1960 Norton Dominator 99
The one thing about Classic Motorcycles is that you will never see or hear about every single one. You may know the Manufacture, and be a fan of some of the models, but because we are here in the US, we only ever really see the models that were made for the US market. This Dominator 99 offered over on UK eBay was something that never really made it over here in great numbers, so it is often an overlooked Birmingham special.
Bert Hopewell is that man who designed and develop the Dominator line in 1948 with the Model 7 Dominator. It started out as a 500cc bike with a frame that was NOT the famed Featherbed frame. When it did get the Featherbed, it became the Dominator 88. Because of the fame of the Featherbed has to raise the question, how many Dominator’s were separated from their engines to became Tritons?
When the Dominator grew to be the 99 it now had a 596cc engine that was producing about 31hp at 7000rpm. Improvements in oiling and cooling had been incorporated as it grew, and by the end in 1962 the Featherbed frame was helped in stopping by full width hubs, and added performance with an all alloy cylinder head.
From the Seller
A good, true example of a British classic bike! Comes with one key, hand book, service book and looks the part. Part service history and just two previous owners, with the second owner having owned it since 1964! Runs and rides fine, well maintained and looked after, but it would also be great as a restoration project
But 600cc was not going to make it in the all important US market. So the Dominator 99 grew to become the 650ss Dominator (I think the Dominator 111 would have been better) with 650cc of British power. But in the land of the Cubic Inch, this was still not good enough, and the Atlas was shot over to America with a 750cc engine. After the Atlas fell to earth, the Commando was next in line, both based on the original design from Bert. If you want to be and importer you can place your bid here on eBay.UK
On a side note the 500cc Dominator was the platform for Norton’s final factory racing effort. It was called the Domiracer and had success in both the Isle of Man TT and races such as the Thruxton 500. When Norton closed its own racing department, a guy named Paul Dunstall bought up the racing cast offs and was able to grow into a nice aftermarket supplier. BB