Wednesday, 4 October 2017

 
It is not obvious but the oil drain on a Norton single is not a straight drilling...due to the fact the head and the crankcase do not align due to the fact they used the same crankcase for the 350 and 500.

 
 
I acquired a very old ES2 barrel and am now boring it out to 85 mm...removed top fin and the rope under the fin is to reduce ringing when on the lathe. The cloth under it is to catch it when it comes off the chuck -at slow revs!

 
Plan 'B' is to fit a Vincent barrel with a spacer on the sleeve .

Sunday, 20 August 2017

 
At the George Brown ( no relation) event on Sunday 13th Aug at East Kirkby.
 My own 350cc Norton which did not like the reverse cone megaphone exhaust at all.

 
The JAP powered bikes of John Young

Cyclops

 
Nero on loan from the national motorcycle museum

 
Super Nero which had trouble getting started.

Friday, 28 July 2017

 
...these are wonderful photos of the Perthshire Gask circuit. They give a flavour of the open countryside of Perthshire.
If you drive from on the A9 heading north toward Perth you will see a sign saying to the left 'Findo Gask' . The circuit was a WW2 airfield and is all now disappeared for housing and returned to farming.
 
 






I seem to be forced by circumstance to bore out the 350cc to be a 500cc.... the current set up is a long conrod which allows a triumph 650cc twin t120 piston . It has a compression height of about 26mm which is the same as a Honda 400 XR. Hence I am experimenting with the possibility of 85mm X 88mm giving the 500cc dimensions of BSA Gold Star . However I am very conscious that I do not have the breathing capabilities that machine has/had. However I am looking forward to the weekend of 12/13 August for the GB memorial sprint at East Kirkby. ...it has become a sprinters version of the Goodwood revival.

Friday, 19 May 2017



                                                      Trying a different exhaust system down in Lincolnshire .

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

 
I find the cylinder head on the old Norton can be difficult. Valve guides can work loose rather too easily for my liking.
 
The shape of the inlet port is poor though the exhaust seems far better in design.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

 
Coming to the line at East Kirkby in September


 
Little knowing my piston would seize that day.