c. 1949 Norton ES2
Frame no. 102304
Engine no. 74613
A staple in the Norton model line from 1927 until the early 1960s, the 490cc ES2 started out as the "poor man's International," with a slogging long-stroke overhead-valve single in place of the Inter's racier bevel-driven overhead-cam design. Over the years it went from having a rigid frame with girder forks, to using the Inter's "Garden Gate" frame with plunger rear suspension, married to Norton's "Roadholder telescopic forks. Eventually the ES2 would be housed in the famous "Featherbed" frame.
The ES2 in the Lattin collection was purchased as an incomplete bike and brought back to life by Lattin himself. It is equipped with the aluminum cylinder usually reserved for trials models, plus Norton's "Doll's Head," vertically situated gearbox.
- Please note that this motorcycle is titled with frame number 102384.