1939 Norton Model 16H 500cc single cylinder Motorcycle
Original Milage unknown -Chronometric Speedometer shows 0000 since complete rebuild maybe 200 miles on it speedo not hooked up
This is an excellent running/riding restored 1939 Norton 500cc 18H Big Single cylinder flathead motorcycle. Completely rebuilt from one end to the other, bottom picture shows the before. I acquired this motorcycle from an elderly friend whose eyesight is going and thus the motorcycles he owns are up for sale. He has owned this motorcycle since 1991. He worked for the State Department and got this and a BSA M20 and a HD WL in Cairo Egypt (Pictures of when purchased available, you can ask me about that anytime), a very skilled mechanic too given there is not a part of this motorcycle that has not been gone through and rebuilt to a very high standard, in my opinion. As shown, it has black and Silver livery and powder coated rims and frame and spokes rims and fittings - the red pin-striping is just tape and can be removed.
This was a WD Motorcycle that has been restored to a Civilian, slight custom look. It was in its earlier life fighting Germans in North Africa in 1940. It now has a Brooklands type exhaust muffler fitted which stops the original tool box from being fitted. The original large tool box is included in the sale if the buyer wishes to put a stock muffler on it, as seen it has had a nice tool bag attached to the other side. This motorcycle has been repainted or reworked with no expense spared, in order to make it a very useable daily rider - including rebuilt engine, rebuilt gearbox, slightly larger ES2 Carb, rebuilt Magdyno, rebuilt forks, rebuilt primary drive as seen and all done to quite a high standard. It has been built in to what you see over many years. Has had a disc front brake fitted with no modification except a small bracket welded to the front forks, it can quite easily be put back to stock if desired and all parts to do so are included in the sale - I was going to but after riding this bike around, the disc is such a monumental upgrade on the small pressed steel brake hub this came with that I just kept it like it is, all parts removed are included with the sale as seen below.
The condition of this motorcycle is excellent, near show but not quite as it has been used on a couple vintage road runs. I have personally ridden this bike quite a bit up where I live and it is a lovely ride, a real pleasure, the big comfy sprung seat and riding position make it a sublime ride for its age, very nice Norton Dolls head transmission has been rebuilt and works superb. It starts first kick when you know the drill and runs excellent does not miss a beat, nice torque for one of these early flat head big singles up to about 55-60 mph, the speedo is not hooked up because of the disc brake, but the original and correct Chronometric speedometer has been rebuilt. Surprisingly these bikes handle really well on twisty roads and go great down the road as well - a very reliable useable classic. These late 1930's Norton British singles are just about as good as they get for British touring singles of the period, up there in power with usual BSA, Triumph and Ariel Singles of the same period but better handling. The Norton transmission shifts with the familiar feel of these 4 speed gearboxes and is about the best Brit gearbox of the period and starts easily, hot, cold or wet. Has correct Amal carb. All the electrics are in full working condition with bright and clean lamp and has been hooked up with a stop lamp too. A very enjoyable vintage machine that is good for long and short distance rides in any weather and on any type of road, it's brakes are extremely good with the Mod. The tires are in very good condition with about 200 miles on them. All the bright work is nice. Again this motorcycle is in excellent condition but may be a hair short quite of a show quality machine but really not too far away and well above average condition with very low milage complete Restoration and rebuilt engine and cycle parts. Everything is very presentable and well above average.
Overall this bike has a great 1930's look and in my opinion is just how you would want to have a bike that you can ride and which runs and rides great, and I am sure this bike can be ridden just as it is for years and years to come. Norton 16H flatheads were made from the 1920's through to the 1950's for a very good reason they run superb and are of simple reliable design so anyone can work on this bike, 500cc Norton single models are becoming harder and harder to find in any condition. Please study the pictures correctly (or if on your phone then in the description tab ) closely if you need to see something specific please email. This machine has a clean California title and current resgistration . If you need any more info message me now - Thank you for looking..
This motorcycle has clean title and registration and anyone is more than welcome and encouraged to come and see her for a test. Thanks for looking and goodluck...