had a clearance sale of surplus and secondhand goods on
Saturday, 27th March before we closed down operations in Rugeley.
rotary stock moves to Hungerford, and is now sorted and
installed there. Until the end of March rotary spares service was partly suspended.
had to remove phone and fax numbers from this homepage, as Peter can
not get his work done with the rotary owners happily chatting away on
Please put your questions in an e-mail, and Peter will reply as soon
as possible. Thank you.
most important Norton event of the year took place at the Salzburgring
in Austria at the Classic Grand Prix.
This was not only the start of the N.O.C. International Rallye, but
furthermore the most important gathering of genuine Norton Racing
Machinery in the world. We saw 25 Manxes on the grid at the
same time; exotic ex-works material; no end of genuine racers from
pre-war times through Rotary.
Nick Hopkins and Joe Seifert were manning the Andover Norton
marquee, exhibiting the Genuine Norton Factory Spare Parts; and the
"Norton Motors Works Team" took part in the demonstration
laps on three genuine racers from the Norton Motors collection.
have been asked again and again if we had any part in what happened in
the Isle of Man. We would like to make it perfectly clear we had no
part in the team, nor in the preparation of the motorcycle(s).
2nd April, 2009
rotary Spares Stock has been sold to Andover Norton International Ltd,
which, through this aquisition, becomes the spares centre for all
Norton Spares up to the end of English Norton production in
For the time being, please continue to order spares through Pete Morris at Norton
Motors Ltd; we will be moving the spares, and the ordering procedure,
into the central spares stores in Hungerford in coming months.
21st February 2009
Negus, due to retire at the end of February, had a semi-surprise
retirement party organized by Anne and Peter Morris, Diane Negus and
Joe Seifert. About 30 old friends from his lifelong career in the
motorcycle industry, as well as from his racing days, came to wish him
a healthy and happy retirement. It was a mery gathering of old
colleagues from Richards BSA, Norton-Villiers, and Norton days, with
many a good story told. At the end Richard was presented with a
gold-plated, engraved Norton rotor (his first question "was it
still useable?") to
Negus-Custodian of the Norton Rotary".
1st November, 2008
It has been brought to
our attention, that an e-mail circulating in the Norton Owners Club
makes false claims. We would like to clear up some misapprehensions
by quoting the words of our
Managing Director, Richard Negus:
From several sources yesterday, I've answered queries about the
relationship between Norton Motors Ltd and Norton Racing Ltd and, in
particular, how their acquisition of all of the Norton trademarks
and IPR will affect the activities of Norton Motors.
I was sent a copy of a mail from an
NOC vice-president to
NOC Committee members where it is said that Norton Racing have
acquired both the IPR for the ill-fated US Commando replacement and the
Norton rotary IPR.
If the latter is not a
misunderstanding of something said by Mr Garner, then in allegedly
typical US style, he bought something which wasn't the
Having been a Director of 'old' Norton
Motors Limited until October 1993, Manager of Norton Motors (1993)
Ltd until October 1994, Consultant Engineer to Mid-West Engines
Ltd until January 2001, Consultant Engineer to Diamond Engines
GmbH until December 2003, and now Managing Director of Norton
Motors Ltd, I have an unbroken first-hand association with rotary
engines based on the Norton patents and IPR and know
(without a shadow of doubt) that ownership of that IPR never
rested in the hands of any organisation outside Europe. I have
copies of all the transfer documents and could probably quote
chapter and verse to support my assertion.
Before making such a statement
regarding the rotary IPR and knowing about Norton Motors'
activities for the last five years, I would have thought that a
call to either Joe Seifert or myself to check the facts would have
been merited. After all, we hold all the original Norton (
and BSA / Triumph) experimental and production drawings and we
have all the remaining rotary motorcycle tooling."
Managing Director, Norton Motors Ltd
20th October, 2008
to Richard Negus being due to retire at the end of February 2009, the
rotary spares and repair business of Norton Motors Ltd is up for sale.
Interested parties contact Richard Negus for details, please.
29th February, 2008
Bob Reynolds retires and hands over his duties as
Andover Nortons Chief Buyer to Norton Motors' Peter Morris.
1st November, 2007
Motors Ltd now shares its office with Andover Norton International Ltd
("ANIL"), as Robert M.Reynolds, Chief Buyer of ANIL, moves
his office, drawings, tooling, raw material and work in progress to
We announce the
aquisition of Andover Norton
of the total
stock of spare parts, drawings, tooling, and goodwill. The aquisition
actually took place on 2nd April, but for various reasons it has not been
possible to notify the public until now.
Through this aquisition, the whole motorcycle side of the now defunct
Norton Group PLC is re-united in one ownership- Norton Motors Ltd,
holding the ex-factory stock of spare parts, drawings, and tooling for
the Norton Rotaries; Norton Motors GmbH, once a joint venture company
founded as distributor for the German speaking regions of Europe; and
Andover Norton International Ltd., holding the total Genuine Factory
Spare Parts stock of Norton Dominator and Commando spares, the
drawings and the tooling, with a continuous re-manufacturing operation
(1968 Commando 750 Fastback from the Norton Motors Collection)
5th June, 2007
New manufacture of the
classic 'Classic' brake disc incorporating an original
Spondon anodised aluminium carrier and a diamond-ground stainless
This 280mm disc will also replace the original, and now unavailable,
Brembo discs fitted to the Interpol 2.
23rd January, 2007
New on our homepage: the gallery.
Showing some of the bikes that have passed through the works- often
leaving very much changed- but open to our customers as well.
Also, we have 6 (!) Commanders to be converted to 17" wheel,
upside-down forks, decent brakes, new rear swinging arms in the
workshop this winter. Furthermore a P55B (F1 Sports) just came in from
Germany, as well as a P43 "Classic" #LE004. As soon as these
have passed through the workshop, they will be for sale. Watch the
"Motorcycles for Sale" page!
19th December, 2006
We buy the total Norton
Rotary parts stock of the Norton Owners Club. This, together with
the stock already held, means we have even more previously scattered
parts concentrated in Rugeley. A few of those parts were previously
not available from us, though most just mean we got more of the same.
Most of the N.O.C. stock was ex-Police and NATO. The Parts Price List
will be amended shortly.
At our Open Day, the Commander to
end all Commanders is revealed- a bike incorporating all the
features we think the production version was lacking to make it the best
touring motorcycle of its time. See "Prototypes".
1st May, 2006
Some things have been
changed on our "Prototypes" pages, and a new one for 2005
added. And another one may follow after Open Day- a 2006 one!
29th October, 2005
More News from Rugeley
We’ve added another couple of items to our range of options for the
Gaiter Kit, Front Forks.
The exposed chrome plated surface of the front fork tube eventually
suffers from the effects of the weather, road salt and damage from
flying debris. This results in the seal being damaged, oil leakage and
loss of damping performance. Whilst looking unsightly, this also
guarantees a failure at the annual Test.
If your forks are already leaking, we are able to offer exchange
hard-chrome fork tubes or exchange fork leg assemblies incorporating
hard-chromed tubes, new aluminium sliders and damper assemblies.
We now offer an easy-to-fit gaiter kit which will significantly
prolong the life of your fork tubes and oil seals. The kit comprises of
machined aluminium adapters for the top of the sliders, ventilated
rubber bellows and nylon clips.
Of course, if your fork tubes are already corroded or damaged, and/or
the seals leaking oil, this kit will most definitely not cure the
Gaiter kit, Commander Part Number : 92-2492
Am I the only one to have noticed that rural petrol stations seem to
have almost completely disappeared, presumably put out of business by
the major outlets and supermarkets ?
We can supply an exchange steel fuel tank incorporating a solenoid
tap to access the last three litres of fuel normally trapped on the left
side of the tank tunnel. You can leave the main fuel tap in the ‘Reserve’
position and, at the flick of a dash-mounted switch, use the full
capacity of the tank.
The tank is powder-coated and comes with all the parts necessary for
the conversion, including wiring, switch, hoses and two new fuel
Fuel Reserve Tank Part Number : DN0959
It doesn’t seem long since the
last ‘News’ but, looking at the date, time does fly when you’re
enjoying yourself !
We completed the twin-seat F1 Sport rebuild (see 23rd May News for
pictures) and then imported a German-specification Sport (badged as a
‘TT’) for a customer in Kent who already has an F1. More recently,
we imported a Sport from Italy for another enthusiast in Essex.
‘Sports’ are becoming more difficult to obtain (only 66 were made)
but we know of a low-mileage one in the UK which is in excellent
condition and has very recently had a ‘moly’ engine rebuild and some
Our Workshop has had
a variety of bikes through this year, including an F1 ‘barn-find’
which has had a 100% mechanical & cosmetic rebuild, two F1’s for
identical minor accident repairs (possibly the result of original 1990
tyres), an immaculate 1949 ES2 for clutch and gearbox overhaul and even
a BMW K100LT for annual service (to change the oil filter, first take
off the sump !).
in progress is another NRS588 conversion, an F1 for close-ratio six
speed conversion and major cosmetic work, an early Commander for
conversion to Krauser specification and complete repaint and a Suzuki
RE5 undergoing conversion to SU carburettor.
the ‘Parts’ side, our new stock includes silencer heat shields, rear
racks for the Commander, genuine Brembo rear stop switches for the
Interpol & Classic and complete decal sets for the F1 and F1 Sport
as well as many more of the run of the mill items.
quality-assured parts are manufactured to original drawings and
specifications and, in many cases, by the original supplier using
original tooling and can honestly be described as ‘Genuine
Norton Spare Parts’.
new development is specifically for Interpol owners – no more idling
at 1200rpm - a fully-waterproof ignition retard unit. This is a direct
replacement for the original ‘Sparkrite’ part and fits under the
circuit board is conformally coated, potted in a sealed aluminium box
and the sub-harness connects via an IP68 waterproof plug & socket.
number : 92-1752
Shield, Interpol / Classic
316 stainless with clips spot-welded and silver soldered for
number : 92-0837 l/h and 92-0838 r/h
Carrier, Commander P53 and
steel, bronze welded and satin black powder coated.
with new studs, washers and nuts.
Number : 92-2382
Batteries, F1 and F1 Sport / TT
the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, fitting the battery into the centre
section of the frame was not the best decision made by the F1 design
team! Access requires major dismantling and high local temperatures
cause loss of charge and early failure of the battery.
have developed a battery conversion which offers several benefits :-
- A cooler location to improve charge
- Easier access for inspection
- Improved air flow over the engine
- Maintenance-free, non-spill gel
- More reserve capacity – 16Ah versus original 14Ah
- Higher starting current – 230A versus
Number : DN0958
28th November, 2003
products to improve your Norton Rotary!
last- the Hydraulic Clutch Conversion! Suits all P41 (Interpol II)
to P53K(Commander Krauser); primary covers are exchange, black
ones are re-painted, shiny ones are re-polished; required master
cylinder is 5/8 inch / 16mm bore; we can supply overhauled F1 -
type master cylinders to match Commander and some Classic front
brake. We cannot supply 'round-cap' Brembo to suit Interpol
or early Classic. Advantages are smoother
action, easier to get neutral when stationary, no risk of wire
etc.. It includes primary cover
with slave cylinder fitted, stainless braided hydraulic hose,
copper washers, O-ring seal for inspection cover, nylon washers,
and lift screw locknuts.
An overhauled clutch master cylinder is
Newly manufactured Rear Disc for P55 (F1) and
P55B (F1 Sport).
This rear disc is a direct replacement for the
original stainless Brembo part, but being fine-grain cast iron, has a higher friction coefficient
pedal pressure for the same braking effort.
3. Improved Gears for Interpol through
Designed by Bob Rowley and Doug Hele but released too late to be
incorporated into the production Commanders, this set comprises a
wider fifth gear pair and an improved assembly of the layshaft,
layshaft 4th and layshaft 5th gears. Mainshaft 4th gear
benefits from stronger engagement dogs and all gears are now
ground after heat treatment. As
many Interpol, Classic and Commander gearboxes have been modified
over the years, please consult us for compatibility with your
existing gear set.
Norton Motors delivers the first ever
F1Sports 2-seater to a customer. The bike was originally a
re-import from Germany, totally dissembled, rebuilt and fitted
with a steel subframe made in-house; fitted with
pillion footrests and a special seat made up from a standart
F1Sports seat with a "B"surface carrying the pillion
seat pad, with an optional cover resembling a standart single
seater when ridden solo. The new subframe was seen as a must, as
the original aluminium subframe was never meant to carry weight
that far back, let alone the weight of two people plus, in this
case, a luggage rack!
a new, updated price list is put on the net.
The Open Day at Norton Motors sees the unveiling of the motorcycle
we planned in 1992 but the chairman of Norton Motors at the time
was against it, labouring under the misconception the public
was interested in the stillborn "F2".
A drawing was commissioned by Norton Motors GmbH, showing what we
then called the "IoM 588", i.e. a road legal replica of
the race bike Steve Hislop won the TT on. Only 13 years and a few
changes of ownership later we were finally in a position to
convert the F1Sport of a customer in the way we wanted the P58 to
And what a beautiful machine it is! Not only the
proud owner was stunned, but the reaction of the visitors showed
this should have been done then, and still finds approval today.
Similar conversions can be done on any F1Sports or, with a
considerably greater effort, any F1.
As you may have noticed from our web-site, the last F1 Sport
produced at Shenstone and rebuilt by us has been sold. It now
resides with an enthusiast in Lancashire.
Our next project, another F1 Sport sometimes referred to as the
‘Goslett Norton’, is now stripped to the last nut & bolt
and undergoing the same detailed rebuild. Completion is scheduled
for late January – but a sale has already been agreed ‘subject
to contract’. This machine will have a strengthened rear frame
and a pillion seat.
The following project, for a
change, has a piston and four valves. This is the Harris-framed
‘Hornet’ prototype built by Norman Hyde in 1996.
It will be fully checked over and offered for sale with an
Another interesting machine in
our workshop for the winter is the Battle of Twins racer, owned
and sponsored by Norton Motors Deutschland, campaigned by Hartmut
Mueller in the European series a few years ago. It started life as
the first pre-production F1, P550001, but now has very little in
common with a production bike. Twin-plug aero rotor housings with
matching high compression rotors, twin under seat ejectors, six
speed transmission, magnesium wheels, carbon mouldings, etc. and
definitely not for sale
(although extravagant arm-twisting may convince Joe otherwise !).
Krauser rear end
conversion kits for Commander are being
put together and should be available later this month.
Mouldings are to the well-known ‘Mitchenall’ standard from the
original moulds and the brackets are powder coated satin black.
The kit will include the rear lamp and all the bolts, washers and
nuts required to complete the job.
In 1988 Doug Hele designed a
hydraulic clutch for
the Commander which I recall road testing and being
impressed with the light action and ease of neutral-finding. That
prototype was, I think, fitted to ‘1010’ (‘Morning Reuben !)
but didn’t make it into production after introduction of the F1.
We have re-engineered it so that the slave cylinder fits under the
standard inspection cover and have it on test (‘Morning Mike !).
When we’re happy with it, we will offer it as a conversion kit.
(Now available- see July 2005 News!)
Now for some of the new things
in stock :
Replacement Ignition systems
As a joint venture with a UK
design company, we have been developing an ignition to
replace the Sparkrite and Boyer systems fitted to Norton rotaries.
Development of installations to suit each of the models has been
completed (thanks to assistance from Bob Gordon, Paul Johnstone
and Mike Walker) and we offer a complete ‘plug and play’
package including illustrated fitting instructions.
The benefits of the system include improved starting, a consistent
idle, and improved reliability. The ballast resistor, the most
common failure of Boyer systems, is unnecessary with the
‘Digikit’ system and every effort has been made to improve the
reliability of the electrical connectors.
The ignition controller employs digital technology to ensure
consistent operation and is contained in an environmentally sealed
aluminium case fitted with external plug and socket wiring
connectors sealed to IP68 standard (= waterproof).
The ignition trigger is a
Hall-effect sensor, mounted in the same position as the original
trigger, with a cable and plug connecting it directly to the
controller. Air gap to the flywheel is not critical and is set to
approximately 2.00 mm. The sensor itself is an automotive item,
made by a major manufacturer, and used by Mid-West/Diamond for
their certified aircraft engines.
The kit is completed with a pair
of PVL coils and a sub-harness to connect the controller to the
coils, the temperature switch and to the power supply and ground.
When ordering, please specify on
which model of rotary it is to be fitted so that the appropriate
sub-harness is included in the kit.
Although fitting is
straightforward, and we include full instructions, you may prefer
that we fit it for you.
Number : 92-2485
2. Air Filter
Element for Interpol2 and Classic
have recently received the foam filter elements from the original
Description: Element, Air Filter, Air Cooled Models
The first new products to come
from the Norton Works at Rugeley!
Braking for Commanders
Stainless braided brake hose kit
for all variants of Commander; contains four flexible hoses with
stainless braid and swaged fittings, eight stainless banjo bolts,
sixteen copper washers, one litre of DOT4 brake fluid, and
comprehensive fitting instructions
Number ; 92-2480
Brake Hose Kit
Manual for Interpol 2
A quality re-print from the
original fully-illustrated Police Operators manual for single and
twin rotor idle models, now in a lay-flat spiral binder. Most of
the information applies to the Classic and is a very useful guide
for Commander Owners also.
Including illustrated sections
on how to dismantle and re-assemble the engine and transmission,
description of electrical systems and wiring diagrams,
carburettors, fault diagnosis, etc., etc..
Norton that Never Was !
The first production rotary
Norton was to be called the ‘Aurora’. Shenstone started to
build 25 pre-production models in 1979 after many years of
development. None of these were delivered to customers as
independent testing showed the need for further engine and chassis
development. With one exception, all were dismantled again and the
parts quarantined. The one example, referred to as the ‘Cooke
Nielsen’ after the US editor of ‘Cycle World’ who was to
have been first to release a road test, remained as a test hack in
the factory for several years and was to eventually end up in an
The ‘Classic’ of 1987 shares
many components which were originally developed for the
‘Aurora’ and, not surprisingly, some of the other ‘Aurora’
parts found their way into private hands.
As a memento of this first
rotary project, we offer an injection moulded wall plaque
measuring 280mm x 135mm and a set of three black & white photo
prints measuring 250mm x 200mm showing this unique motorcycle.
Water Pump Assembly, Exchange
We now have Service Exchange
water pumps in stock. These have the housing re-painted and new
spindle, bearings, circlips and seals fitted. Each is pressure
tested to 30 psi.
Exchange is subject to the
returned housing being re-useable.
SX Water Pump
Plate Set, Molybdenum Coated, Exchange
For a durable reclaim of your
damaged end and centre plates, we now have sets of exchange plates
in stock for all models. These have been sprayed with 99.99% pure
molybdenum and ground to give an extremely hard, wear-resistant
surface. This was originally developed by us in 1992 and now
applies to all new production, including the aero engines of UAV
Engines and Diamond Engines (ex Mid-West Engines).
Exchange is subject to the
returned plates being re-useable.
SX Engine Plate Set
And finally, we have
an F1 Sport for sale !
Rebuilt by us regardless
absolutely immaculate !
|19th August, 2004
At last- the Parts Price list
for Norton Rotary Spare Parts, long awaited by many enthusiasts,
is put on the net.
|23rd July, 2004
The Norton Motors Ltd homepage is
on a new server; e-mail adresses are established and further work
on updating the homepage is in progress.
Also new is the "Bikes for Sale" page, listing two of
the seventy F1Sports ever built.
|19th March, 2004
Norton Motors Ltd is established in
the new premises and open for work and the sale of parts. The
homepage (Mk1 version) is on the net.
Norton Motors Ltd is moving out
of the old factory in Shenstone into new premises, about
10 miles away. This move was made necessary as the owners of
the old factory were not prepared to let part of the old building
to Norton Motors Ltd. The new premises will be open from mid-March, 2004.
Norton Motors Limited of
Lichfield announces that it has acquired the total stock of Genuine
Norton Spare Parts, Technical Drawings, and Intellectual Property
from Norton Rotary Engineering Limited of Lynn Lane, Shenstone.
Norton Motors Ltd will
commence operations in early 2004 offering
spare parts, servicing, and technical advice to owners of Rotary
Motorcycles and backed up by staff having a combined total of
73 years hands-on experience in this field.
Richard Negus, Managing
Director, has a lifetime's experience in the motorcycle industry, mainly
with Norton, including 21 years with rotary engines. Previously, Richard
was Director of Motorcycles, responsible for engineering the Classic,
Commander, F1, F1 Sport, and TT588 machines.
Dave Marshall will continue
to handle the distribution of Spare Parts, a function
that he has managed since joining Norton in 1985.
Tony Squire joined the Service
Department of Norton in 1988 and is acknowledged as the
expert in fault diagnosis and repair. Tony has a wide range of
competition experience, including machine preparation for race teams of Duckhams
Norton, Honda, Ducati, and Aprilia.
Norton Motors Ltd was
re-established by Richard Negus and Joe Seifert in 1996 with the aim of
re-commencing manufacture of Norton motorcycles at the long-established
Shenstone site. Although that original plan was not successful, Richard
and Joe are pleased to announce completion of this
||Richard Negus (right)
and Joe Seifert taking posession of "their" parts stores
on the eve of the auction. Both had been working towards that day
for several years, and had made various approaches to the then
Canadian owners to put the Norton Rotary Spares and Service
Operation back onto its feet. The aim is now to get everything
back into full operation in early 2004. We hope Norton Rotary
motorcycle owners will soon get their parts and services at a
standart not experienced from the factory after 1992.
As a part of the Norton Motors Group of
Companies (which also includes Norton Motors GmbH), Norton Motors Ltd
has secure financial backing and aims to expand the range of Spare
Parts and Services available.