Simon Butler has always built bikes over the years just for himself and was never interested in projects for other people because not only is it time consuming, but most non-bike builders don’t understand what’s actually involved.
The Norton Company was first formed in 1898 by James Lansdowne, (J.L Norton).
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
If you’ve heard of or even had the privilege of visiting the Petersen Motor Museum in the US before, you’d know just how impressive some of the machinery on display is, especially in ‘The Vault’.
Some longtime readers may even recall a feature we ran last year, which included a full tour of not only the museum, but also the Harley vs Indian exhibit.