Norton Motorcycle For Sale
The Norton Motorcycle Company was founded in 1898, beginning as a manufacturer for bicycle and motorcycle parts. The next logical step was to start producing their own motorbikes, which they did in 1902. Norton bikes were manufactured with third-party engines for the first six years, but Norton debuted their own motor in 1908. They would make all of their own motors from there on, and Norton bikes even won several major race events.
Production stopped temporarily during World War I when the British economy went to a war footing. But Norton resumed motorcycle deliveries within six months of the armistice, making its first deliveries in April of 1919. During this time, they focused on long-stroke, single-cylinder engines. These models were loud and vibrated intensely. But they were far more reliable than most other engines of the time, making Norton a household name in the British Isles.
Before World War II, Norton motorcycles also continued winning races. A Norton bike won the Isle of Man Senior TT in 1924. It was the first time a winner averaged more than 60 miles per hour. Norton would go on to win this event nine more times over the next fourteen years.
In 1936, Norton won a contract manufacturing motorcycles for the British military. What began as a small peacetime operation turned into a mainstay of their business during World War II. By the end of the war in 1945, over 100,000 Norton military motorcycles had been produced, nearly a quarter of the total for the British Army.