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.

 

Short fenders and clip-on; this is my favorite | Picture © Rocket Garage
Short fenders and clip-on; this is my favorite angle. | Picture © Rocket Garage
A well executed Norvin project is incredibly compact and muscled like a Bull Dog | Picture © Rocket Garage
A very well executed Norvin project, which is incredibly compact and muscled like a Bull Dog | Picture © Rocket Garage
Note the aluminum tank which contains gasoline on the front and oil on the back | Picture © Rocket Garage
Note the aluminum tank which contains gasoline on the front and oil on the back | Picture © Rocket Garage
The Cylinder heads (front type) comes from a D and allows the 2 Amal concentric to be on the same side | Picture © Rocket Garage
The Cylinder heads (front type) comes from a Series D and allow the 2 Amal Monoloc to be on the same side | Picture © Rocket Garage
A piece of art, a Dresden 8 cams by CMA | Picture © Rocket Garage
A piece of art, a Dresden 8 cams by CMA | Picture © Rocket Garage
The rear hub is a Manx type with aluminum rims
The rear hub is a Manx type with aluminum rims. The Manx hub replica can be done using a 1971 Triumph conical hub (T120 | TR6 | T150 oil in frame models). The modification consists to add holes on the periphery of the cone (you can see one of them just right to the damper).
Racing Shadow, a pretty and well made bike.
The Racing Shadow, a pretty and well made bike.

Visit: http://rocket-garage.blogspot.it/2014/01/racing-shadow.html

More about the Norvin:  https://egli-vincent.net/k-the-norvin-and-viscount/

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7 thoughts

  1. I wonder how hot the back of the tank is to your belly while riding. Potentially another incentive to lose some weight!

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