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Old 10 December 2007, 17:30   #61
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It doesn't say anything on Wikipedia about closing the Hinckley plant, just that they have opened a Thailand plant. I would suspect that the Thai plant is producing bikes for the Asian market, whilst the UK produces bikes for Europe and possibly the US.
I wouldn't be surprised if production slowly disappears abroad , like so many other decent British companies they can only take so much
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Old 10 December 2007, 18:47   #62
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Just looked up the specs. and reviews of the new Rocket III. 2.3 Ltrs !!!!
Wow. Probably will not sell well in the UK though.
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Old 10 December 2007, 18:54   #63
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Just looked up the specs. and reviews of the new Rocket III. 2.3 Ltrs !!!!
Wow. Probably will not sell well in the UK though.
There are a few about here , More popular in the usa I expect . Not my cup o tea not much point in a huge motor if it doesn't go round corners . But hats off to them for building it I guess
Aimed at the harley brigade i guess which I don't understand .
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There are a few about here , More popular in the usa I expect . Not my cup o tea not much point in a huge motor if it doesn't go round corners . But hats off to them for building it I guess
Aimed at the harley brigade i guess which I don't understand .
I know what you mean. It has to do with where you live and ride and for how long. There are very few windy roads in many US States. For example, I can drive over a hill and see the road ahead disappear to the horizon with not another vehicle on it. Long distance riders tow trailers full of camping gear. Riding 250-300 miles a day is common. I have done my fair share of scraping foot rests, center stands and silencers etc. Now I want to get there safely and enjoy the scenery. You cannot do that on a sports bike. I suspect, that in the UK you cannot go tear arsing around country roads much anymore.
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I know what you mean. It has to do with where you live and ride and for how long. There are very few windy roads in many US States. For example, I can drive over a hill and see the road ahead disappear to the horizon with not another vehicle on it. Long distance riders tow trailers full of camping gear. Riding 250-300 miles a day is common. I have done my fair share of scraping foot rests, center stands and silencers etc. Now I want to get there safely and enjoy the scenery. You cannot do that on a sports bike. I suspect, that in the UK you cannot go tear arsing around country roads much anymore.
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Yes it is very different here crowded roads etc . You can get out and have fun but there is the lunatic sportbike element getting us all a bad name .

I guess thats what makes biking so interesting in a way , there are so many different types of bike and rider and when they stop there is a great comeradery.
I like to get out and do some miles and often cover 2-300 in a day if Iam touring but a bike has to handle well and be nimble enough to get through the traffic . If you have a trailer and big bike etc here you had just as well be in a car IMO but some do and enjoy it in a different way.

My fazer 1000 is the best all rounder i have ever had for what I do
I certainly couldn't bend my old bones around a sport bike anymore. But then the young ones call my fazer an old mans bike
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Hi Ian
I am sure that you and other motorbike fans will find the following site interesting. Make sure you read some of the longdistance storys.
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Here is a taster from the UK: http://www.ironbutt.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1012

http://www.ironbutt.com/about/default.cfm
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Talking of British bikes what happened to Norton? They reinvented themselves with a Wankel and won the Isle of Man TT in 1992 - then they vanished again - a great pity!!!
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Talking of British bikes what happened to Norton? They reinvented themselves with a Wankel and won the Isle of Man TT in 1992 - then they vanished again - a great pity!!!

The police were riding them too , and they were quite fast , but Fugly. Probably something else Maggie destroyed


Limey I have seen that ironbutt website before . I used to chat to a couple of members a while back on a bike forum , they are mad .
The longest journeys I have done in a day are from Cornwall to Glasgow and barcelona to santander . both about 500 miles I think
The spanish trip was a total pleasure but not so much fun here if you have to make distance .
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AFAIK The 588 wankel in the Nortons was actually built as a target drone engine for the military rather a bike engine but they chucked it in a bike too.

I think they kinda disappeared from the public eye when the rules for calculating CC on a wankel while racing were changed so that it couldn't compete properly anymore.
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yes I remember something about the capacity argument for racing .

I wonder if they had the usual wankel engine wear problems that finished so many others like the suzuki re5 and the NSU car
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