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I don't see how you can miss the tire wall.
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I was brought up in the Isle of Man, famous for the Tourist Trophy races. Sulby Straight, halfway between Kirk Michael and Ramsey, is one of the fastest parts of the course and bikes have been timed at 197mph before braking for the right hander over the river bridge and continuing left past Ginger Hall. I can't remember any tyre walls there and spectators could stand on the earth bank on the edge of the pavement next to the road. Of course this was, and still is, real road racing. No runoffs or tyres, just pavements, houses and hedges. I seem to remember Barry Sheene refusing to race there.
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Drifted slightly off topic i know, but yep at the TT spectators are very close, but also all the Irish races are on similar roads. Scarborough circuit was not much better.
A circuit i raced on was Darley Moor in Ashbourne/Derbyshire. Just an earth banking between racers and crowd.
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Drifted slightly off topic i know, but yep at the TT spectators are very close, but also all the Irish races are on similar roads. Scarborough circuit was not much better.
A circuit i raced on was Darley Moor in Ashbourne/Derbyshire. Just an earth banking between racers and crowd.
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That brought back some memories!
All changed to tyres then now. Cheers!
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Does one of you own that bike?
Has anyone ridden one?

I’d like to know:
How is the overall handling and performance? What’s the finished weight?
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Darley Moor, don't think I ever saw it dry there. Thought I'd seen some rain coming from Lancashire! A Fleetwood (my hometown) lad Dave Eaves did quite well at Darley Moor in the 70s & 80s.
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i like the naked sportbike look but didnt want a "me too" bike. if i really wanted a fast bike i would have bought a sportbike. i wanted something different.
Yes, that's where I was also! I came real close to buying an MT-09. Was considering an actual sport bike but let me be honest, I'm 61 and bending over like that is too difficult .
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Does one of you own that bike?
Has anyone ridden one?

I’d like to know:
How is the overall handling and performance? What’s the finished weight?
A late reply.. but I built a Norley, but using a slightly heavier Ironhead XL1000 engine. I didn't keep much of the XL apart from the engine.. dry weight 395lb, wet just 420lb with half tank of petrol.

Handles really well, steers much quicker than a standard Sportster. Not very practical, but then I didn't build it to be a commuter. There's a build thread on here.

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