One owner, 20 kilometres from new
2005 'Norvin' 998cc Café Racer
Registration no. 782 UXK (see text)
Frame no. R92270
Engine no. F10AB/1B/12100
Developed from a design by Rex McCandless and first used by Norton on the works single-cylinder racers in 1950, when Geoff Duke rode it to a debut race victory at Blandford, the legendary 'Featherbed' frame has long been the special-builders' favourite. McCandless's design was way ahead of its time, and of the opposition, enabling Norton to maintain the competitiveness of their singles in the face of the growing challenge from foreign multis. New standards of steering, roadholding and comfort were set by the new frame, which was immediately dubbed 'Featherbed' by Norton works star Harold Daniell. Although designed with a single-cylinder engine in mind, the generously proportioned Featherbed would in time prove capable of accommodating a wide variety of different power units - twins, triples, fours and v-twins, all could be made to fit with a little ingenuity.
There have been several constructed with the Vincent v-twin engine, such as that offered here, which was built in the UK in 2005 by John Mossey Restorations. The machines major components consist of a replica wide-line Featherbed frame and a Black Shadow engine, the latter dating from 1955. Other noteworthy features include a Manx-type swinging arm; Quaife five-speed gearbox; Smith Kanrin brakes; Ceriani forks and shock absorbers; electronic ignition; and an electric starter. The current (Swedish) owner purchased the Norvin new from Phil Cotton Motorcycles and since acquisition has ridden it only 20 kilometres (approximately 12 miles). Presented in commensurately excellent condition, this unique Norvin café racer is offered with specification details, email correspondence, workshop manual supplement, copy magazine article, dating letter, copy MoT certificate (expired 2006), DVLA authorisation certificate, copy Swansea V5C document and current Swedish registration papers.
- This machine was fitted with a new replica 1,000cc Vincent engine at point of construction in 2005.
The dating certificate as mentioned in the catalogue description is a copy only