the break-in process.

    I would like to get some feedback on who is (as far as dealers) the best at customer service. As I mentioned earlier, I am 900 miles from the nearest dealer. So if I need to ship the bike somewhere for service, I would like to use a dealer that has a reputation for good service.
     
  10. GoingCommando

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    I'd recommend finding a good Triumph or Moto Guzzi dealer in your area (or other that may be familiar with similar bikes). Show them the bike and ask if they are comfortable servicing it. I'm 3 hours away from my Norton dealer but only 20 minutes from a great Triumph dealer and two of the guys there know Kenny Dreer well (who I just heard is in Florida now) and they are very familiar with the Commandos Kenny was making. They said they can definitely do the maintenance but they just need to know some details from Norton to make sure they use the correct oil, filters, etc. I plan to have them do basic maintenance and tune-ups and only go to the Norton dealer for major things as needed.

    Did your seller include the original Norton crate it came in? They are great crates, with the Norton logo and such, and probably nice to have if you'll be shipping the bike now and then.
     
  11. Dozer

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    G81, you snagged a deal there. Here in UK we have to wait 6 months minimum. Every now and then a stock bike comes up, usually from a cancelled order. If I had the chance at a 961 in February, in stock somewhere, Id have bought it straightaway and had the summer on it. You did good. Krazy Horse had 2 stock bikes here in UK, both went straight away.

    Running in: Im not sure if you've actually got yours yet but the bike has a sticker on the tank showing revs in relation to mileage.

    At first, when u start it, it sounds like its broken, its very loud and clackety and youll think 'what have I done?' plus the exhausts let absolutely no noise out at all, making the engine noises worse. It almost certainly wont tickover for the first couple of minutes when starting from cold, youll have to hold the throttle at about 2000 reves to keep it running until it warms up. Before starting it, pump the throttle twice with the ignition on, it starts better, for me anyway. Once its ticking over it sounds horrible, as its getting hardly any fuel, this is the way they are set up from new to get through emissions regs and is normal, if somewhat worrying the first time you hear it.

    3500 revs for the first 350 miles, then 4500 til 600, then 6000 til 800 miles then it can be opened up. 3500 revs is horrible. as that is 60mph and people laugh at you. Wear a black visor so nobody recognises you.... At 500 miles take it to your dealer, who has to be a Norton dealer initially by the way, have the first service and have a set of derestricted pipes put on, plus the fuelling is remapped to allow a lot more fuel in. This transforms the bike. It now sounds great and more importantly runs properly. Note: There are 2 types of exhaust, 1. shorties, which are very loud but look kinda ugly, release about another 5 horse power and only need the stage 1 remap. 2. Peashooters, which look like the originals but have no internals. These release 3 Horsepower and aren't as loud but sound a lot more like the classic commando exhaust. Peashooters need a stage 2 remap, which is hot off the Norton dyno in the last 2 weeks. Ive got peashooters on my 961 and I need to go in for the stage 2 remap, as the fuelling is different.

    After that, go out and ride it hard, they love being worked. The more you ride it the better it is, mine has 1000 miles on it and is superb. Prepare to be stopped in the street by complete strangers and to be photographed constantly. Ive got 3 other bikes and haven't sat on any of them since I got the Norton. They are simple tough bikes so any dealer with a good mechanic should be able to look after it, id check with Norton first re the warranty, just in case. The oil filter is a Triumph item anyway.

    Enjoy the bike :D :D :D :D
     
  12. BPHORSEGUY

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    You may want to turn your idle up to 1200/1250 RPM for the first 500 miles to help with not stalling in traffic. It takes about 10 seconds and requires a 1.5 MM Allen wrench.
     
  13. Britfan60

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    That bike, red biposto, was my original order. Took the black mono sport because I couldn't wait. Too bad I missed the auction.
     
  14. huskyfrk

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    Dozer is a funny guy. " we have a 6month wait for a 961” . it’s going to b over 5 years for some of us here in the states since the day we put deposits down. You should consider yourself lucky it’s only 6 months......
     
  15. Dozer

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    I do, definitely, although you could have walked into Krazy Horse 2 weeks ago and bought either a silver SF or a black Café Racer off the shelf and taken them away....
     
  16. G81 Can Cycle

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    Tomorrow is the day. I will be picking up the Red 961 from EBay. Pick up is at a motorcycle dealership in Kentucky. Guy who is selling could not be nicer. He waved the deposit (which I always feel uncomfortable with on EBay auctions, just too many scam artists out there)

    Certified check has been cut, should have my first ride shortly after absorbing the owners manual on Saturday morning

    Thanks to all for the suggestions and tips for the break-in

    Side note: The seller sent me pics of a 67 Triumph TR6C they have on the dealer floor (and it is a beauty). They are selling it for the widow of a friend. I have a 67 Bonnie and a 67 TR6, if I bought the C model I would have all the 650cc models made in 1967. Have to think about that, there is enough room in the trailer to bring two bikes back. But, the garage (shed) is getting quite full :)
     
  17. Dozer

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    Extend the garage....
     
  18. Britfan60

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    G81,

    Well, first, congrats on the red biposto. That bike is devilishly dyn o mite. Just curious. About a month or 2 ago, there was a candy red Colorado Norton Works roadster for sale on ebay. I really had to fight myself to not bid. It sold for a shade under 20K. Did you win it? (since you mentioned you had one)
     
  19. G81 Can Cycle

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    Britfan

    The EBay CNW was not mine. I do have a Candy Apple Red CNW, it is build 99 which is on display on CNW's web page gallery. Matt at CNW is constantly upgrading his builds, and he added more features on build 99 (billet primary, billet triple trees that incorporate the hydraulic line for the front Brembo, just to mention a couple of upgrades) I also added the Kehien carbs, a Full Auto Head, and Matt had Corbin build a second seat for the bike which allows for two up riding.

    I believe everyone knows the quality of CNW builds, I can say that I am extremely happy with my CNW build. I liked the Comnoz head steady and hydraulic clutch so much that I purchased the upgrade kits and installed them on my 74 Interstate, along with a Brembo front brake upgrade kit. It has become a favorite for rides, and always gets a space in the Toy Hauler (trailer or caravan) when I go up into the mountains for "twisty" rides.

    I have been a rider who kept with stock units (I even have a Mark 3 with points still in the ignition system, and Amals) But after riding the CNW for a year, I am getting spoiled on some of the improvements Matt has to offer.
     
  20. Britfan60

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    I've noticed that the later builds progressed a lot in finer materials and awesome design changes without losing the character of the machine. I'm pretty sure the one sold was one of the bikes numbered in the 50s. Enjoy them both. I'm going to look your bike up and drool now. Edit....just had a look. WOW!! I think I'm kicking myself for not bidding. I do believe this was the bike and 20K..to me.. is a pretty fair deal.
    http://coloradonortonworks.com/about-us ... gallery=53
     

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