Classic Norton Bikes: Extra on 4 Speeders


SG– Earlier this yr we had a brief posting concerning the few 4 pace ‘cross over’ field machines which have survived from the twenties. As I discussed, by the point 1929 got here alongside the quantity being offered was fairly small. BUT a latest chat with Robert – who has a 1926 Mannequin 24 – prompted me to have a extra in depth have a look at the figures and I used to be very stunned on the outcome. The primary machine really listed is a Mannequin 24 (though the Works referred to as it a 4 pace 588 within the information) in mid 1925 and this was shortly adopted by a number of 4 pace Massive Fours. However come 1926 and the numbers grew surprisingly such that by the top of 1928 there seems to have been mannequin totals as follows (e and oe!):


Mannequin 14 … 177

Mannequin 24 … 399

Mannequin 34 … 114 

Mannequin 44 … 43

And for what it is value, the 4 Speeders made up about 3.5 % of complete machine output within the interval of their manufacturing. 

And a last level … it’s apparently attainable to switch the 4 pace gearbox with the same old kind CS three pace model.  The body lug is identical though the rear wheel must be turned spherical to get regular chain alignment and many others.