Would a Chinese Norton be that bad ?

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Nothing wrong with Harleys.
In fact, the older HD guys are usually the only other Norton owners I meet, even if their last and only Norton was in 1970...
 

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The Indian is nice no doubt ! But I don't like the Scouts too much . And I want a belt drive . HD dislike runs pretty deep in this forum ! They must be doing something right then . ;)
Sorry Tony. I have to disagree with the “must be doing something right” comment lol
 

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That’s the trouble Glen, I did like it, in fact I came home wanting to buy one.

But when I went to the local dealership, back here in little old England, with our narrow roads and busy streets, it all seemed very different!

The bike I road was a Road King... it weighs more than two of my bikes combined. I just don’t think I could get one up the side of the house and in / out of the shed!
Thank God for your shed.

step away from the HD. Friends don’t let friends buy HD.
 

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Sorry Tony. I have to disagree with the “must be doing something right” comment lol
Well, I think HD is trying very hard to catch-up with the rest of the m/c industry.
It involves them realizing that they need competitive modern designs to be relevant in the future market.
The new line of DOHC V-twins is evidence of this.
HD also spent a great deal of cash on their e-Bike to try and beat the rest of the brands to the market place.
I think the fear of God has landed in the HD board room, and the company is now desperate to revamp their product line and image.
Stay tune.
 

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Well, I think HD is trying very hard to catch-up with the rest of the m/c industry.
It involves them realizing that they need competitive modern designs to be relevant in the future market.
The new line of DOHC V-twins is evidence of this.
HD also spent a great deal of cash on their e-Bike to try and beat the rest of the brands to the market place.
I think the fear of God has landed in the HD board room, and the company is now desperate to revamp their product line and image.
Stay tune.
Their plan is to become a "lifestyle and wellness" brand. No joke.
 
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At the risk of infringing Fast Eddie's copy-write the XR 1200 would be classed as; "just be another mass produced homogenised microwave motorcycle !"
for mass produced pretend rebels
 
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Hey Guys , I thought I told you that HD XR1200 is a great handling motorcycle ? It can really be hustled through the twisties ! Good looking too !

Wot???- you are telling me the footrests don't scrape the tarmac - whatever will HD think of next?
 

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Im buying a HD .
Are they still made in the U.S. ? I believe they have moved a lot of jobs out as well. Unfortunately this is a trend due to globalization. Companies pitting one government / tax brake / workforce against another so the upper echelons and where applicable the shareholders can reap more $ benefit. Each time valuable skills are lost in transition. The owners of these companies have no brand or patriotic loyalties, so why should we? My next bike will be a Royal Enfield who employ more folks in the U.K. than Norton did - they respect their heritage.
 

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I don't expect to change anyone's mind on the subject, that rarely happens at our age.
I will say that the jobs created by Triumph in Thailand improve the standard of living for those who are lucky enough to get them.

Now I'll go back to repairing the exhaust ports on my entirely UK built Norton!

Glen
Depending what year it is the frame could have been made in Italy, the clocks in France, bearings anywhere in Europe the Amal carbs in Spain & Lucas were way ahead of the curve and had plants in India I believe. All the time NVT were touting "Buy British" However, to be fair this may have been because the downturn in manufacturing meant they couldn't source this stuff anywhere else.

I'm sure the heads were made in the U.k. though :eek:
 
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Sorry didn't realise the photo was an HD XR series. The original XR750 was a stripped down dirt track racer
The XR1000 was a sort of Sportster. Not quite sure how the XR1200 in the photo fits with the stripped down
dirt track heritage. Is it made in China?
 

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Come on guys, can't we all just get along? As my Polish neighbor says "bike is bike".
 
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