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CVMG People’s Choice

At the 2017 Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s Paris National Rally, my 1970 Norton Fastback won the People’s Choice award for British bikes! I was totally surprised as I wasn’t even going to enter the bike. I found out at the end of the day when someone told me that I had won!

This was a super nice validation of all the work and effort I’ve put into this bike. It’s also great to see that bikes that are not concours-perfect are appreciated.


A colleague of mine saw my Commando in the parking lot and asked if it could be used for a photography class student photo-shoot. They brought in lights, smoke and some cheesy props and had fun. A student made a video, but I recut the video as I didn’t like the music and it was a bit long.

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CVMG Rally – Paris 2017

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Ameliasburg 2016

After getting the engine back from Herb Becker, it sat in the garage.  As the Quinte CVMG rally in Ameliasburg approached I quickly got my 750 Norton Commando together, only running the day before heading out to Ameliasburg.

Paul and I left Toronto taking my favorite route out of the city. Up the DVP/404 to Elgin Mills, north on Warden to 19th line and then following 19th till it ended at York Durhan Line, north to Uxbridge Pickering Town Line. The corner has a great 1920’s garage across from a looming subdivision. We followed that until it ended at Glen Manor Forest and took Concession 7 north to Goodwood Rd (#21) till it hooked up with 7a. We then followed it to Cavan to pick up Malcom. Here’s the route https://goo.gl/maps/dZ77vWiaHTk

We left around 11 and got to Cavan Hall just around 1. At Malcolm’s house I noticed that the oil return line was slipping off so I put in on properly. Unfortunately I pulled the hose loose at the oil filter end and it slipped off 5 min down the road. At first I thought my clutch was slipping as the engine revved when I gave it throttle – it was the back tire spinning. I was in the middle of figuring out what was going on when Paul pulled up and motined to pull over. Poor guy was covered in oil, from boots to fairing and helmet, he even tasted it. At least it was nice new oil on a rebuild…  I got the hose on properly on the roadside, Malcolm eventually doubled back and found us.
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CVMG Paris Rally: 2015

Another Paris Rally, great weather – here’s a few pics of what caught my eye this year.

 

 

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Paris CVMG Rally – 2014

This year we decided to bring a plethora of bikes in a cubevan. We thought we were being smart and prepared but of course wrangling children, bikes and getting out of town on a Friday afternoon was a bit challenging.

We managed to stuff into a cube van the following:

  • 3 x Norton Commando
  • 1 x Honda Ascot
  • 1 x Puch with sidecar

As other years it was a scramble to Paris and we arrived at the registration desk with 5 min to spare (7:55pm).

Here are a few photos to give a taste of the weekend.

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