Member’s Bikes

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So there we were sitting outside this bar with a pint and this young chap rides up on a pushbike – “Any of you blokes want to buy a Commando?”, he says… “I don’t know what it’s worth…?” Thankfully for Dick this unlikely scenario actually happened in 2006. It needed some work but now runs like a dream. It wasn’t quite that simple of course – buy Dick a pint of London Pride and he might be persuaded to tell you the whole story..! Dick’s other bikes include a beautiful 1949 Vincent Rapide, and a Triumph Street Triple R – Lucky man!

Geoff Cole 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.

Harvey’s beautiful Norton Model 18 was rescued from someone’s loft in 1987 and took around 18 months to restore. The OHV Model 18 was Norton’s first venture away from Side Valves and 1931 saw the popular model fitted with the ‘Saddle’ style tank for the first time. Because of the depression, not that many were made in ’31 making Harvey’s bike very rare.

The 500cc Bike is completely original and sports a close ratio 3 speed Sturmey Archer gearbox with a hand change, external Valve springs, Dunlop wheels and a wonderfully chromed exhaust. The quality of the paintwork is stunning and Harvey explains that the paint originated from London Transport when they were selling off their old buses!

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

Nick Elliston-Tucknott’s 1973 850cc Commando Interstate

 Nick’s Interstate was given to him in boxes by fellow Surrey member Bobo – it was re-imported from the US with a holed piston. It was put back together rather crudely by the shop with a totally unbalanced replacement but it was now back in the UK and in good hands and was ridden for a season including a trip to Italy before being dismantled for a rebuild in 1993. The state of the engine was so bad that a full ground up rebuild and modernisation was started. The frame was sent to Dave Degens 1994/5 for frame modifications fitting anti vibe at down tubes above the front isolastic. Frame was stove treated by Dave’s painter before its return. Crank dynamically balanced at Basset Down around 2000. MkIII swing arm purchased with the intent of fitting disk brake to rear wheel but was lost somehow when the bits and boxes were gathered out of Bobs garage. Forks rebuilt with new bushes. Engine rebuilt with High lift Cam hence the pocketed pistons done by Mick Hemmings -articulated rockers fitted – Springs removed and Phosphor Bronze bushes built to replace. Gearbox full refill of cogs and bearings. Automatic primary chain adjuster added to keep the chain tension correct and reduce service requirements.  Beautiful 14” floating front disk via Norvil with the caliper sent to an excellent engineer in France to complete the modificatons for stopping. MkII isolastics replaced with MkIII isolastics – making these now adjustable. Stainless bolts replace everything practical. Boyer Bransden Electronic ignition and 3 phase electrics should help it start when the head finally goes back on.

Purists may say its not original but it will fly again!

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

Jan
10
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7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Jan 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[...]
Feb
14
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Feb 14 @ 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
14
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Mar 14 @ 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
11
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Apr 11 @ 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[...]
May
9
Wed
7:45 pm Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
Club Night @ The Stepping Stones PH
May 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[...]