McIntosh Manx Norton

This New Zealand-built 1962 Manx Norton replica set the lap for the fastest-ever Manx on the mountain course at the Isle of Man.

Norton’s Rotary: 1989 Norton Commander

Built in small numbers and never sold in the U.S., the Norton Commander rotary represents an unappreciated chapter in the story of the fabled British marque.

1962 Norton Manx

A 1962 Norton Manx on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Commando Electronic Ignition

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses different electronic ignition options for Norton 750 Commando Roadsters.

Norton Motorcycles Moves to Donington Hall

Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd. announced that it has completed the purchase of historic Donington Hall, which will serve as its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities.

Evel Knievel and a Norton P-11

Reader Al Tellis remembers his P-11, and an encounter with an up-and-coming daredevil named Evel Knievel. 

Norton Motorcycles Receives EPA Certification – Finally!

We’ve been pretty quiet about developments at the revived Norton Motorcycles in England headed up by businessman Stuart Garner, mostly because there hasn’t been much news coming out of the U.K.-based company. Now word comes that Norton has finally cleared one the biggest hurdles to entering the U.S. market, EPA certification, and is on track to deliver 2013 Commando 961s.

1929 Norton Model 18

A 1929 Norton Model 18 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1975 Norton Commando MK 3

A 1975 Norton Commando MK 3 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1960 Norton Dominator Model 99

A classic Norton Dominator Model 99 on display with other vintage motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1936 Norton Manx

A vintage 1936 Norton Manx racer (Borro Castellani's race bike) on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Fouled Spark Plugs

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a fouled spark plug problem in a 1973 Norton 850 Commando.

Last Norton Commando Sells for $30,748!

The very last Norton Commando built, a 1977 850 MkIII Interstate, was sold at Bonhams’ April 24 auction in Stafford, England, for an eye-popping $30,748, with buyer’s premium. That’s 15 times the cost when new and easily double what any Norton Interstate has brought at auction to date.

The Norton 961 Commando in America

"Patience" best describes the demeanor U.S. buyers for the new Norton 961 Commando have had to assume since Stuart Garner’s 2008 relaunch of Norton.

Found on eBay: 1973 Dunstall Norton Commando

This week we've found something both rare and desirable: a 1973 Dunstall Norton Commando 850. The current owner began restoring the bike in late 1999, and the restoration was completed in early 2004.  

Found on eBay: 1974 John Player Norton

While it's not the rarest Norton in the U.S., the John Player Norton is one of those bikes a whole generation of gearheads longed for. And while this one is definately in need of some serious restoration work, it looks to be a numbers-matching JPN, though the seller welcomes more information anyone may have on the provenance of the motorcycle.  

Found on eBay: 1969 Norton Commando S

One of the rarer variants of the notorious Commando, the S model is effectively a Commando dressed as a scrambler. Few were sold still wearing all their “S” pieces, and this one looks to have the right gear.

1966 Norton P11 Prototype Replica

It was 1966 when Bob Blair and his mechanic/parts manager Steve Zabaro worked together to blend components from two motorcycles to create the prototype of what would become one of the most legendary classic Norton motorcycles — the 1967 Norton P11.

Racing Classic Norton Motorcycles

Bob McKeever is still active in racing classic Norton motorcycles at age 90 with the Norton Champagne classic motorcycle racing team.

Road Test: 1973 John Player Norton Monocoque

Just as the sun was setting on the British Empire, Norton set the racing world on edge with its revolutionary stainless steel-framed racer — the John Player Norton Monocoque.

John Player Norton Commando

Go-fast good looks and low production make the John Player Norton Commando a top collectible among classic Norton Commando motorcycle fans. 

11 New 1975 Norton Commandos Found in Belgium!

Here’s something you don’t come across every day: 11 brand new 1975 electric-start Norton Interstate motorcycles, still in the crate and awaiting final assembly! The horde of Nortons came to light recently following the death of the owner of Motoshop Podevyn in Aalst, Belgium. Incredibly, the bikes are just a small part of an even larger collection.

Found on eBay: 1974 Norton Commando Roadster

It's not every day you stumble upon a Norton Commando that looks ready to ride. Many of the good ones are being stashed away in collections, and even a basket-case Commando can bring a pretty penny anymore. But this Roadster looks like that perfect example of a well-loved but well-used bike that makes us itch for a tank full of gas and a warm spring day.

Manx Norton at Daytona, 1948

Carefully draining fuel from a Manx Norton into a gas can is Clarence Czysz, a top Norton tuner in the years following World War II. The location is Daytona and the Daytona Beach Course, and the year is 1948.

Norton Gear Giveaway!

In celebration of the new Norton Commando SE, we’re giving away some hyper-cool Norton gear. How cool? At the top of the list is a framed metallic print from the Lord of Light and Master of the Pixel, motorsports photographer Daniel Peirce. Featuring a 1973 Norton 850 Commando, the signed and numbered print is from Peirce’s critically acclaimed book, The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine.

New Norton to premier at Long Beach motorcycle show!

Norton Motorcycles in England, which has relaunched the Norton brand with the new 961 Commando SE, is bringing three new Norton Commandos to display at the International Motorcycle Show in Long, Beach, Calif., Dec. 4-6, 2009, and Motorcycle Classics will be there with them, welcoming the return of one of the most storied names in motorcycling!

Colorado Norton Works

Colorado Norton Works keeps the snarly, but smooths out the gnarly on classic Norton motorcycles

Found on eBay: 1973 Norton Commando 850 Interstate

Norton Commandos are some the most loved and coveted of the Seventies bikes, and their prices have been climbing steadily for years. Rarely do we see a Commado worth having for less than $5,000, and often the ones for sale at that price still look like they need a good bit of sorting.

1975 Norton Commando Returns from the Grave

On Sept. 15, 2007, I celebrated 25 years of owning my 1975 Norton Commando. In that time the bike and I rolled through a litany of adventures and misadventures, our relationship sometimes harmonious, sometimes not.

Colorado Norton Works Plans Limited Production Run

Dolores, Colo.-based Colorado Norton Works (CNW) is planning a limited run of 12 “production” Norton café racers modeled on CNW’s critically acclaimed #038 Café project, a bike we featured in the March/April 2006 issue of Motorcycle Classics. Up to now, CNW has focused on crafting custom-built Norton Commandos to customer specifications in either 750 or 850 guise. For this project CNW will draft its own specs, giving customers a handful of options but deviating little from its idea of what a production #038 Café should be.

The Norton 650SS

For a short time, the Norton 650SS was the company's top dog until the Norton Atlas arrived. Today it's a rare classic.