Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

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Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

Post by Mick Taylor » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:31 pm

The 'BSA' Norton Rotary Classic (#44) has found it's way onto ebay.

I think they could have done it a large favour if they had removed the wingrack and re fitted the original rear lights and seat valances.

They don't even mention the original parts are available with the bike..which I would have thought is a major selling point.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152926084366?ul_noapp=true

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Re: Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

Post by johnbirchjar » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:06 am

I can't see it making the asking price,to many things "Not quite right" even a mint Classic would struggle,and how can it be number 44 (made in 1986) if my Classic is number 29 (made in 1988?)J.B.

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Post by Mick Taylor » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:13 am

I suspect they have taken a few things at face value........I was briefly in discussion with the person who was selling this bike on behalf of the widow of the deceased owner; a very decent sort who had stepped up to assist the lady in the disposal of her husband's bikes .......but I would not have paid anything remotely like the figure being asked here.

I know all the parts to return it to standard are with the bike because I sent the chap some photos of what he was looking for and he replied with a pic of what he found in the shed.....everything required, which made it a much more attractive prospect (to me).....but no mention of that in this listing.

I also discovered it was fitted with a new speedo at some stage and the actual mileage is approx 24,000......speaking to Graham at Startright, he pronounced it a good running example which had had an engine overhaul and ran exactly as is should.....the paint on the other hand is just a matter of personal taste.....had I ended up with it, it would have been straight back to original silver.

Fortunately for me, my old bike #66 became available and I bought that one back, but that purchase was really triggered by this red bike being available, so I owe the seller a debt of gratitude.

As for the obvious error with the date of manufacture, the DVLA say June 1988, so a simple clerical error I guess......but it's worth bearing in mind what I learned from Richard Negus (I wish I'd filmed him stripping my Classic engine, I'd be a lot less wary of it exclaim ) that the 100 (or so) Classics were not built in strict numerical order, I'm sure there is a thread on here somewhere where he refers to that and the reasons for it, so #29 was not necessarily the 29th build.

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Re: Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

Post by kanonkopdrinker » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:26 am

John,

Prospective Classic Owners could choose a frame number of their choice, so long as it had not already been chosen.

So, if your lucky number happened to be (say) 99, you could have LE-099, even if it happened to be the first one of the production line.

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Re: Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

Post by Mick Taylor » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:34 am

More facts:.....I didn't know that David..........every day's a school day. Very Happy

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Re: Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

Post by Richard Negus » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:09 pm

I confirm, from the Norton production records, that 044 passed final inspection on 9th May 1988.
The agent/dealer's description is questionable. Rotary development started around 1966 as a BSA project, transferred to Triumph at Meriden, then to Norton Triumph at Garrets Green, Birmingham, and finally to Shenstone.
All of the production bikes, including the Classic, were conceived and built at Shenstone and owe little, if anything to the work done at BSA.
As I may have mentioned before, 044 is "a good bike spoiled".
If you go to www.nortonmotors.co.uk , you can see some photos of those early BSA and Triumph prototypes.
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Re: Norton Rotary Classic (BSA) on ebay

Post by Anthony Duffield » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:30 pm

As I may have mentioned before, 044 is "a good bike spoiled".

I could agree more

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