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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Friday bike

Sorry things have been so quiet, I've just been so busy that I haven't had time to post anything.

Some of you might remember the famous 1973 John Player sponsored Norton racer.

Ridden by engineer Peter Williams, it was a very advanced bike for the era with cast wheels, disc brakes, tubeless tyres (all unusual at the time), and it used a twin spar monocoque frame that incorporated the oil and fuel tanks within its structure.

Only 3 racers (plus a prototype) were ever built, but that's about to change. Peter Williams' company plans on making a batch of 25 replicas.

More details on their website, where they make clear that this is a track bike and will not be suitable for riding on the road. There is a link where you can express interest, and the price should be in the region of £65,000 - 76,000 Euros - US$99,000.

1 comment:

  1. Just a bit out of my price range...but what a nice bike that would be. Wondered what he'd been up to after leaving "Classic Bike" magazine. I remember he'd patented a 'Spine' type frame that he was pitching to the motorcycle world. It too looked like an interesting concept. Those Norton's were definitely ahead of their time.