Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Rikard's 1931 Model CS1 Norton

Rikard bought his CS1 norton new in 1931 at the age of 20 and kept it untill he passed away at the age of 69. The pictures above were taken in 1931, 1946, 1953 and 1969 respectively. Read the whole story on Paul's blog!

Friday, 23 January 2009

The 1929 M18 Norton

I really like this bike; more on Paul's blog.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Parts for Sale

BTH MD1: rebuilt

For sale: BTH MD1 magneto. Anticlockwise, was fitted to a Model 30 Norton. Has been recently rebuilt, rewound and new capacitor fitted. Ready to fit!

Amal 10TTRN carburetter. 27.7 mm bore. In very good condition.

Gear levers; very nice replicas of the levers fitted to Sturmey-Archer gearboxes.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The CS1 Works records

The VMCC archive holds the original Norton works records. These records can be searched for data regarding your Norton's engine and frame numbers. This results in extracts as depicted; the one below is for my CS1's frame (frame No. 446xx), the one above for the engine as currently fitted (engine No. 53742).
Clearly, the engine left the factory in another frame, but, the frame is a genuine 1931 CS1. The engine may be from a CS1 or a M30 International but that's hardly relevant as a later cylinder head has been fitted. The record for the frame indicates that the bike left the factory as a special, sporting a specially tuned engine, foot change and a right hand exhaust. I really like the remark about "tuned for monoplane fuel" which indicates it must have been fitted with a seriously high compression piston. This confirms again that the Norton factory was very easy on what they sold to the public; whatever you wanted and paid for you could have, which makes it hard to define what's 'original' or not.

This must have been one of the fastest Norton's you could buy in 1931 when the M30 International still had to be launched. Unfortunately, someone blew up the engine and it had to be replaced. At least it was used as the maker intended!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Bronze cylinder head

Took it apart, which took some time because I do not have a suitable tool to remove the hairpin type valve springs. To be honest, the valves and guides will last for another season but I should start looking for replacements.

Look at that polished inlet port!

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Taking the CS1 engine apart

Dismantling a Norton OHC engine is not difficult; it takes no more than 8 bolts to remove cambox, head and barrel.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Literature, Manuals, Brochures

Unapproachable...The Story of the Norton by Titch Allen
The Story of the Norton Part 1
The Story of the Norton Part 2
The Story of the Norton Reader's comments

Cammy Norton details and rebuilds
Sorting out the International Norton by Phil Heath
Rebuilding the Carroll SOHC engine by Paul Reed
Notes on reassembly of the Cammy engine by George Cohen
Norton - By Jim Sheldon

Pitcher Bros catalogue 1910
Brochure DT Models 1930
The Motor Cycle Overseas Annual and Buyers' Guide 1925, Norton section
The 1922 Norton brochure
The 1923 Norton brochure
The 1923 Mc Crae and Pascoe Norton brochure
The 1924 Norton brochure
The 1926 Norton brochure
The 1927 Leaflet
The 1928 Norton brochure
The 1928 Norton folder
The new Models for 1928
The 1929 Norton brochure
The 1929 Leaflet
The 1930 Norton brochure
The 1930 Norton folder
The 1930 Leaflet
The 1930 Model 20 and 22 folder
The 1931 Norton brochure
The 1931 Leaflet
The 1932 Norton brochure
The 1932 Leaflet
The 1933 Norton brochure
The 1933 Leaflet
The 1934 Norton brochure
The 1935 Norton brochure
The 1936 Leaflet
The 1936 Norton pricelist
The 1937 Norton brochure

Norton Maintenance Instructions
Maintenance and Instructions 1925
Maintenance and Instructions c1929
Maintenance and Instructions 1930
Maintenance and Instructions WD16H 1940
Maintenance and Instructions 1950s Models 16H, Big Four, 18, ES2
Service Series 1937-on Model 18 and ES2 engine restoration
Service Series 1935-1940 Model 16H and Big Four

Norton Tuning Instructions
1925 Tuning Instructions
Preparation for racing; Models 30 and 40 International, 30M, 40M

Norton Spare Parts Lists
Norton Motorcycle Parts for 1915
Norton Motorcycle Parts for 1925 and all previous models
Norton Motorcycle Parts for 1926 and 1927 Models
Norton Motorcycle Spares subsequent to 1928
Norton Motorcycle Parts for CS1 and ES2 c1929
Norton Motorcycle Spares CS1, ES2, 22 subsequent to 1930
Norton Motorcycle Spares diamond frame models subsequent to 1930
Norton Motorcycle Parts subsequent to 1931
Norton Spare Parts List All Models subsequent to 1933
Norton Spare Parts List All Models subsequent to 1936
Norton WD16H Spare Parts List
Supplementary List of Spare Parts 1939

Norton Instruction Manuals
Instruction Manual c1933
Instruction Manual c1934
Instruction Manual c1936
Instruction Manual 1939

Sturmey Archer 4-Speed Book of Instructions and Spare parts list
Sturmey Archer 3-Speed Book of Instructions and Spare parts list
Sturmey Archer Parts and Instructions 1916
Sturmey Archer CS type 3-speed gearbox instructions 1926
Sturmey Archer CS type gearbox instructions 1929
Sturmey Archer footchange 1931

Brown and Barlow folder
Amal TT carburetters
Amal carburetter list for Norton
1930 Amal booklet covering 1923-1930
Mills carburetters 1923

Lucas Magdyno 1929
M-L Maglita 1925
M-L Magnetos instruction book 1927
M-L Maglita 1930
Lucas E3 E25 Dynamo
Lucas Electric Lighting and Ignition Equipment 
CAV magneto folder 1922

Other parts
Best and Lloyd oilpumps 1927
1938 Benton and Stone (ENOTS) catalogue
The Bowden steering damper
Druid forks 1925
Horton hubs c1923
Pistons, rings, pins
John Bull rubber 1931

Friday, 16 January 2009

For Sale and Wanted

Contact us by email ( when you are interested in a deal!

A 1950s Amal Remote Needle TT carb (1 1/16") and an early Binks (1"), both in very good condition to swap (preferably!) or for sale (see below); the RN now has a remote float chamber similar to the one in the pic.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Unapproachable...The Story of the Norton

Click the links below for a PDF of Titch Allen's 'The Story of the Norton'. The files are large so allow some time  for downloads.

Part 1
Part 2
Reader's comments