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Gathering of the Nortons Sydney 13th April 2014

posted 16 Apr 2014 02:43 by Paul Maddock   [ updated 16 Apr 2014 02:58 ]

Norton Line up
After weathering showers, which were strictly coastal, a suitably dry meeting place was found at the Road Warrior Cafe. It was not overly crowded and it provided a perfect haven for ‘Roadholding’ Norton riders needing to enjoy motorcycling ambiance, convivial company, and with good food and coffee. It provides an ideal locale to await the cacophony of noise that can only be provided by ‘Approaching’ Nortons from North and South. One by one and in groups of 3 they arrived in, dare I say, almost equal numbers from the Hunter and Sydney Metro.

The Vintage motorbike week in Bathurst meant numbers were a little down, but this is a once in a year occurrence and I would never want to miss another one, not only a good selection of Commando’s, but many of those wonderful old classic Nortons in condition varying from barn fresh to pristine.

As a relative newcomer, I found everyone to be friendly and interested, and being the new owner of a pre war Norton very helpful and informative. I appreciated there was a very open minded attitude towards my slightly Colorado Norton-ised Commando, and I didn’t experience any ‘ocker knockers' counting rivets and any changes made to a standard. (Mmmmm  Ocker Noccer could be a good name for club magazine). And I am the first to appreciate the pure original bikes that people are fortunate to own, there were plenty there to drool over!

My thanks to Ben Woolven who puts his heart and soul in to providing opportunities to meet up, ride and socialise on a bi weekly basis, and with two major annual events to the north and south of Sydney. Given it is a week for British royal visits, it was somewhat appropriate for President Tim to arrive fashionably late on his Royal Blue carriage and receive the Royal Norton Salute which resembled Winston Churchill’s Victory sign minus a finger. My personal favourite was Alan on his original owner, barn fresh commando resplendent in period dress of jeans and red flanno shirt. Thanks to Bob Davis for his helpful advice on pre war Nortons, and whilst I enjoyed the ride home with Joe on his yellow Norton, I am inconsolable that we left before the arrival of the Vincent Egli! But no doubt our very own filmmaker, The NOC’s version of Charles Chauvel ..Geoff H.....has caught it on film for us to view on Yotube at some time in the future

Don’t miss the next gathering at Stanwell Park in October

Written by a relatively new NOC of NSW member

Brad














Fastback arrives

Older Norton


Pie in the Sky 4 January 2014

posted 5 Jan 2014 16:46 by Nocnsw Site

Pie in the Sky January 2014


The first Saturday of 2014 saw members meet at Pie in the Sky on the Old Pacific Highway north of Sydney.

It was a perfect summer’s morning and fantastic riding weather.

Three Commandos ridden by Ben, Brett and Frank arrived early but there was hardly a seat to be found as the weather had persuaded many other motorcycle enthusiasts to venture out.

Our friends from the Veteran and Historic Motorcycle Club also came along for the ride and the conversation covered any number of different bike makes and models. The motorcycle knowledge of members is amazing and I would not like to take them on in a game of Motorcycle Trivial Pursuit.

As is usual at Pie in the Sky the coffee was great and the pies were hot and tasty. A really fine way to spend a lazy summer’s Saturday morning.

Keep your eye on the calendar and watch for more Saturday morning rides.

 

Frank Loveridge 

Sydney Norton Gathering 20 October 2013

posted 5 Jan 2014 16:36 by Nocnsw Site   [ updated 5 Jan 2014 16:39 ]


Norton Gathering Sydney (south) at Stanwell Park, NSW, Australia on 20 October 2013

Gathering of the Nortons, Sydney, 14 April 2013

posted 5 Jan 2014 16:32 by Nocnsw Site   [ updated 5 Jan 2014 16:38 ]


The Gathering of the Nortons on April 14 2013 at The Road Warrior Cafe, Mt White, north of Sydney. 25 Nortons came from Newcastle, Sydney and the Blue Mountains to be part of the event.

Norton Gathering 2012

posted 7 Dec 2012 20:52 by NOC NSW   [ updated 7 Dec 2012 20:57 ]


The first Norton Gathering occured at the tollgates Berowra in November 2012. 23 Nortons plus lots of other bikes attended. Check out the YouTube video.

The Gathering of the Nortons 2012

Top of the Valley Run 2010

posted 29 Oct 2011 16:56 by NOC NSW   [ updated 7 Dec 2012 15:58 ]


Hadn't been on the bike for around two months. bad back, work, kids Scouts, etc etc, so was looking forward to a decent ride. I was determined to ride the single all the way this time and not do the trailer cop out. I dragged the Big 4 out and as reliable as it's always been, the damn thing wouldn't start. Had those dead as a doornail no spark kicks. Sure enough, pulled the plug and checked the spark and no one home!!

Pulled the maggy off and it was full of gunk. Rotor had a bit more end float then it should and the fibre dynamo drive gear was rubbing against the caseing. Cleaned it all up, made a few adjustments and hooked it up to the electric drill for a test and heaps of big fat blue sparks. So, put it all back together, dropped the engine oil and gearbox oil plus a new filter, dipped the chain in the cook up grease tin, lubed the clutch cable, adjusted the tappets & brakes and off for a test run. All good ready for the morning and another Top of the Valley Run.

Woke early to a clear chill morning. Already had the bike loaded so a quick start to be out at Maccas Rutherford for 7:00am. It was great to be out on the bike so early, the sun was just comming up, the sky was clear and the air was chill. had the thermal undies under the leathers and with winter gloves on I was off against the elements and loving it. Condensation on the visor from heavy breathing making a kaleidoscope view of the world.

Top up the tank at the servo next to Maccas and Thommo is waiting. Not long before Bevan turns up. Geoff calls for advice on setting clutch adjustment. Gary & Red roll in, Lindsay & Jenny, Chris & his mate, then Geoff with his adjusted clutch & his mate. Coffees, hot chocolates & hash browns all downed and time to go.

Chris & his mate only went part way, had to turn back for family commitments, good to see them turn up even for part of the run. Kept chugging away, the Big 4 was running like a top. led the pack for a while until the Vincent needed to stretch it's legs and it was away, followed by a pair of Atlii. I tucked in behind Red on the '38 matchless Model X. I didn't know much about this bike, had heard about it, but had never seen it in the flesh. It certainly held a good road speed for a side valve V twin. I could keep with him on the Big 4, for most part, but he'd get away from me on the hills. Looks a very nice bike.

Rolled into the car park at the Royal at Denman where Pete on the lightweight Norton Jubilee twin was waiting. Most of us needed to vote, so off down to the polling booth we trundled to do our national duty, back to the car park and Stan had arrived. More chat. As usual, 11:00 o'clock we were off for a 9:00 o'clock start.

Out the back road around past the winery and onto the Golden Hwy to Sandy Hollow where we turned of onto the Bylong Way. I'd always regarded this as a great road for the old clunkers. I'd been along here on my girder forked bike and had no worries, the occasional bump, nothing really. The Big 4 was much the same, rigid rear end, but a bit more comfortable with road holder telescopic forks.

Not far from Bylong Red offered me a ride on the Matchless. I caught up on a few specs of the bike. 990cc side valve V twin. No wonder it did ok on the hills!!. What a smooth motor, pulls away easily, the motor seemed effortless, doing very little work and not needing lots of revs. Unfortunately the seat springs are very stiff. It was like riding with no springs at all. Even the slightest bump went straight up my spine. it exposed the roads for what they really were. There were a few bad patches that would catch you by suprise. As good as the motor was, the seat was bad. Spoilt the ride of the bike. Something Red definately will have to address and after riding the Big 4 which has a similar rigid rear and a much better seat, Red now knows how good his bike can ride.

We lunched at Bylong then turned back for Denman. Red offered me the ride on his bike again, I couldn't resist, although I think he was taken with the relative comfort of the Norton. Despite the rough ride, ( I would never have realised that road was so bad!!) I enjoyed the loping power of the Model X and look forward to another ride when Red has improved the seat. All up I did around 80klm on it, so have a bit of a grasp of how a Model X travels. Thanks Red. The others seemed to be enjoying the ride also. Gary was giving the Vincent it's head, while Geoff & Bevan were working their respective 'Atlii' Pete was bringing up the rear on the lightweight 250 Jubilee twin. While lacking in power Pete says it is loaded with fun and a joy to scoot around the twisties. It certainly sounded the part as he wicked it on as he flew past us at the catch up point and got the drop on everyone as he kept going, turning the tables so it was now we that would have to catch up to him before Denman.

Back at the Royal and a few refreshments and tales of the road to Bylong & back before we headed for home. We decided to stop at the Tavern at Jerries Plains for no particular reason. Lucky we did because we were served a treat by a nice couple of pair selling raffle tickets and wandering about with free nibblies. Yum Yum. Off again and we started to go our respective ways. Thommo, Stan & I turned off at Warkworth for Broke. Wallaby Scrub Road is named for a good reason, not only were there wallabies along the road but a couple of good sized kangaroos as well, not to mention a couple of wombats. Looked like mother & child waddling along the side of the road. Watch out blokes!! Across through Broke and heading for Wollombi, all was going well. The Big 4 was roaring and going great till suddenly that dull throaty sound that comes from the carb when there is no sound comming from the exhaust and the bike rolled to a stop. Look in the tank and she's bone dry. What the....!!! Thommo & Stan pull up behind with cries of 'Whats up?' 'I'm out of juice' says I.. In chorus with jaws agape the both blurt...."Ya gotta be Joking....!!!"

Out with the drink bottle & drain 750ml from Stans tank. Off we go again. Through Wollombi and trying to make Millfield before the servo shuts supposedly at 6:00. Half way to Millfield she dies again. Thommo says we've done 18klm. I didn't fill the bottle this time as Stans tank is also getting low. 700mls and we're off again. It's getting dark. Into Millfield and the servo is already shut. Head on to Cessnock. Under the railway bridge and she dies again. Thommo says only 12 klm that time. We're a stones throw from Cessnock, so I squeeze another 250mls from Stan's tank and we're off again. First servo we come to is a Metro. Dunno about that stuff, do they put paint thinners in their petrol or what, I go straight past. Running on vapours theres another Metro, do I pull in or what. I stop & confer with Stan & Thommo, both have their doubts, but I'm out of petrol and am driving past servo's. Thommo says the Caltex is only a klm down the road, we're off and glide into the servo and give two very thirsty bikes a big drink. I'm all but out of fuel and my tank takes 11.91 litres to fill it.

Thommo lives around the corner and invites us around for a coffee, which we take him up on. After the obligatory check out the shed we drink our coffee and go over the day. All agree it's been tops and now we've done a run out that way, we should organise it better next year, leave Denman earlier (hopefully no voting next year), get to Rylestone for lunch and have time enough to get back in the arvo. Stay overnight and have a ride on Sunday.

It was well and truly dark when I left Cessnock. A clear moonlit sky with a chill in the air. I went back across to Ellalong and across Sandy creek Road, up over the gap to Freemans Water hole then across the back road through Teralba and home. It was a good run for the 6 volt headlights. Away from the streetlights and oncomming traffic, the lights were fine. it's good to have everything working on the old clunker.

Home a day early, bike went like a jet the whole weekend. No dramas with anyone. A great ride, great people. Can life be better??.........

Bob

30th Anniversary Celebrations 2011

posted 14 Oct 2009 07:31 by NOC NSW   [ updated 7 Dec 2012 15:58 ]

Sun 15th May 2011, Leichhardt Rowing Club

 
 
 
 
The motorcycles don't seem to change.. 
 
but fashions do.. 
 
and is orange the new black. 

The Norton Owners Club of New South Wales turned 30 in May 2011. We marked the occasion with a party at the club meeting spot down at Leichhardt Rowing Club. The party was well attended with club members past and present coming together to celebrate 30 years of keeping Nortons on the road. Norton lovers travelled from all over NSW, Queensland and Victoria with a group of 20 motoring down from the Hunter Valley.

Founder members Colin, Ben and Gronk were awarded trophies for 30 years continuous service. All in all it was a great day with prefect weather, good company and terrific food. A good number of bikes turned up mainly Commandos but also a Vincent, a BMW and some Motor Guzzis. It was good to catch up with some past members from the early days.

Geoff played a DVD slide show that displayed over 380 images from the clubs old photo albums.

Thanks to everyone that turned up to make the day a success.


    
 
 
Hunter Valley Branch enjoying the day
 
Founder members
 
Trophies were organised by Peter


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