Call­ing a carb a carb

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Si­mon Skin­ner of Nor­ton prob­a­bly thinks the new Thruxton has a whiff of ar­ti­fice about it be­cause the new Thruxton has fuel in­jec­tors that have been made to look like clas­sic carbs. Also, one might men­tion Tri­umph’s glo­ri­ous Bri­tish bike man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre of ex­cel­lence also known as... er... Thai­land (MCN Let­ters, Novem­ber 30). I’m sure Si­mon Skin­ner would love to get Nor­ton into mass pro­duc­tion and of­fer bikes as stun­ning as the new Thruxton for show­room re­tail prices. But he ain’t there yet and he de­serves our col­lec­tive sup­port and plau­dits for get­ting Nor­ton back to where it is to­day, not ar­bi­trary grum­bles sim­ply be­cause he isn’t flog­ging bulk bikes by the yard, on PCP, through a vast dealer net­work. In any case, call­ing a carb a carb dur­ing press in­ter­views is a sign of in­tegrity, not hypocrisy. Fair play and good luck, Nor­ton. Mark Hucke, email

Ô£780 for a Fizzy? Some­one saw his dad com­ing, that’s for sure’

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