Rare Bikes

On a recent visit to Anthony Curzon, renowned P11 expert, in the UK he generously invited me to ride a couple of his very rare and unusual bikes.

The first is the experimental unified unit construction 650 Norton which never went into production.  Housed in a regular AMC duple frame, the bike just feels right – shifts smoothly, few vibes and handles precisely.  Unusual motor has camshaft behind the cylinders and the head looks rather like that of an A10.  At first glance it reminded me of an overgrown Electra.

The second bike is a 650 G12 motor installed in the “Pluto” oil bearing frame.  AMC developed this frame in the 1950’s, a decade before BSA’s Victor MX.  The bike went well but I didn’t find the riding position as comfortable as that on the unified twin.

Big “thank you” to Anthony for giving me the opportunity to ride these bikes.


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