The Norton ES-2 Motorcycle



Today’s Car Post
is about one of
my favorite

– in this case,
a British made
rocket called the
Norton ES-2.


Similar to the
Norton Model 18,
in everything, that is,
but with springs on the
rear suspension and the
overhead valve engine
configuration, the ES-2
had a girder forked frame,
and used a single cylinder
500 cc engine.

It was an
extremely popular,
durable and versatile
motorcycle –


– for
the 36 years that
Norton built it –
between 1927
and 1963.

The machine
was especially
well thought of by
riders and mechanics
alike for it’s ease
of maintenance
and simplicity
of design.


Alec Bennett won
the winner’s podium
at the Isle of Man TT
in 1924 on a Model 18,
and the ES-2 was even
better and more nimble.

It’s top speed was
about 90 MPH –
– not bad for a single
cylindered 500.

The last real ES-2 rolled
off the assembly line
in 1963.

1965 MK2

( in 1965 , the parent
company of Norton,
AMC, produced
a “ES-2 Mark 2” based
on a “Matchless” frame
badged as a Norton. ) –>


!! HOY !!

1948 Norton ES-2


The Best of Vintage British Motorcycles

Today we look at the best of vintage British Motorcycles from five of the biggest manufacturers — Triumph, BSA, Norton, Vincent, and Ariel .

Ariel 1945

All motorcycle connoisseurs have their favorites.

It’s part of the nature of motorcycling, that certain folks like certain kinds of bikes.

I know several guys who never owned anything but Harley Davidsons.

I personally have owned makes from the U.S., from England, Japan, and Germany.

And I have to say, there is something very special about an English motorcycle.

A reader of mine stopped in and commented recently about how she learned to ride on British made motorcycles…..

I think a lot of us today look at the ready availability of Japanese bikes of every size and description and forget that it wasn’t always like that….
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