Norton Motorcycles. Norton is a Britishmotorcycle brand from Birmingham, founded in 1898 as a manufacturer of cycle chains. By 1902 they had begun manufacturing motorcycles with bought-in engines. In 1908 a Norton built engine was added to the range. This began a long series of production of single cylinder motorcycles. They were one of the great names of the British motorcycle industry, producing machines dominating racing with highly tuned single cylinder engines. A postwar a 500 cc twin cylinder model called the Dominator or Model 7 was added to the range for 1949, and this evolved into the 1970s through 500 cc, to 600 cc, to 650 cc, to 750 cc and to 850 cc models with the Dominator, 650, Atlas and Commando, all highly regarded road motorcycles of their time. Norton had been consumed into the Norton Villiers Triumph group and the whole thing went into liquidation. Norton didn’t loose its name and developed a few bikes for the police forces and a civilian bike called the 588 cc Classic and a touring Commander. In 1989 some staff built a Norton racer that won the national British championship. This win was mostly responsible for a renewed interest in Norton. So a year later Norton built a F1 model. And once again Norton couldn’t cash in on the renewed interest and together with financial miss-management of the company in 1990’s the company lost huge money invested though stockholders.In 2003 Kenny Dreer bought Norton. New goals have been set by this Norton highly established specialist.


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