Up for Auction is my 1963 Norton Atlas Cafe Racer. This bike has the famous Norton “Featherbed” frame known for it’s fine handling. This Norton has been heavily modified with many parts from Unity Equipe in England. I’ve owned this bike for around 15 years but it’s time to thin the herd. The low bars and thin seat are getting a bit uncomfortable for my aging back and posterior.
Frame: I removed a few extraneous mounting tabs and had it powder coated gloss black. New tapered roller bearings installed for the steering stem. A Manx type swing arm bushing kit has been installed. The stock engine mounting plates have been replaced with Converta “Duralumin” engine mount plates from Unity Equipe. All polished stainless steel nuts/bolts have been used wherever possible. Unity M+D rearset footrests. Centerstand only. No side stand.
Unity (friction) Steering Damper.
Forks have been rebuilt with new fork tubes, seals, bushings, and external springs. Front fender mounting (lower) bosses removed from fork legs and legs fully polished. New alloy top yoke from Unity Equipe. The stock lower yoke has been powder coated silver. Alloy top nuts.
Rear shocks are vintage DOT brand (Devoid of Trouble) Seriously.
Wheels have been rebuilt with Excell alloy flanged rims and stainless spokes /nipples from Buchanan’s Spoke and Rim. New wheel bearings. Hubs have been fully polished. Front brake is a twin leading shoe unit from Unity Equipe in England. Tires are Avon Super Venom.
Engine has been totally rebuilt with new Superblend main bearings, Hepolite pistons and rings, M.A.P. Alloy connecting rods. Crankshaft was professionally machined and balanced by Auto Machine in St. Charles, IL. Oil pump was rebuilt by AMR of Tucson. Nortec Anti wet sump modification was done at this time. New valves and springs.
Chrome primary cover has some dings and imperfections in the chrome.
Custom alloy chain guard with rubber mounts.
New “swept back” exhaust pipes and megaphones from Clubmann Racing.
(they’re pretty loud). Bronze exhaust nuts.
Transmission has been rebuilt by me with all new Andover Norton bushings, bearings, and seals.
Original Lucas “Competition” magneto rebuilt, rewound, re-capped by an expert in California. I forget his name (Mark Summers?) The Bike usually starts on 2-3 kicks.
3 gallon alloy “Lyta” fuel tank with Monza style alloy cap. Stainless tank strap with Manx type toggle clip, Alloy slimline oil tank with Monza cap, Manx style seat, alloy fenders. All from Unity Equipe in England. Headlight bucket is a Norton Dominator unit with the original Smiths Chronometric speedometer in very nice shape.
Tomaselli clip-ons and headlight mounts. Magura alloy levers.
2 New Amal Premier 30 mm carbs. Webco finned intake manifolds.
I’ve rejetted both carbs with larger main and pilot jets (220 main jets, pilot jets next larger size. I forget the size) Further jetting may be required depending upon altitude, temperature. Functioning choke slides operate with Doherty choke lever.
Electronics: New Wassell rotor and stator. New Tympanium rectifier / regulator is installed under seat. Sealed 12v battery mounts above swingarm pivot. Headlight is older Norton Dominator type with Smiths Speedometer and pattern ammeter.
Gas tank has a couple small dings as shown (done by previous owner, honest). Primary cover needs re-chroming to be perfect.
No warranty expressed or implied.
Please keep in mind that this is a 55 year old British motorcycle. Parts can break, bolts can loosen, it shakes a bit, it may weep a drop or two of oil now and then. But that’s all part of the appeal of a bike like this. Don’t fool yourself into thinking this is like owning a Honda. Keep in mind you should know how to adjust & repair old bikes to own something like this. I do this stuff for fun. You should too. I have a stack of receipts for most of the parts that I will pass on to the new owner. Please note, I don’t have any of the original Atlas tank, fenders, seat, etc. These parts were removed and sold by the previous owner.
Buyer is responsible for shipping. I’ll do what I can to help on this end for shipping. I can deliver this bike by trailer up to 20 miles if necessary. Local pickup is OK.
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