1959 Norton ES2
Frame no. 81856
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 . The ES2 was built in several versions during a production run lasting until 1963, though the engine dimensions of 79 x 100mm bore/stroke first adopted by James Lansdowne Norton in 1911 remained unchanged to the end. 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, Norton's gift to good handling.
This restored model is from 1959, first year for the wideline Featherbed frame, and shows just over 24,000 miles on its Smiths Chronometric. It wears the correct slab-sided muffler, while modern sheathed Hagon shocks keep the vintage theme but should yield improved road-holding. With chrome panel on its gas tank and red piping on the seat, this is a very handsome example of Norton's long-running single.
- Please note that the complete frame number for this motorcycle is 481856;but it is titled with frame number 81856 and its engine number is 818564.