Nice Bikes and Unhealthy Enterprise: A Transient Historical past of Norton Bikes is among the newest YouTube entries from On Yer Bike, a British bike video producer. This episode focuses on Norton, among the many biggest bike manufacturers from the U.Ok., and because the title says, the nice bikes it produced in addition to the numerous enterprise failures that beset it.
The corporate began earlier than World Conflict I by James Lansdowne Norton of Birmingham was the builder of champion bikes nearly from the start, ultimately dominating the rugged Isle of Man TT racing with its quick and balanced machines. Norton additionally provided greater than 100,000 bikes to the British navy throughout WWII.
The historical past of
Norton – as instructed in very British model by On Yer Bike chronicler Paul Jayson
(although he by no means does establish himself and whose scruffy beard seems to be completely
uncontrolled) – can be the story of the shysters and charlatans who took it
over throughout its varied instances of economic want.
However greater than that’s the magic of the mighty single-cylinder engines of their featherbed frames that thumped their strategy to repeated motorsport successes, the fabulous Dominators, Atlases and Commandos that discovered a lot recognition within the U.S., such improvements because the Isolastic body that remoted engine vibration, and the Norton/Triumph hybrids that turned referred to as Tritons, a stalwart of so-called café racers.
On Yer Bike has fairly a couple of movies exploring bikes, previous and current, which you could find on its YouTube channel homepage.
By the way in which, “on yer bike” is an outdated British expression that principally means “get outta right here” or “beat it,” corresponding to when someone’s making an attempt to faucet you for a mortgage.