Flatout Riding Press Release: Flatout Riding, based in Whakatane is a newly formed ‘classic’ motorcycle tour company which offers riders the opportunity to tour on one of ten immaculately presented and restored 1975 MKIII Norton Commando’s. Offering guided tours through some of New Zealand’s stunning scenery – we have hand-picked a selection of the best [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Peter Williams John Player Norton – First Look Only 25 of these “monocoque” Commando replicas will be built.
Four decades ago, Peter Williams won the 1973 Isle of Man F750 TT on a motorcycle of his own design, lapping at 107.27 mph (not far off Mike Hailwood’s 1967 outright record on a works Honda). Not bad for an air-cooled, pushrod Norton Commando engine. Always an innovator, Williams claims credit for all sorts of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
IOMTT Press Release: British Motorcycle manufacturer Norton has confirmed that it will enter two 500cc Manx Norton’s in the inaugural Isle of Man Classic TT Races, which takes place for the first time this year on the Isle of Man at the end of August. TT riders Dan Hegarty and Ian Mackman will represent the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Norton Motorcycles Press Release: Norton Motorcycles Ltd. announced today that it has completed the purchase of historic Donington Hall, which will serve as its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities. Situated on 26 acres of classic English countryside and located within the Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit race complex, the new head office and production [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Do you like riding vintage bikes but get completely tired of the bull$#!t? Yeah, me, too. That’s why I bought back my 1974 Norton 850 Commando Roadster (he says without irony). After I sold this very Commando about 10 years ago, I’d done a couple of Velocettes (one of which I still own and love, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
John Player Norton Peter Williams Documentary Period film looks at the efforts of the JPN team’s assault on the 1973 Isle of Man TT.
Recent events have put me back in the saddle of a 1974 Norton Commando, so my interest level in the marque has gotten a bit of a re-boost. As I’ve immersed myself in the history of the machines and people who made them, I came across this documentary called “Race of the Power Bikes,” on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
IOMTT Press Release: Norton has announced an all-British two-man line up for their 2013 Isle of Man TT Races. The Donington Park based factory outfit has signed Nottingham’s Dan Hegarty. Dan will partner Runcorn based Ian Mackman who will return to the TT on Norton’s distinctive SG1 for his second year. Dan, 25, made his [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Norton Motorcycles Press Release: Norton Motorcycles reached its most important U.S. milestone this week with receipt the EPA’s Certificate of Conformity for its model year 2013 Commando 961 series of motorcycles. With the approval in hand, the EPA’s certification process for the U.S. of the Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer, 961 Sport and 961 SE [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
The first Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Festival drew around 250 collector bikes to the nine-acre field adjoining the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, on August 25. Saturday’s concours was followed by a 110-mile ride to Mt. Rainier the next day. Summer Shakedown 2012 kickstarted a bike component to the museum, which opened June [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Michael Lichter
Every low-bar, stripped-down, lightweight sporty motorcycle from a pre-unit Triumph to the Zach Ness Victory [link NessCafe when live] owes something to a little café on the North Circular Route in the northwest London area known as Stonebridge. Yes, the Ace served as ground zero for a café-racer movement that not only survives but flourishes [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)