NORTON CAFE RACER s


Norton cafe racer, john player special, norton commando, cafe racer, cafe racers



MANX INSPIRED
The Norton Cafe Racer is the quintessential type. One of the first cafe racers was the Norton Manx. Norton Motorcycles were one of the few major manufacturers to truly recognize & embrace the Cafe Racer theme. They capitalized on it with several excellent factory-specials.

FEATHERBED FRAMES
Once the Norton Manx was put into a proper Featherbed frame in 1949, it became an incredible street machine & was instantly transformed into a winning GP bike & the average Joe was replicating them on the street. When the Norton Dominator 88 500cc twin came out in 1952, it had the Featherbed. This frame carried virtually every heavy bike Norton built, right up through the 750cc 1966 Norton Atlas, when it was by the Commando & an all new frame.

ISOLASTIC SUSPENSION
The Norton Commando came out in 1967 & it introduced an entirely new type of frame. Norton's patented Isolastic Suspension mounted the swingarm pivot to the back of the engine, then rubber mounted the whole thing in the frame, as a means of isolating the rider from vibration. It worked & it transformed the big vertical twin into the world's first superbike.

PRODUCTION RACER
The Norton Commando enjoyed great success in racing & several street models were introduced to capitalize on it, with a number of factory-specials like the Norton John Player Special & the Norton Production Racer. All make great Cafe Racers, Norton Cafe Racers.


1975 Norton Production Racer

Norton Commando, Norton motorcycles, Norton production racer, cafe racer



The Norton Production Racer began in 1971 with a special high-compression Norton Commando 750 engine. The series ran until Norton Motorcycles fizzled out in 1975. Gorgeous motorcycles.

Norton Commando, Norton motorcycles, norton production racer, cafe racer



1974 Norton John Player Special

Norton John Player Special, Norton Commando, Norton Motorcycles, cafe racer



Norton teamed up with John Player Special cigarettes & went racing. After Peter Williams achieved a stunning Formula 750 victory at the Isle of Man in 1973 on Team Norton's John Player Special, the company scrambled to create a road version of its famous racer to sell to the public. Clearly a case of "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday".

Norton John Player Special, Norton Commando, Norton Motorcycles, cafe racers



1966 Norton Atlas 750 Cafe Racer

Norton Atlas, Norton motorcycles, norton cafe racer, norton commando



Period-correct 60s-style Norton Cafe Racer. 1966 was the last year for the Norton Atlas & for the famous & long-running Norton Featherbed Frame that had been born in the late 1940s & served Norton Motorcycles so well, earning it the reputation as the best-handling motorcycles in the world! The Norton Commando was introduced in 1967 & the Featherbed was replaced by the Commando's Isolastic Suspension.



1972 Norton Commando Cafe Racer

Norton Commando, Norton motorcycles, norton cafe racer, norton production racer



This 1972 Norton Production Racer is the epitome of a Cafe Racer: fast, sexy, hunkered-down & street legal. These bikes have beautiful lines. But then, what Norton doesn't (well...the High Rider was pretty ugly!)? There's some about yellow bikes that really turn me on.

Norton Commando, Norton motorcycles, cafe racer



1972 Norton Production Racer

Norton Production Racer, Norton Commando, Norton motorcycles, cafe racer



This delicious 1972 Norton Production Racer (technically a replica, made from a standard Norton Commando) has a polished aluminum alloy tank & side covers, while the fiberglass seat & fairing are painted silver to match. Polished aluminum is an especially attractive finish & a personal favorite of mine.



1963 Triton Cafe Racer

Triton motorcycle, Triumph motorcycles, norton motorcycles, cafe racer



The Triton is a cross-breed or hybrid, created with you put a Triumph (the "TRI"-part) engine in a Norton (the "TON" part). Of course, these weren't factory-built bikes. Many were built by fabricators in private shops, some were cobbled together in garages. This is a prime example & very nicely done. The 1963 Triumph Bonneville 650 engine fits nicely with custom-made alloy mounting plates. But, is it a Norton Cafe Racer?

Triton motorcycles, triumph motorcycles, norton motorcycles, cafe racer



1950 Norvin Cafe Racer

Norvin motorcycle, Norton motorcycles, Vincent motorcycles, cafe racer, cafe racers



Norton Cafe Racer meets Vincent V-twin. The Norvin is what you get when you cross a NORton frame (Norton Featherbed Frame to be exact) with a VINcent engine (in this case a 1000cc Vincent Black Shadow V-twin. It's a beautiful installation all around. You can see that the engine had to be tipped back slightly to make it fit. Wonderful machine!


Check out these NORTON BOOKS:



NORTON MOTORCYCLES


NORTON COMMANDO, COMPLETE STORY



NORTON COMMANDO


ESSENTIAL BUYERS GUIDE - NORTON COMMANDO


NORTON COMMANDO: ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO


NORTON MOTORCYCLES FACTORY WORKSHOP MANUAL 1957-70


THE MANX NORTON


THE BOOK OF NORTON DOMINATOR TWINS


NORTON DOMINATOR PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO


For more Great Books, please visit our
MOTORCYCLE BOOK STORE




HOME PAGE
Triumph Motorcycles
BSA Motorcycles
Norton Motorcycles
Matchless-AJS Motorcycles
AMC-Associated Motor Cycles
Royal Enfield Motorcycles
Ariel Motorcycles
Vincent Motorcycles
Velocette Motorcycles
Rickman Motorcycles
Japanese Motorcycles
Cafe Racers
Choppers & Bobbers
Rat Bikes
Classic Racing Motorcycles
Classic Motorcycle Auctions
Classic Motorcycle Shows
Classic Motorcycle Rides
Classic Motorcycle Restoration
Classic Motorcycle Shops
Classic Motorcycle Clubs
Classic Motorcycle Photo Gallery
Classic Motorcycle Events Calendar
Send us Pictures of YOUR BIKE
YOUR BIKE Pictures
About Us
Site Map
CONTACT US
Brit Iron Back Issues
Visit our STORE
Subscribe to our FREE e-zine & get a FREE 11X17 Poster
BACK TO TOP - Norton Cafe Racer


Norton Cafe Racer
12/13/14

free classified ads, motorcycles for sale

Check out our
FREE
Classifed Ads
BIKES FOR SALE!

facebook page, classic-british-motorcycles.com

Visit our
FACEBOOK PAGE
and "LIKE" us!


Check out these
NEW PAGES:

Triumph Tiger
1939 T100
1947 T100
1939 T100
1949 T100
1950 T100
1952 T100
1953 T100
1955 T100
1958 T110
Norton Manx
1948
1949
1952
1953
1957
1959
1963
Royal Enfield Interceptor
1963
1965
1967
1970
Vincent Black Shadow
1950
1952
1953
1954
Ariel Square Four
1932
1948
1951
1953
1955
1956
1957


CLASSIC TRIUMPHS
2015 Wall Calendar

HISTORIC MOTORCYCLES
2015 Wall Calendar
ULTIMATE MOTORCYCLES
2015 Wall Calendar

Check out all our
MOTORCYCLE CALENDARS



facebook logo, facebook page

Visit our
FACEBOOK PAGE
and "LIKE" us!