The Norton thread!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by theturtleshead, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Mtl-Marc

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    Guy I know has one. They are beautiful bikes.:eek1
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    Could be some fun! :eek1

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  6. England-Kev

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    This bike is a stunner, I am off to Kempton bike jumble today, hoping to find a couple of parts for my Norton, maybe I can get it up and running this year:eek1
    I just noticed his frame is not the usual black, I wonder what colour it was in reality?
  7. PJay

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    Did Francis Beart ever build any Garden Gate Manxes?

    He was certainly doing Manx 500s for F3 in the early 50s.
  8. England-Kev

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    Yes he did apparently, that is him by the way wearing the Beret, behind the two ladies. who is the German? rider of the Norton though?
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    Yeah, Kev, asking whether it was a Francis Beart machine was a roundabout answer to your frame colour question.

    Beart light green.

    The rider's Denis Parkinson, and I think the year's 1948.

    (I've raced a Garden Gate Manx 500, not a works-parts one like this with its big cylinder finning, a fun ride but not all that quick.)
  11. England-Kev

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    I am still trying to work out why there is a german eagle on the tank too?
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    Yeah, me, too - I realised that was where your "German rider" thought came from. I have an idea it's actually the crest of a city somewhere (perhaps not in Germany but on the Continent anyway), and I'm wondering if they'd just been to some race there and went straight to the IoM. I'm sure this pic is at the Island.
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    Francis Beart put that coat of arms on several of his bikes, I too would like to know the origin of it.
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    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that article- those racecars were the reason Manx rollers became available to make Tritons from.
    Wish I had Francis' haberdasher.
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    I mentioned earlier in this thread that I raced a Garden Gate Manx a few times. It was a DOHC one, too.

    The motor from that went into an F3 car as soon as Featherbeds came out; ultimately Garth Rhodes (owner/builder) took it to 749cm3 and supercharged it. Phil Irving famously told Garth one time, after his hillclimb car lost to Garth's, "In theory, that thing should not work ".

    I got to ride it for Garth after he put it all back together, with motor back to 499, for classic racing.
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