Norton motorcycles

  • Honda CB450 Manx Tribute

    Honda CB450 Manx Tribute

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    When is a Norton not a Norton? When it’s a Honda in disguise. Johann Keyser’s CB450 ‘Manx Tribute’ started as an attempt to build a economical cafe racer: “The bike was standing outside for 20-plus years, and even the wheels were rusted solid,” says Keyser,… Read more »

  • Norton ‘Dresda-Davidson’

    Norton ‘Dresda-Davidson’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Some motorcycles just look exactly ‘right’, with every component in aesthetic harmony. To my eyes, Shane Venn’s ‘Dresda-Davidson’ is one of those bikes. It’s using a 1970 Harley XLCH Sportster motor in a Norton wideline featherbed frame, and it was built by Dave ‘Mr Triton’… Read more »

  • Norton Cafe Racer

    Norton Cafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve been watching the progress of the new Norton venture with interest. I have to admit the new bikes don’t quite do it for me, but this one definitely does. It was built by Paul Zuniga, who has been messing around with classic motorcycles (especially… Read more »

  • 1974 Norton Commando 850

    1974 Norton Commando 850

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something impossibly British about the color scheme of this lovely 1974 Norton Commando 850. I’m guessing it’s a Mark 2A model with the 828 cc engine—still an air-cooled twin like the iconic 750 models, but a little more relaxed in its power delivery. Today,… Read more »

  • The Ultimate Triton

    The Ultimate Triton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m not sure about you, but I’d love to wake up on Christmas Day and find this in my garage. This gorgeous Triton is the brainchild of French designers Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat from Southsiders MC, and was built by the extraordinarily talented Daniel… Read more »

  • Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

    Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    I so desperately wanted to like Norton’s new 961 range. After all, the Commandos of the past are among the most desirable vintage motorcycles in the world: sleek and sexy, and with some of the best frame engineering of all time. The specs of the… Read more »

  • Ron Wood Norton flat track racer

    Ron Wood Norton flat track racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    We can’t get enough of Ron Wood’s beautifully prepared flat track racers. Jamie Waters’ bike was featured in Sideburn #3; it’s one of two big-tube framed Nortons built by Wood, and it’s also one of the few Nortons to make an impact on the AMA… Read more »

  • Norton Wasp

    Norton Wasp

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I love this Norton because it has an understated, almost monochromatic beauty. It belongs to a member of the Coyote Racing Team in France, who built it four years ago to run in classic race events. It’s a very classy ‘bitsa’, marrying Norton parts with… Read more »

  • Norton Atlas bobber

    Norton Atlas bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Norton Atlas tends to get overshadowed by the Commando, which superseded it in 1968. Which is somewhat unfortunate: the Atlas had sweet handling, courtesy of a featherbed frame and Roadholder forks, and its 750 cc parallel twin had ample grunt. (It was far more… Read more »

  • Chanel motorcycle

    Chanel motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The fashion websites were buzzing yesterday with news of a Chanel shoot on Rue Royale in Paris: It’s apparently for the press kit of Chanel’s next collection. Karl Lagerfeld was there, and so was this custom motorcycle. According to WWD Fashion, the bike was built… Read more »

  • Norton Commando 961 SE

    Norton Commando 961 SE

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    Norton has revealed a few more details of the long-awaited Commando 961, and an image from a shoot held four months ago. Production is now scheduled for the end of September 2009, and Norton will be making only 200 of this model. (Yes, SE means… Read more »

  • Goldammer Nortorious

    Goldammer Nortorious

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roger Goldammer has created some pretty wild custom motorcycles over the years, but to our eyes, his 2007 ‘Nortorious’ is the best of the lot. It’s a modern take on a Norton Manx cafe racer, with a featherbed-styled frame housing one half of a Harley… Read more »

  • Norton 99 Dominator

    Norton 99 Dominator

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    When Laurent Tomas of the Coyote Racing Team bought this Norton five years ago, it was in a sorry state of repair. Laurent has now completed a beautiful restoration, and runs the bike at classic race meets—such as the amazing Ton Up at Magny-Cours. Under… Read more »

  • Steve Dunn

    Steve Dunn

  • Chris Hunter ArtistsClassic Motorcycles ,

    The English artist Steve Dunn is making a name for himself via commissions from international clients such as the Vintage Motorcycle Club. Dunn’s technique and sombre backgrounds work best with the simpler lines of older motorbikes, such as the 1962 Manx Norton shown above. We… Read more »

  • Norton Ala’Verda 850

    Norton Ala’Verda 850

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This delicately beautiful cafe racer uses a Laverda trellis frame and a late-production, modified Commando 850 engine. It was built by French violin-maker Daniel Delfour, one of a group of enthusiasts that runs a classic racing festival. The festival is at Circuit Paul Armagnac in… Read more »

  • Bill Phelps

    Bill Phelps

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesPhotographersProduction Motorcycles ,,

    Brooklyn photographer Bill Phelps dropped us a line the other day, attaching some images that blew us away. They’re surreal, sensual, and often feature motorbikes. Bill’s style is unusual: sometimes there’s a dusty sepia look, and sometimes a hint of Victoriana. Often, there’s a heady,… Read more »

  • Norton Manx 30M

    Norton Manx 30M

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,,

    I’ve just had a lovely email from Marian Simms in New Zealand. She’s the editor and publisher of the fashion glossy Karen, and daughter of Australian racer John Simms. “He has more bikes than is socially acceptable,” she says, “and is currently rebuilding a Manx… Read more »

  • Colorado Norton Works #038 Café

    Colorado Norton Works #038 Café

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesCustom Motorcycles ,,

    The small town of Dolores used to be a station on the Rio Grande Southern Railway. Today it’s the home of Matt Rambow’s Colorado Norton Works. His flagship model is the show-winning #038 Café, featuring a reworked head, a hot cam and dual Keihin carbs.… Read more »