1929 Norton Model 18

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1929 Norton Model 18

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Bore x Stroke: 79x100mm
Displacement: 490cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod-activated
Fuel System: Single Amal carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed, handshift
Suspension: Front girder forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 320lb.
Top speed: 75mph

The single-cylinder Nortons have always had a reputation of being strong, durable motorcycles. These traits resulted in many of these classic bikes being used in all forms of sporting events. This basic motor design retained the same bore and stroke from 1911 to the early 1960s. The lighting is acetylene gas powered.

Read more about the Norton Model 18 in these articles:
Touring France on a 1928 Norton Model 18
1936 Norton Model 18 vs. 1938 Velocette MSS

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