Just returned from my first race on the Norton. As the engine is new, I only rode it parade class, in order to give it a bit of break in. Six times a quarter of an hour in the saddle. I found the most difficult thing was to navigate through the pits to get out on the track. I had to keep it at least at 4000 rpm and play with the clutch to be able to go slow. When we got green flag and went out on the track it felt much better. Though I'm quite familiar with that track (raced the Honda there a couple of times) it took some time sorting out which gears and gear changing points. Started very slow to get a feeling of handling. Quickly found that it behaved as a featherbed Norton should. No problems there. Then found that I shall never go under 5000 rpm, which meant that I had to go a bit faster in the bends. Though it prefers anything over 6000 rpm to be happy. Any problems? Yes the gear lever doesn't suit me at all. Downshifting no problems, but I had trouble upshifting. I hope making a new lever will sort that out. Otherwise scrap the TTI gearbox and find something better. Another small problem was that on the last time on the track, after a couple of laps with good feeling, the screw holding the clutch lever disappeared. Called it a day, went into the pits. Where the guy who raced it in the sixties said: What! Going out just for a nonworking clutch lever. You should have kept on without it.
Funny thing, most of my bikes are it or she, but the Manx is definitely a he. With firm opinions on how to be ridden. Fast.
In -68, I looked at this machine and wondered how it would feel to ride a real racer. Now I know, FUN.
Still a lot to learn but very happy.