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Actually, I am an airplane nut, but as money and space are scarce commodities, I finally settled for a motorcycle.
16H Norton is simple motorcycle, which carries me across the country at an
leisurely pace, enabling sightseeing
as civil machine in January 1977, I found out afterwards it really was a wartime
Still in civvies I used it to get my drivers license, which at that time was rather unusual. (No speedo,
In February 1978 I bought
an R50 BMW as even then, it was a bit awkward to ride such an old machine
in "modern traffic" and for "every day" travel. This
enabled me to start the restoration of the 16H. For a number of military additions I used parts from another bike (see
restoration page). I also bought quite some parts from the, now deceased,
George Yeomans at Drayton Mill near Birmingham. He had loads of nice stuff
although I came a year too late. He sold brand new (old stock) engines for
a ridiculous low price (as he found out later) the year before.
I rebuild it to its supposedly original delivery condition as I understood it to be then. At present it is over 95% original (parts used). I would say it ended up as a nice representative of a "Rebuild" motorcycle!
1995 I added insignia to resemble a machine of the Royal Signals detachment
of the Dutch "Prinses
a visit to Biggleswade in 1980 (in my quest to find additional parts), I was quite surprised when I was invited
by a member of the organizing committee to attend the "Wheels at war day" at Duxford, because they did not
have a Norton 16H on the show!!
Through all the searches
I learned a bit of the history of military motorcycles. 20 years ago
this was a relatively