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captainTue Jul-26-05 10:32 PM

  
"norton commando vs x 75 vetter hurricane"


  

          

Greetings fellow nortonians, I thought you might like to ponder this. my best friend has a 73 bsa rocket 3 craig vetter designed (* but labeled triumph) machine. I have a 72 combat commando. We both recently got our machines road worthy.We are curious as to the " comparable "performance of the two. What say ye?? capt

  

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MichaelBWed Jul-27-05 09:14 AM
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#1. "RE: norton commando vs x 75 vetter hurricane"
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I say the best way is on the Hi ways and By ways, through the canyons or even the back alleys. The only way to settle it is one on one. Should be interesting.

Mike

  

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dynodaveyWed Jul-27-05 11:29 AM

  
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Even though I'm a norton guy, I think in a race its the triple, though the vetter maybe not the best choice.
For street driveability, ease of maintenance, I'd still take the norton anyday.

  

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FlashbackWed Jul-27-05 09:37 PM
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As I recall from the road test in Cycle Magazine (RIP), the Vetter had serious ground clearance problems on which ever side the exhausts were on. In the 1972 Cycle Magazine Superbike issue, the Trident was a bit faster than the 750 Norton in lap times. However, with the Vetter's ground clearance probs, the Norton would likely do much better.

In the same issue's quarter mile times, the Trident was (barely) faster than the Norton both in ET and top speed. If Vetter did anything to lighten the bike, the advantage would be even greater.

All in all... I'll take the Norton

  

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BrithitFri Jul-29-05 10:42 AM
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Hey Capt.

I happen to own both a triple ('69 Trident), and a '72 Combat. The Trident, has an engine with almost identical in performance to the Vetter. Triples are very rev-happy, and don't have as much grunt in the lower rpm ranges as a Commando. However, the triples certainly have more mid-range than say, something like a Honda 750 of that vintage. I think which one you feel has the best overall performace depends on your riding style. You hear stories of people running a good triple up to 9,000 rpm, and yes, they will do it. A well set-up triple isn't much more difficult to maintain than a Commando, but getting one up to the well set-up stage is a LOT more work than any Norton. A great deal of them have suffered at the hands of people who didn't know what they were doing. Just my opinions, of course. They are both fine and exciting machines. I like the three cylinder characteristics so much, I've extended it to the only modern machine I own - a Speed Triple. Loads more mid-range than something like a Honda 919. Interestingly, the fuel injected Hinckley machines have a well deserved reputation for being easier to maintain than a high performace v-twin, or four cylinder Japanese sport bike.

Don W.

Lincoln, NE
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