This bike was literally a $500 barn find, purchased from an old guy that had chopped it back in the day, and left it to rot in his barn. The original Norton featherbed frame had the top tubes cut out and it had a single-tube backbone welded in to fit a sportster tank. The Norton forks had been extended about 8" to rake it out, and it had a 16" rear wheel and a 19" in front. It was one ugly machine. The frame was reconstructed back to featherbed specs by a local Norton race bike builder, Roger McHardy, and once that was together, I started fabricating and modifying the rest of it into the vision I had in my head. I'm super lucky to have such a good friend in Grant Schwartz at Schwartz Inc., who let me have a corner of his workshop to build this bike (along with use of his mill and lathe) and was alway on hand for advice and lots of help. The standout piece, in my mind, is likely the seat, as it was my first go at forming aluminum. I made a wooden buck and hammered/wheeled the tail section out of 3 separate pieces that where then welded together, filed, sanded and polished (and thrown against the wall by the polishing wheel, and re-hammered, re-sanded and re-polished again...) I'm really happy how it turned out.
Owner: Andy Cox
Year/Make/Model: 1968 Norton Atlas
Fabrication: Myself, Schwartz Inc., McHardy Norton Racing
Build Time: 2-3 years off and on.
Year/Type/Size: 1968 Norton 750
Exhaust: custom fabricated headers into Commando S megaphones.
Air Cleaner: None. The air is pretty clean in Canada.
Rake/Stretch: Stock (returned to stock)
Type / Brand: Modified Norton Roadholder
Front Size: 19"
Rear Size: 18"
Plating/Polishing: The Polishing Depot, Cambridge Custom Chrome & Me.
Powdercoating: Fireball Coatings.
Front Fender: generic alloy fender, modified to fit.
Rear Fender: generic alloy fender, modified to fit
Gas Tank: Long Story. originally Legendary Motorcycles Alloy Manx Lyta, which was horrible all the way around. Currently a Dunstall alloy Manx Lyta, which so far is much better.
Handlebars: generic drag bar
Mirrors: Bar End Mirror I had in my stash.
Hand Controls: Doherty dual cable throttle
Foot Controls: Modified Joker Machine w/ my own linkages.
Headlight: Modified Triumph (upgraded to sealed beam)
Taillight: After Hours Shot Glass
Turn Signals: None.
License Mount: Me
Seat: I made the pan and tail section, uhpostry by Herman's Auto trim.
Custom & Special Details or Accessories:
4 Leading Shoe front brake, modified to fit in the (also modified) Norton fork. Grey-faced Smiths gauges, Boyer E.I., Borrani high shoulder rims.
Big Thanks to Grant Schwartz for the barn-find hookup, shop space, advice, welding and friendship, Lowbrow Customs for having all the tools, British bike bits and fab parts at the ready and in stock, my wife and Lori and daughter Kaitlyn for the patience and putting up with this project.
Words by: Andy Cox
Photos by: Mikey Revolt