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Posted by alex_arthur at December 20. 2017

Back in the early-mid seventies as a young teenager I wrote to NVT naïvely requesting a brochure on the 250 Jubilee, which I hoped would be my first 'real' bike. I had no desire to own a Japanese bike and planned to use the couple of intervening years leading up to my 17th birthday carrying out my first rebuild; a functioning bike was well out of range of my pocket.  Amazingly, a brochure for a 1959 Jubilee arrived shortly afterwards with an apology that it was the only one that could be found.  I subsequently got a '64 Jubilee, carried out a rebuild (twice; the second time applying what I had learned the first time around) before starting to ride it on the road on my 17th birthday.  It was subsequently swapped for a Triton that I proceeded to re-engine with a 600 '99' motor.  The brochure was a prize item that I kept for years, but which was lost somewhere in the period of leaving home.

Whilst leafing through an old manual for my father’s Model 7 that I had not looked at since I left home in '78, I found the self-same brochure tucked in between random pages.  As I have never seen one since I thought that I would scan it and post it here for the benefit of the lightweight community.

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Posted by patrick_mullen at December 20. 2017

This is quite interesting.  I have seen page one of this brochure somewhere before- probably online- and I thought that the colour of the bike in the brochure had somehow 'changed in the scanning' as the official colours listed by Norton in 1959 were Red, Blue or Green / Dove grey.  The colours in this picture very definitely agrees with that previous picture and seem to be Black/ ???.  -definitely not Dove Grey.  Maybe it was down to poor colour printing way back in 1959 when black and white photographs were the norm or alternatively the advertising department at Norton simply printed pictures which they thought looked good .

Black/Dove Grey was a De Luxe Navigator colour later in 1961; Or does anyone have more information on available colours?

 

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Posted by Dan Field at December 20. 2017
Is the matching cravat obligatory?!

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Posted by patrick_mullen at December 20. 2017

Yes of course.  One should be properly dressed whilst riding a De Luxe motorcycle; a crash hat and a leather jacket were only for the common people on frightful things like Tritons or BSA Bantams.

Happy Christmas to everyone.

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Posted by howard_thompson at December 21. 2017

You have to hand it to Norton's publicity department for their openness and honesty; they've even incorporated a major oil slick under the bike in their drawing.

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Posted by Ulrich Hoffmann at December 21. 2017

The paint scheme was a one month only special called smoked salmon:

coal black and salmon, err.

None of them survived.Laughing

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Posted by graham_squires at December 27. 2017

Here is our intrepid lightweight pioneer in another place!?. This time on his  way to the Earls Court Show. Turning heads and admiring glances!! (also see roadholder cover 355 july2017 ?).

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Posted by Dan Field at December 27. 2017

and wearing a cravat ..... as required!

does it  have a part number I wonder?

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Posted by howard_thompson at December 27. 2017

I see they still included the oil slick. Also, have you noticed how, in their drawings of new model cars and motorbikes in those days, the proportions of the vehicles and the people were always changed slightly to make the car/bike seem larger and more imposing? It was a universally-applied trick of the trade apparently.

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Posted by graham_squires at January 11. 2018

Is this our intrepid lightweight pioneer  on film doing his day job I wonder !?? A Norton Test rider exploring the limits of these lightweight machines. Can anyone put a name to  these real life characters ?

 

youtube    :-   100 Years of Avon Tyres

(I don`t know how to put videos as an attachment.)

 

Enjoy!!

 

GRAHAM

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Posted by Dan Field at January 12. 2018

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Posted by patrick_mullen at January 12. 2018

Is it my eyesight or has the film deteriorated with age ? Do you think the machine is actually a lightweight Norton- possibly a Standard Navigator?  I can't remember much about Avon bike tyres but the 'in' tyre in the Mini car rallying world was the Dunlop SP3.

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Posted by Dan Field at January 12. 2018

Yes looks like Roadholder forks anyway, I recall using Avon speedmasters and roadrunners I think.

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Posted by graham_squires at January 12. 2018

Definitely a standard Navigator , roadholder forks and front brake. Interesting to note the colour , a mildly metallic  blue combined with dove grey.(Freeze frame at 6.27) Dove grey seat top with dark grey sides.

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Posted by paul_standeven at January 13. 2018

In the interests of historical documentation, you are now obliged to create a replica of this extremely rare motorcycle.  And ride it wearing a colour-matched cravat.  And don't forget the Norton-supplied oil slick

Paul

 

Previously Ulrich Hoffmann wrote:

The paint scheme was a one month only special called smoked salmon:

coal black and salmon, err.

None of them survived.Laughing

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