CONQUERING THE MOUNTAIN
They were the first ever motorcycle manufacturer to win the infamous Isle of Man TT, something that led Norton on an amazing racing journey through history…
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The Norton Company was first formed in 1898 by James Lansdowne, (J.L Norton) and although originally they were just supplying motorcycle and bicycle parts, it wasn’t long before the first Norton motorcycles were produced in 1902 using French and Swiss engines.
It wasn’t until 1908 however that they produced the first ever Norton motorcycle available to the public. This of course came off the back of their racing success, albeit in its early stages.
The following decades would cement Norton’s strong racing reputation in history, especially when it came to the hallowed roads of the Isle of Man TT. Since Rem Fowler rolled over that finish line in 1907 on his twin-cylinder Norton to win the first ever Isle of Man TT, the English based manufacturer kicked off an illustrious and successful race history spanning a century.
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