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Norton 961 at Bonneville

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by snakehips, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Rich_j

    Rich_j

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    Thanks for the link.
    Just been reading and PPP and PPG both appear valid classes - Production Pushrod and Pushrod Gasoline. PG seems to allow for tuned engines against the standard PP.
    The first P is for a production frame, the wording says "the public must be able to purchase 500 frames through retail dealers", not sure what would happen if you rolled up and try to buy 500 961 frames :?
     
  2. 79x100

    79x100

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    Well, if 'buying' means 'paying for up front' then I don't think there'd be a problem. Delivery. That's something else entirely.
     
  3. swooshdave

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    There aren't any manufacturers that you can walk up to and order 500 frames. Try that at a Honda dealer and see how hard they laugh. That wording has more to do with the capacity to make 500 frames to keep the custom frames out of that class. There's a chance that Norton will end up making 500 961s, which was probably good enough.
     
  4. lcrken

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    Sort of. There are no PPG classes in SCTA events. The only pushrod production classes are P-PP and P-PPB (factory supercharged pushrod engines, like the Honda CX series). SCTA rules specifically limit Production frame classes to using Production engine classes. AMA (BUB meet) doesn't have the same words in it's rule book. They require Production class frames to have stock airboxes and exhaust systems, and the engine originally delivered with the bike when new, but they don't specifically prohibit other engine classes. The SCTA and AMA rules used to be the same, back in the '70s when AMA stopped sanctioning land speed events. From then to until 2004, when Dennis Manning started the BUB events at Bonneville, all US records on the salt were SCTA records. Dennis didn't get along well with SCTA, so when he started the BUB events, he convinced the AMA to again start sanctioning the events. The first year, the AMA rules read pretty much the same as the SCTA rules, but they have changed since. I've been assuming that the AMA also limited production classes to production engines rules, but that may not be true. I noticed that there are AMA records from the BUB meets in odd classes, like P-AG, and P-AF, so I suppose P-PG is a legitimate class.

    Sorry if I confused anyone (including me).

    Ken
     
  5. lcrken

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    FWIW, the production-production classes, including P-PP require stock cabs/injector bodies, stock airboxes, and stock exhaust systems, but allow pretty much any internal mods, like porting, big valves, cams, etc. It does require OEM cylinders, cases, and heads. That means Norton could have tuned their engine a bit, if they wanted to.

    Ken
     
  6. Gino Rondelli

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    Not that impressive really, a 2010 bike with fuel injection over a straight flat course? I'm sure a well sorted original Commando could whack that?

    Perhaps instead of playing around they should concentrate on getting bikes out to their long waiting customers who have laid a deposit down?

    Just back from a meeting in Belgium (thought I'd have seen you there 79x100) and still no euro homologated bikes available I believe?

    On the plus side I suppose they are uot there flying the flag and getting some good PR (which is what its all about , that and a lads holiday) They need to walk the walk before they talk the talk! :roll:
     
  7. grandpaul

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    While you might be inclined to THINK that, it's apparent from the record book that it simply isn't the case.

    People have been running "old" Nortons on the salt every year between the time the previous record was set, and this year...
     
  8. swooshdave

    swooshdave

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    I suggest you try then. Let's see how you do at that elevation and on the salt. Good luck. :roll:

    http://www.saltflats.com/traction.html

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    We were coming back from Vegas (a few years ago) and just happened to stop by Bonneville. And they just happened to be racing that day. So we stopped for a bit.
     
  9. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

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    I am here to testify of the unbelievable slipperiness of the salt.

    I was cruising through the pits (2008) at about 10 MPH when some idiot pulled right out into the lane from between two parked trucks without so much as a glance to either side.

    I started to THINK about gently touching the brakes and...

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    Never had a chance.

    Here's Sir Alan and I chatting after they borrowed my roller starter for the SBT Thruxton (photo by Phil "I shoot from the hip" Hawkenz)-

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    Hawk's re-creation of my record setting run-

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