Wednesday, 25 April 2018

c1912 Model 3 1/2 Norton

-SG- The rather grainy image attached shows Mr L Pitcher who achieved a perfect score in the February 1912 Christchurch - Banks Peninsular and return event  (New Zealand) on his Norton. This was no mean achievement, bearing in mind the very basic nature of New Zealand roads at the time.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Norton parts - SOLD

-JdK- Jiri has SOLD the parts in the pics for sale; he would like to sell this as a lot for 1300 GBP. The gearbox is an early thirties Sturmey Archer EIV four speed. Please contact us fro Jiri's mail address.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Fact or Figment ...

-SG- Respected professional photographer Don Morley has written various motorcycle books including one on Nortons. His Moore CS1 - which he may or may not still own - has been pictured in various of them and I attach a print of it dating from around 1980.  It is, dare I say it, a 'typical of the period' restoration with some over-plating, the wrong carb., wrong magneto, and from what little I can see, an incorrect gearbox.

However, what may be important, if correct, is that Morley states it is actually Woods' 1927 works machine on which he achieved a record lap in the '27 TT. The registration number appears to be JO 8834 (issued from Jne. 1930 to Apr. 1934 by Oxford Council).  I feel this suggestion is doubtful, if for no other reasons than that the timing cover of this machine is of the regular CS1 production machine shape, and that the late 1927 road test of a CS1 with another registration number OP8644 (issued from Aug. 1926 to July 1927 by Birmingham Council), is stated as being the TT lap record holder as well as winner of the Swiss GP.

It would be interesting to have frame and engine numbers to check it out, especially as I have not, hitherto, been able to find entries in the records for the 1927 works CS1s or ES2s.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Norton in Australia

-JdK; from a reader- Here in West Australia we have an annual ride between Boyanup and Nannup through some extremely interesting and beautiful countryside that includes rolling hills, some steeper ones, farming country and tall timber forests covering about 150 miles. The road conditions vary to keep it interesting, but mostly easy riding with a few challenges for the Veterans. The weekend is called “The Roaring Twenties” ride and is open to all pre 1931 bikes.

There were more than 40 bikes with a very low attrition rate. All Nortons completed the entire run I think. Of most interest to those that visit this site were the Nortons, but there were a couple of early saddle tank examples as well.

Friday, 6 April 2018

John's 1928 Model CS1 Norton

-JdK- John from the UK contacted us:

"I worked for NVT in Wolverhampton in the early 70's, later I spent 20 years with Rover Group and later still did 3 years at UAV engines (son of Norton, sort-of). I specialise in ignition systems and starters and alternators and currently work part time for a lovely company called Ark Racing, designing starters, alternators and flywheels for competition vehicles. I'm due to retire soon and the CS1 is my retirement project!

My CS1 (in the pictures) was first registered on 7th April 1928, Reg no. OX7551, engine number 390XX and frame number 323XX according to the buff log book. Sturmey Archer 3 speed close ratio gearbox (2.33:1, 1.33:1 and of course 1:1 i.e the same ratios as a 4 speed Inter box but minus third gear), engine appears relatively unmolested but not fully investigated yet. A few parts have gone missing over the years. The previous owner dropped the bike in about 1961 and fully intended to rebuild it, buying one or two new parts, but it never went back on the road. Someone had replaced the original carb with a later Amal instrument, but apart from that, the dents and the missing bits, everything looks pretty well as it left Bracebridge Street.

Known missing or incorrect parts: Rear mudguard / stays and tool box (No. 4355 or No. 4359?), 1 x 4060 valve spring top collar (I had 5 made from EN24T steel so I've got 3 spare plus 1 original which had been lightened / bodged. If anyone needs one or two I can supply at cost), No. 4136 - vertical shaft tube union ring and its sealing washer, No. 4310 double barrel silencer, rear stand (I've got an Indian one that has to be lengthened), No. 4704 Clutch Cover, No 4709 Rear Chain Guard (I've got a Velo one that can be modified I think), and sundry control levers and cables etc. There are probably some other bits, wrong or missing, that I haven't found out about yet, but if you know of anyone who might be able to help please contact this website"

Friday, 23 March 2018

1930 Model 19 Norton

-JdK- Richard of Red Devil Motors contributed this photo of two chaps and a 1930 Model 19 Norton - probably in India.

Friday, 16 March 2018

1920s Norton engine parts - SOLD

-JdK- Tino in Italy has SOLD these Norton parts for sale; please contact us when you are interested. "I have had these Norton parts for a very long time in the garage. I do not think they can serve me and I decided to sell them. There are two cylinders for a 500 cc SV with pistons and connecting rod, an OHV cylinder, a 1920s crankcase and a 7 "connecting rod. For the complete lot I am asking €500 plus shipping costs."

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

1925 Model 18 Norton

-JdK- Paul in the UK sent these photos of his recent purchase: "This old Norton is a March 1925 registered bike, Model 18 OHV and from the Norton records is matching engine and frame, also it was fitted with Webb forks from new.

The bike was purchased second-hand in 1931 and was uprated by the then owner for racing by fitting slightly heavier TT Webb forks, a 7” Horton front hub and a Mousetrap carburettor. What looks like the correct 1925 forks were put on a shelf and are with the bike. The Norton was raced locally and used for transport with and without a sidecar (see enclosed photographs).

The old log books show the sidecar was added in 1936, from 1942 the log book is stamped up with the Midland Region Ministry of Fuel and Power, until the last stamping in 1945. A lot of the old Tax discs are with the bike from 1928 onwards.

The bike was then laid up until the Grandson of the 1931 owner, decided to sell the bike in its time warp condition. I have just fitted a well-worn seat to replace the one that was too far gone, the exhaust system was non-existent, I looked on my shelfs to find a brand new racing exhaust all rusty, this fitted on to the brackets on the bike like a glove, I must have had the pipe hung up for 20 years, I do not collect Norton’s so I have no idea where it came from, fate perhaps...

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

1932 Model 40 Norton - For sale

-JdK- Rob is selling his 1932 Model 40 Norton; in his own words: "Because of too many projects I have decided to sell my Model 40 Norton. It is in full racing trim. It was imported from Belgium in 1967. The bike left the Norton works in december 1931 and was exported to dealer Bresleau in Belgium. Matching numbers, rare Sturmey Archer 4 speed gearbox type IV, BTH racing magneto. For more history click this link." Contact Rob directly at

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Bill Lacey ... and daughter

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-JdK- Simon in the UK sent this tuning article on Bill Lacey and his (former-hairdresser) daughter/assistant in the Motor Cycle 9th Feb 1961. The sort of article that gets lost if not archived somewhere public