Monday, 27 March 2017

1927 Model 34 Norton

-SG- Thanks to Alan who has sent us these photos of a 1927 Model 34 recently acquired by a friend of his. For sure one of the rarer Norton models ( I see we have had but two postings about them over the years), this is virtually complete.  Alan's comments follow:

"Terry has just managed to acquire this largely original 1927 Model 34 which has lain undisturbed at the back of a garage for some 25 years. After the war, the machine was apparently owned by a local secondhand motorcycle dealer for many years who had a timber box sidecar attached. He reputedly used to sleep in it during his IOM visits! The machine came with a couple of boxes of bits, including the original primary cover which will probably be refitted, and kick start components. The intention is to lightly recommision the bike rather than restore. Incidentally the modernised handlebars and controls may well be replaced as part of this exercise."

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

1937 Model 30 Norton

-SG- Circumstances prevented my attendance at the recent Pukekohe Classic Race meeting in NZ but Artie was there - for the 38th time - and sent me a couple of photos of Inia's recently restored 1937 International. This started as a very sad wreck - even the frame tubes needing replacement - and the bulk of the work was carried out by Ken McIntosh. The power unit is one Artie used and developed in his own Manx for some forty years. The bike was ridden briefly at the meeting by Lyndsey Kyle - I say 'briefly' as Lyndsey was unlucky enough to have an 'off' although the bike was undamaged apart from a footrest and the doll's head gearchange.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Australian 1926 Model 18 Norton

-SG- Thanks again to Ian who has recently lent me the attached photo which - lucky chap - he picked up a while back in an antique shop for a couple of dollars. It is an enlargement - nearly A3 size - and I have had it shrunk to A4-ish for ease of transmission.While I appreciate we have had a few similar period photos before, this shows quite a lot of detail. The bike looks fairly well used so I guess the photo was taken considerably after 1926. Small points worth mentioning ... a. Front brake/hub is Enfield. b. It has an ML magneto more usually fitted to the SV models at this stage rather than a CAV. It may perhaps have been changed or maybe, Nortons fitted all Australia-bound bikes with MLs, whether OHV or SV.  c. It has a straight pull twist grip throttle control, probably B and B. d. The original 1926 footrests with detachable upper rubbers are still in place. Original photos such as this are greatly appreciated!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

1920 Model 9 Norton ?

Above; the Vintage and Veteran Norton

-SG- My attention has recently been drawn to a supposed Model 9 for sale at Veteran and Vintage for a little matter of £22500 (above). Looks quite tidy although a bit strange and short and there seem to be quite a few differences to other Model 9s (like forks, frame and frame number stamping, for starters) but as this is not a period I'm that strong on, I sought advice elsewhere!  Mike writes:

"I am pretty sure I remember this bike back in the 1980s. Michael Freeman Motors had it for sale, but    withdrew it after some research. It was auctioned off after Mr Freeman died. In my view, the frame is a 16H 1924, with a belt drive back end; forks are 1922; and  engine 1921. It's quite a nice bike, very convincing, Mr Freeman bought three Nortons from the widow of a Norton enthusiast from the Devon area, this one, and the other two were no better as I recall. One was a Big Four with final drive by belt, supposed 1924. It was bought by a certain Mr G Cohen!"

To double check, I have asked for some photos of an authentic Model 9 and these are provided below. A quick comparison between it and the 'Vintage and Veteran' example shows up the various differences. All in all the V and V bike seems like a good looking if expensive bitza ...

Below; a genuine 1921 Model 9 Norton

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Barry ...

-SG- I recently heard from Barry in Yorkshire, whom I have known for longer than either of us care to remember.  He has carried out quite a number of good vintage Norton restorations over the years and was prompted to get in touch by the recent posting of the 1933 Model 50. He writes:

Barry's 1934 Model 50

"The Model 50 on the site reminds me of my first Norton – a 1934 Model 50 with four speed SA box and tank gear change. How I came by it is perhaps worth relating. Back in the late fifties, when I was doing a bit of trials riding, we used to practice on a farm nearby, owned by a couple of ‘hill-billy’ brothers.  They used to watch us throwing ourselves at the countryside and used the Model 50 as every day transport.

About ten years later, when I got interested in older bikes, I went to see them.  They still had the Model 50 in a shed which had nearly collapsed onto it and they actually gave it to me. Luckily the plug was still in it and believe it or not, after cleaning and drying out the magneto, it started and I rode it down to the back lane where I lived.

c1923 Model 16H

I did nothing to the engine or gearbox – just painted it and used it for a few years until I got the1923-ish 16H, my first flat-tank Norton.  I believe it is now in Australia. (see photos)

1928 Model 19

The final photo I enclose shows the late Tom Potter – a Chelsea Pensioner – with my 1928 Model 19 in a field at the top of Sutton Bank in Yorkshire.  Tom had a flat tank Norton in Singapore early in WW2.  Needless to say it had to be abandoned when the Japanese invaded!"

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The 1928 Norton Folder

Click this link for the PDF

-SG- Ian has kindly lent some of his comprehensive collection of Norton literature and the 1928 fold-out leaflet shaped like a Norton flat tank is perhaps the most unorthodox. Scans herewith!

Monday, 20 February 2017

c1923 Model 18 Norton

-JdK-  These words were contributed by Bill in  Australia. "I have a very old photo (above) of my dad, Bill Truslove on his, I believe, 1923 Norton. He also had  a Brough Superior. I was told that he competed in the Isle of Man TT races when he was young. He was born at Burbage in Leicestershire, UK. In 1947, when we were moving house, he threw both motorbikes down the local quarry at Stoney Stanton. He hadn’t ridden them since he had a serious road accident before I was born, in 1936."

The Norton is a c1923 Model 18 Norton; note the straight-type rockers. For a 1923 Model it has a non standard specification in that it has a separate oil tank and a Best and Lloyd mechanical pump on the mag drive cover. This appears to feed straight into the front of the crankcase rather than to two unions above the cams as in '24. Also note: no steering damper and supplementary suspension damper on front forks.

Registration OK3708 was issued from January 1922 to July 1923 by Birmingham Council.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The 1928 amateur TT and Norton

-SG- Tim Hunt's 1928 Amateur TT win aboard a CS1 has been mentioned before and a special leaflet was produced to celebrate this -  scans attached courtesy of Ian. The bike may well have been that used by Tim in the Scottish Six Days Trial and it would be interesting to know what work was done on it to make it suitable for the IOM ...

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The 1927 Norton leaflet

-SG- again from Ian - and quite difficult to copy - but here it is, the 1927 foldout leaflet containing all models like the Dry Sump Models 21 and 25 above.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Model 16H Norton, sidecar and caravan

-JdK- James in the UK sent these pics and the text below; the bike could be a late 1930s Model 16H Norton.

James: "While sifting through my dad's old family photos, I found this one of us on holiday, it was taken around 1954 ... I was aged 5. Sadly he died in 2012. On the back it says ... Typical hedges of Devon... If I recall correctly it was a Norton 500cc.

He built the 'caravan' at home in the back garden ... very simple affair ... it had two fold down canvas hammock beds for me and my sister ... mum and dad slept on the floor on a double air bed ... The rear wall opened up to form a roof, it had two legs, with side screens to form a kitchen/ washing room.

My mum looks as if she is posing side saddle ... gauntlets on the roof of the sidecar ... you can just make out the pilots goggles on her forehead ... perhaps one of the first motorcycle combinations towing a caravan.. ?

Another was taken in North Wales around 1958 

I have very fond memories of our holidays to Devon ...  three days travelling from near Glasgow, an epic trip in these days ... later on he allowed me to ride pillion ..."