I have been meeting Master Roberto Totti on Friday night at Mr. Martini’s party, and while we were discussing Classic Café Racer, he told me about a beautiful Norvin CR 1000 having a fantastic 8-cam drum brake that he advised me to go and have a look.
The Norvin, a Vincent engine fitted in a Norton frame, is the concept of Café Racers pushed at the extreme during the Golden Era of the Rockers. I searched for it and I found it in an pure Italian style shop, that kind of shop that people have in their blood and which have been around for many years with good motorcycles.
The Norton frame was found rusty in Scotland with its original title, which said that the motorcycle had already been assembled with a Vincent engine Series C in 1958. The Vincent engine is a 1950 Series C on which cylinder heads from a Series D were fitted to have the two carburetors on the left side; the original exhaust Vincent Rapide was also changed.
The other specifications include: a Roadholder short fork with spring kit by Dresda, a rare 8 cams Dresda Drum Brake made by CMA, a Manx conical rear hub, a Vincent Black Shadow speedometer, an original aluminum tank from the 60s that contains oil and gasoline and an aluminum saddle cowl. The hand levers, gearshift and brake pedals comes from a Manx and the license plate from a Vincent Rapide.
Special thanks to Gianluca which has been so kind to send me these pictures taken outside instead of all those that I made within the fair.
Orazio Marco Scamporrino © 2014
From the rocket-garage.blogspot.it | translated and published by courtesy of the author.
More about the Norvin: https://egli-vincent.net/k-the-norvin-and-viscount/
Just about perfectly delicious.
Amazing piece of machinery, where do they get all the vintage parts like the front breaks?
The carbs are monoblocs not concentrics.
Correct, good catch. Thanks Philippe
Where did you obtain the CMA badges from on each side ?
I wonder how hot the back of the tank is to your belly while riding. Potentially another incentive to lose some weight!
you need to reduce the front brake size & have it anodized to a dull grey …this will give the bike a better proportion