Norton 961 owners in Washington, DC area

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I've been salivating over the new Norton's for a couple of years, but haven't been able to see one in person (the nearest dealership is in Long Island, NY) Does anyone out there have one of the new Norton Sports, live in the Washington DC Metro Area (Northern Virginia preferred), and wouldn't mind me coming by to see it in person, and maybe, just maybe, sit on it? I hate to put a deposit down, wait for x number of months, only to be disappointed when I get it. I am a multiple Triumph owner, having at one time or another a 2007 Thruxton, 2006 Scrambler, 2001 Tiger, and 2006 T100 so really appreciate the British twins.
 
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I live in New Jersey, but I visit my daughter at Catholic University. Unfortunately, I won't be riding there until Spring. If you can wait, I'll see you in the Spring.
 

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I do not know if it is still there, but, there was a brand new black Sport on the showroom floor at Gold Coast (NY dealer) a week ago

No deposit, no wait. Just take the train up. look as much as you want, sit on it. If you like it, take it home.

Just saying
 
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I believe you are referring to the Black Sport I just purchased. P.S. I road it home from Long Island to New Jersey in cold torrential rain, and no rain gear. As an aside, Gold Coast is one of the best dealers I ever experienced. I left there feeling like I made new friends. Even the service department came out to introduce themselves to me.
 

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AcrossThePond said:
I believe you are referring to the Black Sport I just purchased. P.S. I road it home from Long Island to New Jersey in cold torrential rain, and no rain gear. As an aside, Gold Coast is one of the best dealers I ever experienced. I left there feeling like I made new friends. Even the service department came out to introduce themselves to me.
Congrats.
I rode my 961 home from Gold Coast in the snow and 20 degree temps back in Dec 2013. Then spent 4 months waiting for the ice, snow, and freezing weather to break before finally getting a chance to ride the bike again. I hope the weather is kinder to you this year.
 

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AcrossThePond said:
I believe you are referring to the Black Sport I just purchased. P.S. I road it home from Long Island to New Jersey in cold torrential rain, and no rain gear. As an aside, Gold Coast is one of the best dealers I ever experienced. I left there feeling like I made new friends. Even the service department came out to introduce themselves to me.
Congratulations Let us know how its going with the bike (although it may be a couple of months before you see some good riding weather) Several 961 owners are planning on going to the Norton rally in Ashville, July 2015. Trying to get the largest assembly of 961's together for a ride

If you want to break it in before April, put it in a trailer and bring it to Florida Riding weather has been great here all week
 
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Thank you. One silly question: The oiler filler cap is so tight, I can't get it off. Any suggestions without me marring it with a vice grip.
 
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AcrossThePond said:
I believe you are referring to the Black Sport I just purchased. P.S. I road it home from Long Island to New Jersey in cold torrential rain, and no rain gear. As an aside, Gold Coast is one of the best dealers I ever experienced. I left there feeling like I made new friends. Even the service department came out to introduce themselves to me.
Congratulations AcrossThePond on your purchase. I saw Gold Coast's Sport on CycleTrader and did talk with the folks there about it but wasn't able to make the trip to see it. The gentleman I talked with (I can't recall his name) said the wait time now is around a month for the Sports so I was probably going to order one. I just hate to do it without seeing one in person. Unfortunately, Norton is not part of the International Motorcycle Show that will be revolving through Washington, DC Jan. 9-11 next year. That would have been too convenient! I'm curious as to your first impressions of the bike and the ride.
 
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kirnma said:
AcrossThePond said:
I believe you are referring to the Black Sport I just purchased. P.S. I road it home from Long Island to New Jersey in cold torrential rain, and no rain gear. As an aside, Gold Coast is one of the best dealers I ever experienced. I left there feeling like I made new friends. Even the service department came out to introduce themselves to me.
Congratulations AcrossThePond on your purchase. I saw Gold Coast's Sport on CycleTrader and did talk with the folks there about it but wasn't able to make the trip to see it. The gentleman I talked with (I can't recall his name) said the wait time now is around a month for the Sports so I was probably going to order one. I just hate to do it without seeing one in person. Unfortunately, Norton is not part of the International Motorcycle Show that will be revolving through Washington, DC Jan. 9-11 next year. That would have been too convenient! I'm curious as to your first impressions of the bike and the ride.
The person I dealt with was named Lou. He was a very nice guy. I drove him a little crazy negotiating the value of my R1200R Jahre, and I can say is was very patient. Also, after the sale he was still attentive; that's a rare quality in a motorcycle salesperson.
 

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AcrossThePond said:
Thank you. One silly question: The oiler filler cap is so tight, I can't get it off. Any suggestions without me marring it with a vice grip.
Just put some newpaper around the gas tank directly behind and to the sides of the filler neck so you don't scrape the paint. My fingers also slipped off the cap because it was on so tight. Then put some plactic wrap on the cap for a good grip and twist. It will come loose.

You only need to screw the cap back in finger tight. You'll have no more problems.
 

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I used a pair of pliers and a shop rag, this worked for me to loosen the cap and did not cause any damage

Also check oil level by screwing the cap down to the seat, and then back out. Don't check the level by just inserting the dipstick without screwing back down to the seat.

Also do not start the bike without screwing the cap back down, or you will get a major oil spill. Do not ask me how I know this, LOL

John
 
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