Thursday, 26 November 2015

c1927 Model 18 Norton

-JdK- This photo was sent by Brendan in Victoria BC, Canada. Brendan's father recently found this photograph of his father Arthur McAreavy, likely taken in Belfast around 1928.

The registration was issued in Belfast. The Norton is a late 1920s OHV Model, likely a Model 18. The wide tank, narrow front mudguard, flat mudguard stays and tank top toolbox suggest a sporty machine so it could also be a Model 25; not enough detail to be sure though.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

c1925 Model 16H Norton

-JdK- Rich sent these pictures of a c1925 Model 16H Norton. YL6151 was issued between July and November 1925 by London C.C.. Unusually, it is fitted with Webb front forks - considered more sporting than the Druid forks usually fitted to the 16H.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Vintage Norton parts and motorcycles for sale

-JdK- George is selling lots of Norton spares and motorcycles, including the Model 18 above; please contact him via his website to enquire.

Friday, 13 November 2015

For sale - vintage Norton parts

-JdK- Karl-Olof in Sweden is selling vintage Norton parts. These are spares that were stored since the 1980s.

note: CS gearbox is sold already

Note: some parts in the pics were sold already (to me). Look in the list below to see what is still available. Further, Karl-Olof would like to sell all flat-tank parts in one batch to one person. So he would prefer not to sell the tanks without the wheels unless you make him a very generous offer.

  • Fork and wheels from a 1927 Norton. Unfortunately fork column and top of fork blade is increased 30 mm to fit another frame.
  • Petrol tank and oil tank of a 1927 Model 16 H in very nice condition
  • Brake pedal, primary cover, magdyno platform, c1927
  • Rear wheel with integral drum 1925/1926
  • Front wheel 1929-1930
  • S-A  CS flat tank gear change unit 
  • S-A 1929-1930 gear change unit. 
  • Brake drum, ES2 cover.
  • CS gearbox shell/ cover  1927-1928 (empty)
  • ES2 cams - 1928-30   
  • W7 cams  1929 
  • Webb/ Norton  handlebar clips 1926-1929 (replica)
  • Frame Model 16H 1929 in very bad condition
  • Brakedrum and sprocket
Contact VINTAGENORTON.COM when you are interested in making Karl-Olof an offer.

Note: Webb handlebar clips sold already

Sunday, 8 November 2015

1906 V-twin Nortons

-JdK- Three 1906 Nortons. Note the color of the tank of the Norton on the left.

-Roger- Delightful picture of the Norton team using the 700cc Peugeot V-twin engine at Birmingham MCC race, Rose Hill, 1906, where they set the world speed record. Pa Norton is third from the right with his father next to him (second from right). Note the cap/lapel badges. The registrations are both April 1905 but Norton moved them on to the new models each year. They could do this as the frame numbers were not recorded in the registers until 1921.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

1922 Norton advert

-SG- Here's a scan from Alan of the November 1922 Norton advert from  Motor Cycle - the first year that the 490cc OHV model was exhibited. Although the image is very small, note the tiny front brake and the kick-starter-less CS racing gear box on this model.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The book about Niels' bike

-JdK- Niels completed his book on the Garden Gate Manx! Contact him on to order a copy.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

1932 Model 30/CS1 Norton

-JdK- An email from Ian in the UK:

"I bought a 1951 ES2 (in bits) of a man named John in Leamington Spa some 5 years ago. Next to it was a 1949 Inter that he would not sell as it had been his father's who was a big Norton man. I got the ES2 up and running and gave John a ring with the bike running in the background. A lady answered the mobile to tell me John had died two days before. 

After getting the bike insured I took the bike down to show Johns widow she was over the moon to hear and see it after 18 years. I kept in touch and some years later was asked if I would like to buy the Inter! When we agreed a price she asked if I would like to buy all of Johns spares in her garage.

After rebuilding the '49 inter set to work going through the stuff properly. Included was an interesting frame, at first I presumed an ES2 as it had Roadholder forks attached, on later inspection it's a 1932 Model 30 with aftermarket plunger rear end.

I rebuilt it with more bits and bobs and Manx bits, magnesium cam box, CS1 bottom end, Manx tank,  BSA Gold Star front wheel. Who knows more about this frame/bike? Frame no 30. 48845."

Thursday, 8 October 2015

1920s Sturmey Archer gearchange - SOLD

-JdK- Adrian in the UK has SOLD decided to sell his 'new old stock condition' Sturmey Archer gearchange unit 'as is'. It is a CS gearchange as used on 3 speed flat tank Nortons from about 1920 to 1928. The unit came from Titch Allen in the 1970's.

Contact us when you're interested in making Adrian an offer.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Norton - By Jim Sheldon

Click this link for the PDF

-SG- Aberdonian Jim Sheldon was an early and enthusiastic member of the VMCC in UK, who died in the early sixties. He is perhaps best known these days for his slim but useful book 'Veteran and Vintage Motorcycles' (1961), which traces the development of UK motorcycles up to around 1930. Jim also contributed to 'Motor Cycling', and was the author of a potted history of Nortons which appeared in August 1957. This in turn, generated a couple of interesting letters from Ike Cohen (Sturmey Archer gear box designer, amongst other things) and J Lansdown Norton (Pa Norton's son).  Scans are available via this link.