1964 Norton Café for Sale
One of my riding buddies has recently been bitten by the Britbike bug and brought this machine to my attention. It’s a really neat example of why I like these sorts of café bikes: like old American muscle cars, you can mix and match and really make them your own, if you’re not particularly concerned with originality and don’t subscribe the insidious Numbers Matching club.
This particular example appears to have a 1964 Norton Atlas frame stuffed full of 750 Commando goodness and is festooned with all of the best period Rocker bling.
The change to the Commando engine is not explained by the seller, but the bike would likely receive the same benefits as the Commando when compared to the Atlas: improved center of gravity, increased space for carburetors, and rakish good looks.
Of course, without the Commando’s Isolastic frame to control the big twin’s vibration, numb hands might be an issue…
It’s hard to say what sort of performance this bike has for sure and the seller makes no claims, but a healthy Norton twin should make 50-odd hp, enough to comfortably keep up with modern traffic and provide plenty of back-road entertainment.
The original add includes a list of recent maintenance that has been done and a link to a page of excellent, high-quality images:
The ad also includes an video of the bike being offered:
At the time of this writing, the bidding is up to $4050.00 with the reserve not yet met. No surprise, given the apparent quality of the bike on offer.