Saturday, June 08, 2013

1973 F750 John Player Norton: The Rebirth

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The John Player Norton won the 1973 F750 TT at the Isle of Man. And now, you can have a bike that looks just like this legendary racebike. Won't be cheap though...

Four decades ago, Peter Williams went out on his John Player Norton racebike, which he designed and built himself, and won the F750 TT at the Isle of Man. And now, he’s back – with limited-edition replicas of the machine on which he won at the IoM back in 1973. Peter Williams Motorcycles (PWM) are now taking orders for replicas of the 1973 F750 TT-winning John Player Norton, just 25 units of which will be built, each carrying a price tag of £65,000.

In ’73, Peter’s original Norton Commando-based monocoque-framed racebike was able to lap the Isle of Man circuit at an average speed of 172km/h, not too bad for a bike powered by an ageing, air-cooled, push-rod parallel-twin. The new replicas will remain true to the original (four units of which were built 40 years ago…), with engines being built by Norton specialist Mick Hemmings, stainless steel monocoque chassis retaining the original’s specs and bits like cast magnesium wheels and forks having been created after referencing original 1970s drawings.

In addition to the JPN replica, PWM also have another machine in the works – a thoroughly modern sportsbike featuring a carbonfibre monocoque chassis. They’ve already produced the first prototype of that bike, working in collaboration with Lotus, and with further development, the bike might be put into low-volume production sometime soon. “Starting with the replicas of my 1973 TT-winning bike, we will show investors what we are capable of, and present collectors and enthusiasts with a unique opportunity. With the 40th anniversary of the TT victory, we have the ideal opportunity to bring the JPN replica to market – the designed-for-manufacture version will be of equal elegance and efficient function of the original JPN monocoque. As soon as we receive firm orders, we can press the button and the new bikes can be created,” says Peter.

More pics after the jump...

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