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Author Topic: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread  (Read 78862 times)

Offline Bevelheadmhr

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #370 on: Aug 31, 2016, 00:53:15 »
How did ya make out with the mud guard mod? hope the back still isn't an issue............

I didn't like the mudguard when it was on the bike, its too narrow, and not yet found a wider, more suitable alloy guard to replace it. Think I'll end up having a one off made someday. My back is ok, about 95% better, which means I 'm riding again which is what matters. 

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #371 on: Aug 31, 2016, 01:03:02 »
I'm late to this party, but I'm in.  Love this build.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #372 on: Aug 31, 2016, 02:46:04 »
I'd like to build a second engine for it, but with alloy barrels and other go faster stuff, but it seems all the old Ironheads have been snapped up by the hipsters who have pushed prices way high. Oh well, always other projects to play with..


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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #373 on: Jan 02, 2018, 07:26:10 »
One of my new year resolutions is to update my Norley, sort out a few problems and improve it here and there. Since I built it, I haven't used it much, and its spend most of its time sitting forlorn in the corner of my cold damp garage, which hasn't done the polished alloy much good.

So a few weeks ago I dragged it out of the garage and into the dry if small conservatory at the back of the house. The alloy polished up a treat, except for the tank. There are lots of fine scratches in the alloy which are taking many hours to remove. Having always been non committal on the virtues of polished alloy tanks... yes they look great in photos but are hell to live with, gaining scratches far too easily. Therefore I made the decision to paint the tank. Probably gloss black with gold pinstripes, though no doubt I'll change my mind a few times on the colour scheme.

Next I'll make new brake and gear change pedals, as the ones I used originally don't quite match the style of the bike, as they were meant for a modern bike. I'll also rework the gear change layout to put the link rod above the lever and not below. IT wont look quite as neat but it'll work better and leave more room around the exhaust.

Next it needs a front fender, I made a mount for a classic British alloy fender, but its too narrow and doesn't cover the tyre as is should. The good news is that painting the tank opens up more possibilities for the fender.. carbon, or painted plastic might work.

Then there's an annoying oil leak coming from the primary chain case, tricky to see from where, but it needs fixing.

Finally there's the electrics.. particularly the cheap switchgear and idiot lights which I want to upgrade. One of my other bikes is having a revamped wiring system fitted at the moment, using German Moto Gadget parts. They are expensive but hopefully worth the cost. If I'm happy with the results, I may decide to use the same supplier to upgrade the Norley electrics too.

No doubt they'll be lots of other small changes along the way.. such as making a mesh screen to the open velocity stack.. but these are the main changes I've got planned for 2018. I try not to work on more than one project at a time, so progress will be slow until a couple of other projects are completed.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #374 on: Mar 08, 2018, 12:17:38 »
I've been busy with other bikes so not much has happened with the Norley, except that today I finally took the tank to be painted. I lot of people have said I shouldn't paint that lovely alloy tank, and I can see why. It does look good when new and polished. But if a bike is actually used on the road, it doesn't stay new and shiny for long. I'm not a fan of the dull and dented look, so its gone for paint. Nothing fancy, just a simple classic black and gold design, should be ready in around 6 to 8 weeks.. cant wait.

While I was there, Richard the owner was happy to let me film some work in progress and parts waiting for paint. There was a cool alloy tank and seat for a Guzzi made my John Williams of the Tank Shop up in Scotland, which I really liked. I forgot to take any photos, but here's the video I made today..


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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #375 on: Mar 08, 2018, 16:17:04 »
Wow, one of my favorite bikes on this site, good to see some more action.   Why is there a 'dogleg' in the shift rod?
  Cheers, 50gary
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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #376 on: Mar 09, 2018, 07:23:17 »
To clear the primary case, it may have been loose, cant remember so not in its correct angle. But that's another area I'm looking to change. New one off brake and gear lever and different linkage. The first one was always supposed to be temporary to make sure the ratio was right.  . 

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #377 on: Jun 16, 2018, 16:24:12 »
Got the call yesterday to say my tank was ready for collection from the paint shop. After much thought I came up with this simple design, but you never know how it'll really look until its done. Really pleased with the results, given its a handmade alloy tank which isn't perfectly symmetrical. Still got to fit its Monza fuel cap, and finish the other work the bike is having before it goes back on the bike, via a stainless tank strap to hold it secure.

The tank was originally bare polished alloy, classic Triton style. Which while looking great in photos when new, is a pita to live with if the bike is actually used on the road. Therefore I eventually decided to have it painted, in equally classic black and gold.


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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #378 on: Jun 17, 2018, 11:06:28 »
Why didn't you go for "Norley"  decals?
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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #379 on: Jun 17, 2018, 22:21:39 »
A) I didn't have any
B) No one knows what Norley means
C) I couldn't find any HD tank decal that would look right on that tank
D) The Norton gold decal works with the black and gold colour scheme I wanted
E) Most specials take their ID from the frame not the engine, so while its not a OE Norton frame, its close enough.