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Mick King, owner of Superformance Motorcycles in Vancouver (one of the first performance/custom bike shops in Western Canada) built an interesting special in the late 1960s, using a Norton Featherbed frame and a salvaged NSU car engine.
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The Prinz engine fit into the Norton frame without cutting metal, although a new bolt-on sump needed to be designed to fit a Norton frame.
It looked simple, but the reality of mating the NSU engine with a motorcycle gearbox, plus sorting a primary chain, and clutch, and a functioning oil sump, required skilled fabrication.
The British frames are imperial sized tubing 1" and 2-1/4" backbone. VIN- the traditional Norton VIN number on the aluminum plate, engine and transmission note on vin 30xxxx are 1973 31xxxx are 1974 325xxx are 1975-end 2.
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This might just be the incentive I need to crack on and complete the article!This article and website are based upon my own opinions, experiences, mistakes and successes and is provided for general interest and information purposes only.I hope you find it useful, but please do not rely blindly on anything I have written or done myself.n the mid 1960s an overhead-camshaft four cylinder motorcycle was the object of fantasy and an ideal of red-blooded motorcyclists everywhere.
No fast Fours had been available commercially since 1942, when the last Indian 4 rolled out of Springfield, and only the rare (and ugly) MV Agusta 600 was theoretically available for the street.
The most capacious frame in the 1960s was the Norton Featherbed, which had been in production since 1952, meaning plenty of ‘loose’ frames were available in salvage yards by the 1960s.