Classic Bikes For Sale

In every issue, RealClassic magazine features a superb selection of classic bikes and vintage motorcycles for sale, both private sales and from traders. Here’s our Britbike* bonanza – a special showcase of six of the best classic British motorcycles from the June magazine. Bikes you can buy, unless someone’s snapped them up already! BSA A10, 1961. Updated suspension internals and…

Classic Techniques: Superblend bearings, part three

Andy Heathwood has been exploring the history behind Norton’s ‘Superblend’ bearing as fitted to their big twins in the 1970s. Now he turns to current concerns. Which readily available bearings are recommended today? It follows from the evidence presented already that although the latest FAG bearings are ‘well up to the job’, bearings from other established suppliers made to modern…

Classic Techniques: Superblend bearings, part two

Last time, Andy Heathwood introduced us to Norton’s solution to main-bearing problems in their big twins, back in the 1970s. Now he reveals whether ‘Superblend’ bearings were actually anything special. What’s in a name? Were Superblends something different? For their time and for this application the answer is probably ‘yes’. I am indebted to Anthony Curzon who has loaned me…

Racing Nortons Galore

The South of England Classic Show at Ardingly on 25th March 2018 incorporates a mammoth Norton Extravaganza, to celebrate more than 100 years of the marque. Brooklands Museum will be displaying several of their unusual Norton motorcycles, including the ones you see here… First up is this 1927 racing Norton outfit, ‘LPD1’; a genuine Pat Driscoll Norton Brooklands race bike…

Norton International

The December magazine featured a fabulous cammy Norton, a Model 30 500. There wasn’t space in print to show off the super old images to best effect, so here they are in glorious web-o-vision – together with the background to the model in case you’re not familiar with it… Before the Inter came the cammy CS1 The International was introduced…