Number Four: 1950 Manx Norton - The FIVE GREATEST

Choosing the five most influential motorcycles of all-time is no easy task. Which is why we picked six.

1950 Manx Norton (Photo by The Image Works)

1950 Manx Norton (Photo by The Image Works)

Pick number four is the 1950 Manx Norton, whose Rex McCandless-designed twin-loop, swingarm-and-telescopic-fork chassis, all-hydraulic damping, and forward rider and engine positions brought the best of everything together and showed the world how well they worked. It won only a single world title (1951) but forced the Italians at Gilera and MV to "Nortonize" because that was the True Path. Think of how many twin-loop Norton-style "Featherbed" chassis have since been built; everyone had to copy it. And it chased away unhappy half-ideas like girder, leading-link, sliding-pillar or spring-hub designs.