Custom NORTON Featherbed café racer with Alton electric starter For Sale

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Café racer
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Vehicle Title: 
Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed
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Description Custom NORTON Featherbed café racer with Alton electric starter

1961 Featherbed framed Norton 850 Café Racer with Alton electric starter




I started to build this bike in 2007, first by collecting parts and
making plans.  On a whim, I decided to change the final drive to a belt,
this may have added some time to the build, but it changed the way the bike
looked and made it different from all the other café bikes.  I wanted to
be able to see through the bike, only important and eye pleasing components
would be visible.  A complete photo log of the build can be seen here  After building was completed, I realised it
was not easy to start, first the big 35mm FCR carbs (now changed to something
more manageable) did not make for easy starting and the lack of a center stand
did not help and to make it even harder, clip on handlebars did not give enough
leverage to hold the bike while kicking.  The bike was begging for an
electric starter, but at the time nothing was available.  Different
projects sidetracked me until last year when I bought an Alton electric starter
and proceeded to make the changes necessary to install it while keeping the
belt final drive.  It is a
tight fit, but it works.


Everything in the engine and the transmission has
either been replaced or rebuilt, new bearings and new bushings, new valve
guides, new valves, new carburators, new Sachse electronic ignition with crank
mounted trigger.  New custom wiring harness, LED lights everywhere.
 Ballistic EVO2 LiPO 8 cell battery.  Custom Voltage regulator with
correct voltage for the EVO2 battery.  95% of fasteners are stainless steel.


The front brake is from a Suzuki GT750 and the rear
brake is from a Ducati 860.  SUN rims, WM4 X 18 in the rear and WM3 X 18
in front, stainless steel spokes from Bucchanans.  The swing arm is custom
made and incorporates an oil tank with a two liter capacity.  The engine
has a crankcase reed valve breather feeding oil mist to the oil tank which is
vented to the athmosphere.  Custom oil block to route the oil lines where
they take the shortest path to the oil tank. Custom 2-1 exhaust.


Original Smiths chronometric tachometer paired with
a Koso digital speedometer-odometer.


The asking price is set to what I beleive the bike
cost in parts alone and I'm sure I am forgetting quite a few, not counting any
of the thousands of hours taken to build it like I wanted.  Anyone wanting
to build a café racer based on a Featherbed frame will spend way more in parts
and labour.


This is not a show bike, it was built to be ridden,
unfortunately, at 67 with a new joint giving me pain everytime I want to do
something fun, I really can't consider riding it for extended periods of time,
I will leave that to younger riders, also I seem to get more enjoyment out of
building the bikes rather than riding them.  Here in Québec, the cost of
running more than one motorcycle is prohibitive so while I could keep it and
run it a few times a year, it would be sad to let it sit in a garage most of
the time, it deserves to be ridden.  There are a few nicks on the paint,
the paint on the hubs and the exhaust pipes is not real good but does not
impair the look of the bike.  I have riddent it around the neighborhood to
make sure everything works OK and so far, things look good.  An internet
search will show this bike featured  in hundreds of sites with positive
comments on the looks.  This is a unique Norton, a café racer that stands
out amongst the others.




To see a video of the bike starting, see 
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I have original but not current paperwork, if
needed, I could have the current license issued but it may take a few days, the
cost of doing so will be added to the total.


I can ship anywhere in the world, the bike will be
crated by me and the cost of the crate will be added to the winning bid.
 Cost of the crate is $350.


Shipping costs are the responsability of the buyer,
I can find a shipping company or the winning bidder can use whichever shipper
they want.


Pick-up is possible, but will only be released once
all funds have cleared.  I can also deliver within 500Km of Montreal for a
very reasonneable fee (contact me).


A $500 NON REFUNDABLE payment is
expected within 48 hours of auction close, this amount can be sent by PayPal


The full amount can be sent by bank transfer, fees
are the responsability of the winning bidder.  The bike will only be
shipped when all funds (deposit, bike, crate, shipper) have been paid and







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