Hoping you have a truly Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!!
I don’t really like working on cars, but restoration of a classic muscle car is something I can dig and it will help keep me busy through the long, slow winter… And it’s just one of those timeless pieces of Americana that many a young lad dreamt of sliding through the streets of San Francisco like Steve McQueen, who also rode motorcycles on and off road for fun. Ergo, it’s little more than a bike with two extra wheels… I tell myself.
Norton introduced the Featherbed frame in 1950, and further refined it into the Slimline Featherbed in 1960. This was the frame of choice for many bike builders to mount other power plants into for many, many years! The uncontested heavy weight champion of the motorcycle world for more than a decade, and still it endured well past it’s prime, due to the wonderful characteristics it possessed in stirring mind, body and soul when tearing up a road course or pottering along a narrow country lane. Poetry in motion for those of us infused with a passion and love for our two wheeled motivators.
This 1966 Atlas is surely the epitome of pre-Commando Norton’s. That lovely Norton line, as Roy Bacon dubs it, a powerful parallel twin with a wonderful and jovial resonating song and perfect ergonomics for my five foot eight frame all make for a splendid ride! After I do a bit of fettling on the old girl, of course.