NORTON ES2. 500 CC SINGLE CYLINDER.APPROX 1960.
The Norton ES2 was a British motorcycle designed and built by Norton Motors Ltd in Birmingham. First produced in 1927, this long stroke single was originally launched as a sports motorcycle but throughout its long life it was gradually overtaken by more powerful models. The designation ES2 originated from the original design where E was for extra cost, S for sports and the 2 was a reference to the second version of the 79mm x 100mm 490cc engine. It remained popular due to its relability and ease of maintenance, as well as the traditional design. From 1947 the ES2 had an innovative hydraulically damped telescopic front fork and race developed rear ‘plunger’ suspension. From 1953 it had a single downtube swinging-arm frame and was uprated to the Rex McCandless Featherbed frame in 1959 and featured an improved AMC gearbox, revised cylinder head, modernised alternator and an 8-inch front brake with full width hubs. For 1961 the bike was further improved with the Slimline frame with upper frame rails narrowed and a slimmer tank. The last Norton ES2 was produced in 1964
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