NorLake Special was a six-year labour of love

John Newson of Oxney Motorcycles has sent us these first images of his just-finished NorLake Special.

More than 20 years ago he bought a 1000cc methanol-burning Weslake V-twin engine from Jim Penfold, who’d raced it in sidecar grass track, and with a compression ratio of 14:1, it delivered 117bhp.

With its tall V-twin Weslake engine shoehorned into the Norton wideline frame, the NorLake Special looks a mighty interesting machine.

When John’s old friend Knuckles died on his Ducati, his widow passed on to him a Triton project with a chromed 1959 wideline frame, and in May 2011, in the
‘old school’ workshop, John eventually started work on the mighty NorLake.

He used as many period parts as possible along with basic hand tools – the 10mm dural alloy engine plates took 27 hours’ labour alone – and six-and-a-half years later, after 570 man hours, the job was done.

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