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|This is another picture taken at the annual Biggar Vintage and Veteran Car Rally. I don稚 profess to know much about motorcycles, being more conversant with four wheeled vehicles, but this was a particularly well turned-out Norton motorcycle and I couldn稚 resist a picture of its engine. Motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to tell me exactly which model this is, I am sure.|
The original Norton company was formed by James Norton in Birmingham in 1898. In 1902 he began building motorcycles with French and Swiss engines. In 1907 Norton won the twin-cylinder class in the first Isle of Man TT race, beginning a sporting tradition that went on until the 1960s - The Isle of Man Senior TT, the most prestigious of events, was won by Nortons ten times between the wars and then every year from 1947 to 1954. J.L. Norton died in 1925 aged only 56, but he saw his motorcycles win the Senior and sidecar TTs in 1924.
The CamShaft One (CS1) engine appeared in 1927, with a redesign in 1930, and that decade spawned the Norton racing legend. Of the nine Isle of Man Senior TTs (500 cc) between 1931 and 1939 Norton won seven.
Norton motorcycles were used extensively during the Second World War and were popular with motorcyclists who enjoyed the reliability of their single-cylinder engines. But their popularity waned with the advent of multicylinder engines from other British manufactures such as Ariel and Triumph and latterly from Japanese competition, and the company sold out to Associated Motorcycles who also owned Matchless, AJS, Francis-Barnett amd James. The name was revived and later some motorcycles were made using the rotary Wankel engine, though production ceased in the early 1990痴.
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Hi John..great shot...well composed, sharp and great subject.
A very crisp shot of this machinery.
I use to ride motorcycles in my youth but never owned a Norton.
Its always difficult to decide where to crop a shot like this - how much of the bike to include.
I think you have got this just right.
- [2007-09-24 11:14]
Hi John, a very nice shot of a great bike. This is a pre-second world war model as evidenced by the sprung saddle and the girder fornt forks (you can just see the edge of the front coil spring at the top right of the pic). I would guess it is from around 1935 to 1938. It has been beautifully rebuilt and is obviously someone's pride and joy. It is probably a Model 18 500cc which was built from 1922 until the 1950's with improvements over the years. I really must go and get my anorak out of the cupboard...!
Best regards, Les
- [2008-08-29 1:22]
A great photo of a fantastic bike great composition and sharp colours. I have ridden motorbikes for a number of years now and I love to go to vintage shows to see british bikes in all their glory. Well done.
- [2009-06-05 2:01]
Lovely shot of the Norton, I think you have croped in just right on the heart of the machine, nice shot of a grand british classic. TFS