NORTON MOTORCYLES FOR SALE
not enough to expect a man to pay for the best,
also give him what he has paid for”
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any old Norton motorcycles.
The mechanical efficiency of a machine is the ratio of
useful work done by a machine to the amount of work given to the machine.
Engineers always try to increase the efficiency of a machine by reducing to a
minimum the frictional losses caused by the bearings, gear-wheels, moving parts
and lubricant. Attention paid to the assembly of all components, and
that of the engine, is rewarded by more power and enhanced reliability.
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THE BIG NEWS IS THAT I AM SELLING UP
THE WHOLE LOT
my health is currently not good and i have decided to
sell, sell, sell
machines, spares, tools and literature....
have valued the whole lot at about £500,000.
I would like to sell the whole lot to one rich person.
guess is that this person does not exist, which means I will have to sell to
me this is a drag. Currently I have not got the time or energy to deal with
lots of people.
will, however, sell to genuine persons.
collection of Nortons is one of the best in the
bikes are well sorted and well documented.
you are a genuine buyer the email at email@example.com
phone 01460 52646 07887 996864
of the motorcycles can be seen somewhere on this website.
go into hospital for major surgery on December 10th;
from Dec 9th until after xmas I will be
out of action!!!!
1. My trailer; PRG Engineering, Crewe. Unladen 1200kg, Max gross
“600kg. Galvanised chassis in perfect condition. No
rust and no bashes. overall dimensions: 20ft long 7ft
4 inches wide and 8ft high. GH awning with sides 16 X 8ft carries 3 bikes
easily. Sleeps two on bunks in front and as many as you like in the back! 3-way fridge, cooker and
hob, 240 volt hook up, 12 volt leisure battery. About 15 years old. Kept under shelter. Used for Goodwood,
Isle of Man, continental events etc Now a bit tatty
around the edges. The awning has no tears. Needs new leisure
battery, new tap and new igniter in the fridge.
Complete with tie-downs, porta-loo kettle, kitchen
stuff, and bog roll. Plus a day or two tidying up.
Everything you need to go racing with your mates! A snip at £7,500. A rich friend of mine has just spent
£30,000 having a similar one built.Click on these 4
jpg links for pictures trailer1.JPG trailer2.JPG trailer3.JPG trailer4.JPG
2. My archive literature; originally bought from the Norton
family about 40 years ago. Used for my book Flat Tank Norton.
Hundreds of original documents going back to 1905, manuals, parts lists, sales
catalogues, original correspondence to Jas L Norton, hundreds of original
photographs. Using eBay as a price guide; I estimate that if you had the time
to sell each item individually, there would be about £100,000 worth. But that
would be a shame. The whole lot needs to go to one enthusiast. I would accept
£25,000 for the lot; and there is a lot!!
Two pictures of my latest find, a c1906 Norton with a 292cc JAP motor.
Norton used engines from Clement, Moto Reve, Peugeot, JAP and according
to his advertising literature he would fit any type of engine the customer
could supply. He used to call them “Norton”!!!!
my book, FLAT TANK NORTON, on page 10 there is the original advertising for
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c1916 Big 4;
ex military £16,000
Sorry too late SOLD c1916 Big Four.
the freshly painted petrol tank!
Bantam front brake
inch Enfield rear hub and brake (I want to stop it)
supplied to Russia in WW1 and rescued by a Californian.
5. c1927 Model
18; the very best Flat Tanker in the world; owned by me since 1985. £35,000; yup a lot of money but it is the very best. Ready
to go, in perfect condition and will give the lucky new owner my complete
spares kit which includes an engine, the original petrol tank (currently it has
an aluminium tank that looks just like the original but it is not troubled by
modern fuels and is a lot lighter). Click on pictures for a bigger ones
c1934 Model 30 £25,000
6. Click on image for a bigger one!
Built from the best original and NEW parts from my
stores. Taxed and Tested; V5c.
Frame (no. 4xxxx) is from a rare 600cc model. Stripped,
checked, straight and NEW
Forks, Stripped, checked, straight and NEW paint.
Re-conditioned with NEW
spindles, bushes, nuts, serrated washers, stainless jaw-joint pins etc.
Front wheel. Original Inter hub, NEW bearings, NEW brake linings, NEW spindle, NEW rim & spokes
Rear wheel. Original ‘cotton
reel’ hub, NEW
British made sprocket/brake drum, NEW brake shoes, NEW rim & spokes
Petrol tank. A NOS (NEW old stock) chrome
plated tank (an unbelievable find in America) with NEW paint and NEW petrol taps. Original knee
Oil Tank. NEW made replica, NEW chrome, NEW fasteners and
Gearbox, totally re-conditioned close ratio. All NEW cogs and NEW mainshaft.
Engine. An all alloy Model 30,
500cc. NEW big end,
NEW main bearings. NEW cam
shaft bearings, NEW
vertical shaft bearings. NEW piston, NEW valves, NEW guides, NEW hairpin valve springs; basically NEW everything. With correct TT carb’ and either a Lucas
or BTH racing magneto. Full blue print motor; all parts polished,
lightened and balanced. (ala Francis Beart). Engine will be run in and tuned on my Dynamometer
and a full BHP graph established, using the machines own exhaust system. I
expect about 42 BHP (factory was 35)
NEW handlebars, all
original levers with NEW
NEW saddle and bum pad. NEW mudguards and stays.
All the cables are NEW.
chains and sprockets.
Here is a fantastic opportunity to buy a great motorcycle. If you are looking
for a ‘matching numbers’ and ‘original’ machine then this one is not for you.
If you are looking for a machine to ride at a fast speed with all the appeal of
a thoroughbred thirties racer and you like pretending to be Tim Hunt, Stanley
Woods, Jimmy Guthrie, Crasher White or Freddy Frith, then here it is!
Any motorcycle which is 70 years
old will probably be unreliable because it is half way to being shagged out!
Metal fatigue in many components in combination with worn bearings, bushes and
the consequential vibration
I have built this machine to make
it as reliable as possible. Every bearing is NEW, about 98% of
all the fasteners are NEW.
It is a shame that only Dr.Who in his Tardis can turn the clock back to a time when you buy a NEW Inter’. So unless you
can persuade him to pick one up on his travels, this is the next best
opportunity to get a NEW
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c 1937 model 30
Goodwood festival of Speed 2014
The latest picture shows the engine at the beginning of
September 2013 and just about ready for assembly. Everything has been
scrumptiously cleaned, all the male and female threads cleaned (and occaisionally repaired). The crankcases have all the oil
ways drilled out and blanking plugs re-fitted. New main bearings and retaining
plates are ready to be fitted. The crank is ready, the big end was not
replaced, because it was perfect on inspection and the flywheels are true to
0.001 inch. The exhaust port thread has been repaired. The cylinder head has
been cleaned, the valve guide holes reamed to round and parallel and new guides
made to suit. New valves and springs are ready to be fitted. The bevel housings
and associated parts are all fettled and new bearings ready to be fitted. The
piston will be either the modified 16H one which came out or probably a new
0.020 inch genuine Inter one. New little end and pin. Cambox
is cleaned and fettled. Polished and lightened rockers with
new adjusters and pads. Manx cams and new bearings, seals and corks all
ready to go in.
I just picked up this fine looking machine which had been in
a shed for the past thirty years. From the late thirties to the late seventies
it was raced as a solo and with a sidecar. It won a lot of championships, Sand
Races, Hill Climbs. Note the all alloy engine, large petrol and oil tanks, unusual spoke pattern on the front wheel. I plan to sort out
all the engineering, but KEEP the tatty finish. What this space for regular
The next 4 pictures show: the rolling chassis finished with
fully rebuilt CR Manx gearbox, reconditioned forks, new bum pad and new patina
red lining to the tanks.
7. 1952 Daytona Manx, Klamfoth’s
winning machine £50,000
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Freddy Spencer (in the white leathers) and others thru’ the Goodwood
Now returned to original 1952 specification and ready to
race again. Guaranteed entry at Goodwood Revival and FoSpeed. Full documented history.
Goodwood Revival 2012
At the 2012 Goodwood Revival
meeting, hosted by The Earl of March in impeccable style, I raced my 1952 Daytona
Manx Norton with Maria Costello as my celebrity riding partner. We fulfilled our aim to finish both races.
The weekend started badly with miserable rainy weather and a spark plug that
fouled up after just 100 yards of our 30 minute practice and qualifying
session. Hence no practice for me to check if the bike was running properly and
even more significant was the fact that Maria never got to ride the bike before
the race!Maria is a top class rider of modern
machines and she has made the podium in the Isle of Man TT races on two
occasions. Her excellence for the sport has been recognized by an MBE, no less.
A ‘Garden Gate’ Norton is a quite a different machine from a modern Japanese
race bike; the gear change is on the other side, the brakes are almost useless,
the power is about one quarter and the handling is terrible, all in comparison
to a machine 60 years younger. But as far as old Norton race bikes, go, I was
confident that we had a solid mount for the event and I was equally sure that
my partner would quickly adapt to an old ‘plonker’.
With no lap time we ‘qualified’ last, 30th position; it could only
A new NGK was fitted and all our problems were solved and
the engine was again sounded strong with a loud rasp from the megaphone.
The event involves two riders and two races, Maria to start
on the Saturday race and hand over to me half way through the 25 minutes and vis a versa on the Sunday. There
is a Le Mans type start with the rider running across the track to the running
bike, being held ready by our faithful pit attendant, Clint Alexander. For both
races our bike was in neutral, with Clint holding the throttle, and both Maria
and I failed to engage first gear and we both mucked up the starts, leaving us
trailing the field. In retrospect the bike should have been in first gear and
the clutch held in, I think many of our competitors were using this tactic to
get a super fast getaway.
From last on the grid the bike was as fast on the first lap
as on our 28th and last and we finished both races to come in an
overall 15th which was very pleasing. Despite the tendency to wobble
in fast bends, a few missed gear changes, and a fair amount of vibration, the
whole package held together, where as many other bikes dropped by the way side
with either serious or minor ailments. The only spanner I used all weekend was
the one to change the spark plug!
We were up against an MV Augusta, super quick BMWs, Rudges, Nortons (both original
and newly made replicas), Velocettes, Vincents, Triumphs, BSA, Matchless and pilots with
significant World Championship, Superbike and Isle of Man experience. I was
undoubtedly the least experienced (and possibly the worst ) rider in the field.
“Give me Goodwood on a sunny day and you can
forget the rest”
Bobber or Bommie Dobber
is one of my latest Specials, a c1959 600 Model 99 motor,
crank, blue print motor
rigid frame, Long Roadholders
Norton International-Manx Special
Every part is brand
new, bar the engine.
Frame is chrome-moly (T45) tube to Manx specification.
New Short Roadholder forks, Works Racing billet yokes.
New ally Manx type
hubs and new wheels.
New 5 speed, Hemmings gearbox with kickstart.
aluminium tanks, front cowling, seat
New leather seat.
New ally clip ons, levers and controls.
New Bob Newby belt
drive and clutch
Engine is a SOHC
International with Manx type head and barrel (large fins).
It was completely
rebuilt by me (all new bearings, pistons, valves etc) and has been carefully
run in, by me for about 300 miles in another rolling chassis. It performs very
well indeed. I have ridden the machine on various runs and trips to the pub
this past summer.
It is an absolute
hit every where!
Much easier and better for
the road than a DOHC short stroke.
OHV engine and spares
on application and only when you are in my workshop.
ALSO Does anyone want to buy my house?
Go to Right Move; type in my post code TA19 0PU
Offer me £725,000 and she is all yours!!!!
Buy my house and all the Norton contents for £1,250,000 ono
I might even throw in the website!
and you can be
But you can’t have my wife!!!!
Click to see a larger picture of the one and only
VALENTINO ROSSI on my Norton lowboy
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 with another Yamaha
star, PHIL READ
US 8 bearings for sale, see spares page
NEW on the FLOPHOUSE PAGE....latest
projects from the shed
Take a look!
engine rebuild manual.
I am currently writing a comprehensive manual, should be
finished by the end of this year.
This delightful lady is Kitten Von Mews and she is posing
outside my Goodwood Revival Shed
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John McGuiness (21 times an IOM TT winner) on my
Norton at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Belstaff have opened a
new shop in NewBond St;
this is my table in
the GSR room, go take a look...
Belstaff shop in Milan,
Here is another
table made from scrap engine and gearbox parts and other bits I bought on ebay
Riding a 260 lb special gives you a big grin!
This is a 350 cc OHC, loud and fast!
Karl-Heinz Kalbfell (1949-2013)
On the 17th August 2013 my good friend
Karl-Heinz was competing at Brands Hatch
the Lansdowne series on his Matchless G50 when he slid off exiting Druids
and was hit my
another rider sustaining fatal injuries. He was a great man who loved riding
both on and off the
race track. My deepest sympathies to his family.
There was a young girl from East Horton
With odd tits, one long and one short’un
On top of that
She had a huge great twat
And a fart like a 500 Norton
To see a very funny video click on TheKnack.mpg
This is also very
"We desire to emphasize, as we have done in the past, that Norton machines are not built to a price. The
finest possible materials procurable and the highest quality workmanship are
used throughout in the manufacture of theses".
quote from the 1926 catalogue.
Click here for a picture of a couple of great BikerChicks_0.jpg
On my website are a number of
Specials I have built, including ‘Cam-cam’, ‘The dunhill Flyer’ and the
All in different shades of Silver
and Grey. Very light weight and very trick. OHC or OHV motors.
Each one is bespoke. Contact me for
2015 I have the parts to build one more
Click on these
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2007
Made by skilled craftsmen in Lancashire and
ALL SOLD OUT
The pictures show the sidecar almost complete; a few
details need to be finished and then the aluminium polished to a mirror finish.
The upholstery is very expensive red leather, but a choice of colour is
available. The frame is ash and the aluminium is a 1mm skin.
The machine is a special made from a 1920 JAP 1000cc
S.V. and a Norton rolling chassis. The nose fairing is from an airplane (I
think either Spitfire Mk. 5 or Viscount?).
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from USA bought one to put on his Brough Superior,
are the pictures of a fine outfit:
Manx For Sale, click for details hailwoodmanx.jpg
MOTORCYCLES ALWAYS WANTED...GOOD