Members’ Bikes

Geoff bought his Commando in 1973 from a dealer in Redhill for £175 when it was 5 years old. Originally coloured yellow, the bike had already had some other modifications including the fitting of a Disk front brake and the 4 Gallon ‘Long Range’ tank. 36 years later, the bike has covered only 60,000 miles and runs as sweetly as when Geoff bought it. In no small way this is due to the two major rebuilds Geoff has lavished on the bike in 1991 and 2003. The bike is very near standard specification but has the popular Boyer Bransden Electronic Ignition fitted to assist starting.

Branch member Peter Ashley has utilised Mike Pemberton’s skills in extracting huge performance from an ES2 engine and he’s seen here jumping Ballaugh Bridge on the IoM in 2003. Thie bike clocked 107mph on the Mountain mile!

Peter relates the story of the build in his excellent website at www.NortonES2.co.uk which is well worth a visit!

Peter is a Norton collector ‘par excellence’, and he counts no less than 2 650SS’s, a 99 Dominator and a Model 19s amongst his menagerie

No apologies for showing more of Peter Ashley’s collection , here are his his Norton 99 Dominator and two Norton 650SS’s.

Peter brought one of his 650’s along to the Alma recently and we can vouch for it’s superb condition!

Tony’s nice 750 is testimony to the little appreciated fact that Norton continued to make the 745cc engined Commando well into 1974 when his bike came off the production line.Discussion still ensues amongst owners as to which engine was best. It’s generally accepted that the 828cc (Badged 850) Engine was more robust and smoother but the 745cc version developed slightly more power…
Here’s just one of Anthony’s wonderful collection of Norton Desert Racers, this is the P11a 750 Ranger. The original P11 prototype was assembled by ZDS Motorcycles of Glendale, California using the engine, gearbox and petrol tank from a Norton N15CS scrambler together with a Matchless G85 frame and forks and a G50 racer rear hub. Shipped back to the factory at Plumstead for evaluation, this resulted in the first production Model P11 in March 1967. The G85 frame had to have a few structural modifications carried out to accept the Atlas engine, and the forks were strengthened. Anthony’s incredibly rare 1968/69 Ranger 750 was one of the last of ‘Hybrid’ desert Racers made by the factory.Anthony owns 5 Norton P11’s, an export Matchless G15CSR, an AJS 33CSR, a 1966 Norton N15CS, and a 1965 Norton N15CS, a Norton 600cc Dominator cafe racer, and two prototype Norton Unit Construction 650cc twins!!! He also owns a 500cc Norton Nomad and 600cc Norton Nomad, the 1958-1960 export desert racers. Click this link for more details of Anthony’s collection.
 1957 M50

And the recently acquired 1957 Model 50 purchased for Sharon who is now a full member of the club with a very useable 350 single – over the winter the irregularities from original shall be addressed in a hope to show it next season…

 Ken's 650SS Branch Secretary Ken Rawlinson enjoys meetiong the “Great and the good” – see if you can identify these two noted celebs in  behind Ken’s nice 650SS. Ken also owns a wonderful replica production Commando racer – signed by NOC VP Peter Williams – Hopefully we’ll get a good image shortly to show below.

Other Upcoming Events

Dec
12
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Dec 12 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH | Westhumble | United Kingdom
We’ve Moved! – Come and find us at our new Meeting venue of ‘The Stepping Stones’ in West Humble – just down from Ryka’s near Box Hill. It’s still the 2nd Wednesday of each month[...]
Jan
9
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Jan 9 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH | Westhumble | United Kingdom
We’ve Moved! – Come and find us at our new Meeting venue of ‘The Stepping Stones’ in West Humble – just down from Ryka’s near Box Hill. It’s still the 2nd Wednesday of each month[...]
Feb
13
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Feb 13 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH | Westhumble | United Kingdom
We’ve Moved! – Come and find us at our new Meeting venue of ‘The Stepping Stones’ in West Humble – just down from Ryka’s near Box Hill. It’s still the 2nd Wednesday of each month[...]
Mar
13
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Mar 13 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH | Westhumble | United Kingdom
We’ve Moved! – Come and find us at our new Meeting venue of ‘The Stepping Stones’ in West Humble – just down from Ryka’s near Box Hill. It’s still the 2nd Wednesday of each month[...]
Apr
10
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Apr 10 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH | Westhumble | United Kingdom
We’ve Moved! – Come and find us at our new Meeting venue of ‘The Stepping Stones’ in West Humble – just down from Ryka’s near Box Hill. It’s still the 2nd Wednesday of each month[...]