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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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