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what beautiful detail!who would have thought of that....(reservoir tank recessed in the top tree..)
maybe not good for normal sus ,but the britten hossack system was a bit different so the top tree wasn't really a structual unit(maybe not much torsional rigidity required)
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Of course extra points if you can also identify the bike in the background with "Wulf" on the tank.

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That would be the Norton Nemesis. To be more specific it's the one displayed at the National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhill.
Was that the one that was going to have a cast magnesium frame and swingarm?

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Was that the one that was going to have a cast magnesium frame and swingarm?
Cast magnesium swingarm and wheels (for road use... ), Buell-like rim mounted brake discs, "active suspensions" (whatever that meant), 1.5 liter V8 engine with triple spark ignition and 360 km/h (225 mph) top speed.
Personally I doubt even the engine ever run on a dyno.

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can i try..
Thats a kawasaki Zephyr 750 that someone has painted a union jack and "Triumph" on the tank of.
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My turn now... I'll go easy on you all.
This one has me stumped....for now... congrats, thats not easy to do. Edit: after some research, Ive determined that the 2nd bike is a Norton 500 Wulf SPX, circa 1975

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Of course extra points if you can also identify the bike in the background with "Wulf" on the tank.
I was orignially going to guess some sort of variant of the 650cc Norton from the mid-60's. Predates the Commando. I'll need to refer to my Norton Buyer's guide, but then that is cheating...

Then again I can't figure out the side covers on the engine, is it a boxer type motor? Awesome stumper of a picture.

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Thats a kawasaki Zephyr 750 that someone has painted a union jack and "Triumph" on the tank of.
Yes, that's a normal Zephyr 750 with a questionable paint scheme.

As for the bikes in my picture they are an Ariel Leader 4 (foreground) and a Norton Wulf 500. So just bonus points for you, Dezmo.
The Ariel Leader 4 was the first bike with a longitudinally mounted inline four. It also had shaft drive and an electric starter (in 1960!).
During tests it was found to be very comfortable and quiet but BSA (the owners of Ariel at the time) decided touring motorcycles had no future in 1960 so killed it off.
The Norton Wulf 500 is a two stroke Bernard Hooper was working with when Norton decided to kill off two strokes and start working on rotary engines.

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The Ariel Leader 4 was the first bike with a longitudinally mounted inline four.

You're forgetting about the Indian 4 !
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huffhines: KR250. sburns: Ive seen that bike before, but Im unsure of the name...Metisse comes to mind, but I dont think thats it.
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It was handbuilt and very expensive for what it is. From early this decade.

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It was handbuilt and very expensive for what it is. From early this decade.

Borile 500 . Quote from the pres , " We don't have CADCAM but we do have good salami and red wine ."
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You're forgetting about the Indian 4 !

DKW had an inline 4 before Indian did...

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You're forgetting about the Indian 4 !
Are you forgetting that Indian's I4 is actually Henderson's I4, just installed in a chief chassis?
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AJS and also FN had one prior?...

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