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Norton Cafe Racers

No motorcycle marque holds as much significance in the cafe racer scene than Norton. The Norton featherbed frame was arguably the ultimate basis upon which to build a cafe racer. Often merged with Triumph engines to form 'Tritons' or Vincents to become 'Norvins', the featherbed was a motorcycle engineering breakthrough. Norton also won loyal followers with consistent race wins using their own engines. Norton dominated the Isle of Man TT recording an astounding 94 wins with models like the legendary Manx. During the early 70's Norton suffered the same fate as other British motorcycle manufacturers and struggled to stay afloat. Thankfully today Norton is alive and well producing handbuilt bikes from their UK based factory. The current range pays homage to some of the brands most iconic models, seamlessly blending classic styling with modern technology.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Norton Domiracer Cafe Racer

Norton Domiracer Cafe Racer

Norton Moytorcycles return to the motorcycle scene has been one of the most exciting announcements I’ve covered during the time that I’ve been writing this blog. Not everyone seemed to share my enthusiasm though with the new Norton’s receiving some rather harsh criticism. Personally I couldn’t be any happier than to see…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The best Triton in Australia

The best Triton in Australia

In Cafe Racer terms the Triton was the ride of choice for Rockers of the 60’s and 70’s. The combination of Triumph’s mighty parallel twin and Norton’s featherbed frame delivered a potent mix of power and handling more than capable of delivering Ton Up thrills. In 1989 Andrew Wishart’s father started work on…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Death Spray Customs Norton Dominator

Death Spray Customs Norton Dominator

If there’s one thing I love to see in the custom motorcycle scene it’s a good sense of humor. One individual whose bringing his own “Why so serious?” attitude to the custom scene is the man behind Death Spray Custom, David Gwyther. He’s applied his unique custom paint schemes to everything from Nascar…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triton pre-unit wideline Cafe Racer

Triton pre-unit wideline Cafe Racer

Last week I posted a Triton and had a moan about how long it had been since I featured a featherbed framed bike, well lo and behold here’s another one! It’s funny how that happens but I’m certainly not about to complain. Today’s Triton is a bonafide UK sixties built Cafe Racer…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Iron & Resin Triton Cafe Racer

Iron & Resin Triton Cafe Racer

I hate to admit it but it’s been a while since I’ve posted a featherbed on the site! This particular example is owned by Thom from moto lifestyle brand Iron & Resin and it’s a great example of a classic Triton packed with period correct components. With what started out as a pile…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ed Norton Commando Cafe Racer

Ed Norton Commando Cafe Racer

It’s not often a well known custom builder sends me photos of his living room, but seeing as these particular photos included Kim Boyles jaw dropping 1971 “Ed” Norton Cafe Racer I wasn’t about to complain. Back in 2006 Kim purchased the Norton Commando with the intention to build his own vision…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell Norton Manx Neoretro

Buell Norton Manx Neoretro

When Frenchman Sebastien Beaupere wanted pay hommage to Norton’s legendary Manx he was always going to have his work cut out for him. Norton’s Manx is recognised as one of the most influential British racing bikes ever made and as most would agree, could never be recreated using anything but original Norton…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorclassica 2012 motorcycle highlights

Motorclassica 2012 motorcycle highlights

What a weekend! First up was the 2012 Motorclassica at the Royal Exhibition Center in Melbourne with Luke from Fuel Magazine, then it was off to the Camperdown Cruise for a day filled with Hot Rods, Rockabillys and Rock n Roll with Jimmy from Oil Stained Brain. While the Camperdown Cruise is…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorcycle Man 001

Motorcycle Man 001

I’ve been posting photos of girls on motorcycles for some time now which I think most of my readers have been enjoying but, I do have female readers as well and they have asked me in the past to provide images more suitable for their tastes. So in an attempt to offer…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Custom classics by Heiwa Motorcycles

Custom classics by Heiwa Motorcycles

What is it about the Japanese that allows them to keep producing such original looking custom bikes? The following 3 jaw droppingly good looking bikes are the work of Japanese workshop HEIWA Motorcycles.  They are are three of the most original looking custom builds I’ve seen in some time and I’m really…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Norton Manx 500 by Works Racing

Norton Manx 500 by Works Racing

What do you do when you have a few old 500s Manx Norton’s in the shed that need fixing up, but you just can’t seem to find the parts you need? Simple, buy yourself a CNC mill, draw up perfect 3D CAD replicas of every single engine part (after learning how to…

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