Monday, 10 March 2014
-Martin Shelley- Hereby pictures of an alleged 1922 Brooklands Road Special (BRS, or Model 8) Norton in the Norfolk Motorcycle Museum. They show what is an obviously genuine and original machine.
Andrew Neall from the museum writes about the history of the bike as follows "Our BRS was bought new in Norwich by a gentleman named George Swain. He was employed, during the last world war, to photograph bomb damage in Norwich. The bike was then bought by a bicycle shop owner and wheeler dealer named 'Dodger' Kerrison and remains in the ownership of the family. The bike is in original condition apart from a new seat cover."
With a 1923 registration from Kent it's perhaps one of the newest belt drive Nortons to survive and later than anything else I have seen. There are lots of other interesting details which can be seen in the attached images. Crucially it has a piecrust-edged tank, while all the others seem to have plain-edged tanks (although actually many - if not most - have replica tanks!)
I doubt it's really a BRS as by that stage the direct belt drive model was simply referred to as the Model 9 ... (note: the BRS and BS (Brooklands Special, or Model 7) models were no more than bikes with engines that had been tested in a slave frame by O'Donovan at Brooklands. They had exceeded 70 and 75 mph respectively. There was no special tuning involved however; there was a lot of variation in the parts used to build the engines and performance could vary by as much as 10 mph as a result).
The rather poor picture of the Model 9 from the 1922 parts list (above) shows many of the same features as the Norfolk bike, except interestingly the front drum brake.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014
-JdK- Jacques in France sent this postcard (above) of Stanley and his 1926 ON7170-registered dry sump Norton. An intriguing machine that featured on this website before and probably is his 1926 TT winner. Surprisingly it has a flat tank in the picture above and pannier tanks in the photo below!
The pannier tanks were prone to leakage and perhaps that is why it has a regular racing tank fitted on the occasion above. For what it is worth, the machine ridden by Alec Bennett in the 1926 TT did not have pannier tanks fitted either.
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Saturday, 1 February 2014
Friday, 31 January 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
-JdK- For sale at Andy Tiernan's: a very nice Model 16H Norton. The machine was first registered on the 2nd of January 1926 and it is running.
Wheels and front forks have been replaced and a few brackets and chain guards are missing. The important parts look quite correct to me. The new owner will face a difficult decision as it looks brilliant as is and may look pretty boring dressed in fresh paint. If it were mine I would carefully clean and rebuild the machine, try to find the correct bits and pieces, wheels and Druids in the same condition and preferably leave it to that.
Monday, 27 January 2014
-JdK- Contributed by Dennis; the Norton content from 'The Motor Cycle Overseas Annual and Buyers' Guide 1925".