• Comprehensively restored.
• Fully rebuilt engine.
• Ready to ride.
The original road going Norton Model 18 was launched in 1923 and was designed by James Lansdowne Norton. The Model 18 rapidly gained a reputation as a quick bike, setting several records.
The Model 18 was also a step up in terms of reliability for motorbikes at the time and featured Norton's first ever overhead valve engine. During the course of production the Model 18 underwent multiple revisions including changes to brakes, gearbox and going from girder to telescopic forks.
The model 18 was a great success for Norton and is now highly regarded as a classic bike with great appeal thanks to it’s striking good looks.
The current owner has had the bike for around four years and the bike was brought over from Northern Ireland.
The current owner is very much a bike enthusiast and took on several project bikes, but now due to a lack of workshop space has decided to sell on this Model 18 having completed an extensive restoration.
Whilst we don’t have paperwork detailing the history of the bike, there are invoices for all of the parts used during the extensive restoration.
The Model 18 will of course benefit from a V5 document upon its sale.
This bike is in fantastic condition throughout after having undergone an extensive restoration by the current owner. Whilst it’s not in concourse condition most of the chrome is in excellent condition along with all of the trim (foot pegs etc) and the bike presents very well overall.
All of the mechanics have been overhauled and as such are in fantastic condition, this includes a full engine and gearbox rebuild including new bearings, big end, main etc.
The forks have had new stanchion and seals and bushes, new clutch and drivetrain, full new wiring loom, new rims and spokes both front and back wheels and new brake shoes.
The frame and tin has all been shot blasted and refinished as needed. We would note that as the bike has been unused for the last year or so it would benefit from a little tinkering to get it running at its absolute best, but make no mistake this bike is mechanically superb.
The Norton Model 18 is a much sought after classic bike, this one benefits from a comprehensive restoration including a full engine rebuild and is ready for the road.
This particular Model 18 is also fitted with telescopic forks making for a much improved riding experience over the bikes with girder forks. The 490cc engine runs very well and sounds fantastic, this is a bike that attracts attention wherever it goes. This is one you’ll not want to miss.
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