SNORTING NORTON, PASSING GAS, DON’T YA LOVE EM?

By: chesshirecat

Apr 23 2010

Category: Uncategorized

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This is a classic look at Norton’s Flat Top model. (They are talking about fuel tank design) CK out that huge muffler system, in a day when many exhaust systems were merely a pipe leading away from the headers…this was cool.

“In 1921, James Lansdowne Norton, Founder of Norton Motorcycles, went to South Africa on the advice of his doctor. He was 52 years old, his Rheumatism was crippling him and his, as yet undiagnosed, cancer was killing him.

He decided to visit his brother Harry in Durban and took his beloved 633cc Big Four motorcycle and sidecar with him. Despite his failing health, this incredible man decided to research the “colonial market” by embarking on a motorcycle journey that took him 3000 miles through the heart of South Africa. During this expedition he battled intense heat, torrential rains and 35 swollen rivers. He climbed incredibly steep hills and took his motorcycle to hitherto unreached altitudes. Often he resorted to wrapping a bicycle chain around his rear wheel to get enough grip! On his return to England this epic journey was hailed as the greatest motorcycle endurance test ever made..”

Are you ready for more classic and antique pictures of the ever loved NORTON MOTORCYCLE? CLICK HERE!

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One comment on “SNORTING NORTON, PASSING GAS, DON’T YA LOVE EM?”

  1. What knock rides and excellant photographs!


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