Norton Classic Rotary P43

Norton Classic Rotary P43

The Norton Classic Rotary is likely the rarest Norton ever to have existed, and certainly the rarest to find today for collectors. The bike is highly coveted for motorcycle historians and collectors, the reason being is it’s rotary Wankel engine.  With only 100 ever produced, the backstory is fascinating and while it didn’t take off, … Read more

Norton Commando 750

The Norton Commando 750 was a breakthrough in British motorcycling history. Despite being released during the UJM takeover, half a million were sold during the decade it was in production. Today, the Norton Commando 750 remains a popular buy to ride classic motorcycle. Norton Commando History  The origins of the early Norton Commando 750’s can … Read more

What is a Cafe Racer?

Since the 2009 second coming of Cafe Racers the genre has gone from strength to strength. Lots of manufacturers have one in their stable and in general they at least try to stick to the original 1950’s definition of what a Cafe Racer is. What is a Cafe Racer? A Cafe Racer is a motorcycle … Read more

Norton Motorcycles – The Story From First To Last

Norton Atlas Ranger

With the sad news of the administrators being called in to Norton Motorcycles, I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on what could have (should have?) been a fairytale story of racing success and British pluckiness. (That’s a real word, honestly). Although I grew up with British motorcycles, I never really … Read more

The Legendary Norvin Motorcycle

norvin parked outside the ace cafe

Norvin. A name that was long forgotten in my mind, and truth be told, of course I knew the name but it never really registered as to just exactly what it is. It’s a Norton & Vincent mashup, unless you’re Gregg Wallace or John Torode, and then it would be called a ‘fusion’. As a … Read more

Festival Of Jurby 2016 Photos

BSA Gold Star

The VMCC Festival of Jurby is part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling and a visit should be on the bucket list of all classic motorcycle fans. The festival takes in 2 weeks of classic TT races, the Manx Grand Prix, the Manx Two Day Trial, the Classic Weekend Trial, the Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally … Read more