Andover Norton News

New parts for Norton Rotaries: Since Andover Norton has taken on the Rotary Spares stock of Norton Motors Ltd we have gradually re-stocked normal consumables resp. re-introduced popular items that had not been available since the original stock dried up.
September 2012
At last: Rear mudguards for Fastbacks!
Another long-term project has now been put into production, our Fastback rear mudguards. These are very different to the normal rear mudguards of the other Commando models. Not only are they shorter, but they have a flared edge.

Fitting one of the Roadster/Interstate/"S"/"SS" rear mudguards to a Fastback results in a very odd-looking rear end that simply is not right. And, yes, we have seen it done many times!

We now offer four variants of these mudguards: the early (1968-70) Fastback mudguard with one mounting point at the front (part no. 06-0507, right), and the post-1970 mudguard with two holes at the front - part no.
, left.

These come under the original part numbers painted black.

Adding a /1 to the part number - i.e. ordering
- gets you a polished version of the same stainless steel item, and thus a replica of the chromium-plated guards used on the Production Racers.
May 2012
Now available from Andover Norton: Alton Electric Start Conversion
You may think these kits are not available though us if you followed the recent press coverage. The reason is that we insisted on checking the kits first. We have fitted and operated a couple of kits to our satisfaction before we decided to distribute them.
The Alton electric start kit is relatively simple to fit. One advantage is that, should one decide to convert their Commando back to original, this is easily possible. In the meantime the electric start kit makes life with the Commando much easier, especially for those who have knee or hip problems, and now find it hard to kickstart their Commando.
The Starter Kit contains a new alternator and all other parts (except the battery) that is needed to convert the motorcycle. It is suitable for 750 and 850 (pre-Mk3) Commandos with triplex chain (standard production) primary drives. Installation instructions are included in the kit.
April 2012
The Classic Motorcycle features Andover Norton
Well, that was the idea, anyway. Reads more like a CV of its owner- apologies, we'd have liked to read- and see!- more about the company itself.
March 2012
And further to our new headlamps:
We have just taken delivery of
HEADLAMP SHELL & RIM (3 W/LIGHT+1 SWITCH) 60279 (99.7039)

Coming soon:
HEADLAMP SHELL & RIM (AMM+SWITCH+1xLIGHT) '68-'70 (54523999)
February 2012
Another first for Andover Norton: The Dominator/Atlas headlamp.
To the best of our knowledge this model has never been offered by Andover Norton before. This headlamp is made for us in England. No offering from the Far East of dubious dimensions and/or headlamp rims that will not fit.

This is the real article.

Part No. 06.7283 HEADLAMP SHELL
CHROME RIM/BLACK SHELL (Dommi/Atlas with ammeter + 1 lamp)
January 2012
Another Andover Norton Exclusive: CP2195 AP Calipers
The legendary CP2195 Caliper. Commissioned & exclusively available from Andover Norton.
Andover Norton International Ltd are proud to announce the re-manufacture of the legendary CP2195 caliper.

We have commissioned a batch of these CP2195 calipers, as used by virtually all motorcycle racers in the 1970s and 1980s and by manufacturers such as Norton (on the Production Racers), Ducati, Rickman, Egli and many others.

These AP (formerly AP Lockheed) calipers have not been available- bar a small batch a while ago, made to restore the bikes damaged in the fire at the National Motorcycle Museum- for many a year. We have asked AP to re-manufacture them exclusively for us. They will, therefore, be available only from Andover Norton, with deliveries commencing in July, 2012, and will retail at £249.95 +VAT.

For those who want a cheaper alternative we offer the CP2696 series caliper, which looks similar at first glance but can be easily identified by its four square ribs per side, thus looking more angular and "modern".

For the discerning restorer who will only go for the real deal the CP2195 is without a doubt the one to get.
Andover Norton 2011
Norton Spare Parts News
Original Norton Spare Parts
New Original Norton Spare Parts – talking of which
Norton Andover, December 2011

Commando Gearboxes (pre-850Mk3)
In our quest to offer more and more assemblies in addition to the individual parts, these are our complete Commando750/850 gearboxes. Though I have been involved in Norton spares since the late 1970s, I can not remember these being available as a spare part after production ended. Part No. 06-0543, Commando 750/850 up to No. 306590 (i.e. standard 2nd Gear), Part No.
, No.
(i.e. higher 2nd gear), Part No.
, 850Mk3 gearbox

Complete Clutch, Norton pre-Commando
This was a very time consuming project, but at long last it has come to fruition. Drawings were missing, manufacturing hickups occurred, but now at last we can offer all the individual parts as well as complete clutches again after about 40 years of non-availability. Part No.

Cylinder barrels from our own dies, machined to 750 and 850 condition. The advantage of our new 750 barrels over the original 750 barrel is the increased stability of the bottom flange that had a tendency to fracture on tuned engines as well as on engines that were bored oversize. Our barrels are virtually indestructible. Our barrels are marked "ANIL" at the bottom flange so you are sure what you are getting.
We have also introduced the Production Racer fork sliders in cooperation with Mick Hemmings Motorcycles.

These fork sliders are machined to the original drawings in our posession for the correct disc diameter (11 1/2" or 292mm).
Easy to identify by the casting number inside the caliper extension "TX0032"

Part No.
for r.h. fork leg with caliper at front,
Part NO.
for l.h. fork leg with caliper at front
Fork legs can also be used with calipers at back.
Originally these fork legs were used with our CP2195 calipers.
The CP2696 caliper, also available from us, can be used instead.
bearing shells
Commando con-rod bearing shells
Norton Andover, November 2011. We now have all parts to build a Dominator clutch assembly, including all clutch centre parts (See "New items just in"). This was a project that has been in the pipeline for many a month, but we finally got there. All parts Made in England for Andover Norton bar the clutch plates. No parts are the same as the "alternative" offers you get elsewhere!

Andover Norton now have stock of newly manufactured Commando con-rod bearing shells which offer improved wear characteristics over the original equipment items.
They still have have the high quality Lead-Bronze bearing substrate of the original shells, but offer a more advanced bearing surface than the original Lead-Indium overlay treatment. They now have a superior Lead-Tin-Copper finish overlay for a longer service life and greater wear resistance.

Sometimes original is best, but if improved technology is available it is wise to make use of it for this type of demanding application!

Std. size part no.
, -0.010” part no.
, -0.020” part no. 06.4287..
Original Norton Spare Parts
And you thought Andover Norton cares solely about Commandos?
Norton Andover, October 2011

Many Norton owners are not aware that we manufacture featherbed frames and other featherbed Norton parts, and are often led to believe these are made by others.

Even some Norton dealers are have not yet realized we now manufacture and supply many parts that are needed to complete a featherbed frame chassis.

As of late we now have: Swinging arms with all the parts needed to fit them to the frame, the crosstube for the frame, and (not pictured) taper roller bearings for the steering head, part No.

Other auxiliary parts we can supply that are not pictured: Rear Chainguard
, Head Steady for Norton twins
, Wideline Dualseat NM20123 – resp. Slimline
– , Suspension Units (shrouded)
... etc.

Remember - the company owner has two featherbed models he rides besides his Commandos, so is not immune to the attraction of the featherbed concept.
Norton Andover, September 2011
Just arrived: Clutch Basket, Dommi/Singles

Last available as a genuine part about 30 years ago, now back in stock!
English manufacture, hardened, not to be mistaken for other dubious offerings in the market! No. 04-0359

Another item that has not been available for decades has now been added to our Commando parts programme- the heatshields for "SS" exhaust pipes. Faithful copies of a set of original heat shields we were able to locate:
narrow front mudguard of early Commandos
Norton Andover, July 2011
Now available again: The narrow front mudguard of early Commandos!
Part No.

It was not produced after 1972- only the wider mudguard of the late 750s and all 850s was available for decades- but we have now made the narrow type again which looks far nicer with the narrow front tire of the earlier Commandos (3.25x19 resp. 3.60x19, today 90/90x19).

On the photograph, however, it covers the "wide" tire 3.50x19 resp.4.10x19, today 100/90x19.
This requires slight widening of the mudguard stays
, but the boss thinks it still looks nicer on his personal 1971 signal orange Roadster which had it fitted when new.
This keeps your oil clean!
Now available from Andover Norton:

An accessory for the safety conscious Norton owner- sump filter with magnet. This keeps your oil clean of metal abrasions before it goes back into circulation.

Launch: The gearbox rebuild kits!
Juli 2011
Andover Norton launches the gearbox rebuild kits, consisting exclusively of Genuine Spare Parts.



Production Racer Headsteady
Production Racer Headsteady
For many years of racing and riding on the road I have preferred the production racer headsteady to the standard arrangenment. In my opinion, the increase in stability, though marred by a slight increase in vibration, is worth the expense. Headsteadies from different manufacturers are in the market. Some of them are as original, i.e. will not fit under production petrol tanks. Others we bought were very badly made. Company owner's son Tim Seifert, also a Commando rider, wanted one so, using the original drawing in Andover Norton's posession, he modified the structure. He slimmed it down so it now fits even under the narrowest standard production petrol tank, the Roadster tank. Furthermore, adjustment is now possible in height and sideways through the integration of shims and oval holes in strategically important positions. Headsteady comes with Assembly Instructions.

Luggage System for Commandos
Norton Andover, February 2011
We were asked for a luggage system for Commandos again and again over the years.
We never found a system took modern, waterproof panniers, panniers that can be attached, locked, unlocked and detached easily.

Our Solution
We also did not find a system that was fixed to the stable, reinforced parts of the frame. All systems in the market overload the rear frame loop which was never meant to take vertical loads and bends down very easily.

We therefore asked Hepco & Becker, one of the most respected names in the motorcycle luggage industry, to develop a system that loads those parts of the frame that can take the load, whilst using the rear frame loop only to stabilize the system laterally, something that the loop is fit to do.
The pictures show the prototype system, production systems are now available black, for 750s only
Part No. 06.7270
(special price), or chromed,
Part No. 06-7271

For 850s and especially 850Mk3s please order Part No.
Neuer Link
. The chromed system will now fit 850Mk3 models (new February 2013)
Andover Norton 2009
Austria, 18th/19th July 2009
International Norton Owners Club Rallye

The International Norton Owners Club Rallye - sponsored by the Norton Motors Group - started its International Rallye at the Oldtimer Grand Prix on the Salzburgring in Austria.

This was THE meeting to attend for all Norton enthusiasts, with more Nortons of historical importance than at any other gathering that year, with over 25 Norton Manxes starting together (more than ever seen on one starting grid since the 1960s), genuine racers from pre-war to Rotary, Norton works bikes and prototypes from the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Andover and Shenstone Norton factories.

Andover Norton was there with a marquee, showing our products, and the "Norton Motors Works Team" parading bikes from the works collection- a genuine 1960 30M Manx, ex-Rudi Glaeser (German 500cc Champion 1960); a genuine Commando production racer (vulgo: "Norvil"- beware of imitations!), bought new from Gus Kuhn and since a legend in the Munich area, and our Rotary Racer, P55 frame No. 1, campaigned in the German Battle of Twins championship in the early nineties.
Andover Norton 2008
End of an era- and start of a new one.
Picture Shows Bobs Farewell Presentation on 22nd February at Andover Norton; his first ANIL boss Mike Jackson looks on.
Bob Reynolds Retires
On 29th February, after nearly 44 years of working for Norton, an era ends with Bob Reynolds retirement.
After serving an apprenticeship at a butchers, Bob proceeded to be trained as a buyer at Norton Motors. He was responsible for supplies for Commando and later Norton Rotary production; after that ended, he was taken on by Andover Norton when the company purchased the Commando Spares business in 1991.
When Norton Motors Ltd aquired the Spares business in 2007, and Bob worked from the Norton Motors Ltd premises in Rugeley, the last months before his retirement were a bit like a return to the roots; even though Norton Motors Ltd today was very different to what it was in the 1960s, on a different scale and in a different location.
Some of the dealers present, including the "farest travelled" Mark Appleton from Canada.
Norton Open Day 22nd February 2008
Dealers & Press only. Robert M. Reynolds farewell ceremony

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