Vintage Norton 99 Deluxe Motorcycle from the 1950’s

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Aermacchi 175 Chimera

Norton 99 Deluxe

Story and by Graham Clayton

More always better. The weather provided by a touring motorcycle is today, but the introduction of enclosed in the ’50s was a short-lived experiment might have been of its time.

Much of what us to one make or model of motorcycle, and not to is often the visual appeal of a general layout and bodywork In their day, many manufacturers, including Ducati and have introduced a few clunkers didn’t appeal to the buying This sometimes happened a motorcycle builder gave the of designing the bodywork of a new bike to a car

What works with a design-wise, doesn’t always to motorcycle riders.

In the 1950s, of the design work got swept up in a outlook that affected the of everything from cars to and kitchen appliances. I’m talking an approach to design that obsessed on the new jet aircraft, space aerodynamics and a futuristic, new-world

During much of this North American cars featured side mirrors, grills, air intakes, headlights, wings, taillights and other chromed decorative features had a definite jet or rocket design to them.

Aermacchi 175 Chimera

During this a growing number of motorcycle began producing new models featured either semi- or enclosed bodywork made out of plastic, thin-gauge steel or In some instances, these new designs obscured virtually all of the engine and most of the key components of the The Vincent Black Prince and Knight were two examples of as were the 250 Ariel Sports the 350 Ariel Leader and the 175 Aermacchi (Dream).

Other motorcycle manufacturers, British firms Triumph, DMW and built partially enclosed designs that left the visible, but covered up many parts of the motorcycle. It was claimed such designs gave a cleaner and more streamlined Enclosed bodywork was also with insulating electrics, and other key elements from the caused by exposure to rain, and dust.

Norton offered its first bodywork model in 1958 the introduction of the 250 Jubilee Deluxe, a pushrod twin that had a enclosed rear body Within a couple of years, was also offering its semi-enclosed for the 350 Navigator, the 400 Electra, and the 500 and 600 cc Dominator (Model 88 and Model 99 respectively).

The original Dominator twin had designed by the legendary Bert in 1947 to meet the company’s to offer a modern pushrod in order to keep pace fellow British manufacturers. subsequently left Norton, but to the firm in 1955 and immediately upgrading his dated 500 twin an alloy cylinder head, electrics and other improvements. more)

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Aermacchi 175 Chimera
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