Clubman Classics is a personal blog inspired by the fearless, amateur road racers who competed in the 1947 - 1956 Isle Of Man Clubman's TT races and their production based machines.

Monday 13 June 2011

First time out: Norton Manx 350

Based around a 1954 chassis and a later '59 350cc engine, the Manx is in near standard form apart from the modern silencer helping it pass strict noise regulations at many smaller race tracks.

The bike will run at Cadwell Park next week in a non-competitive track day in preparation for the Biker's Classic event at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on July 1st.

With help from Andy Savage the machine now runs very well and should provide a keen novice rider with a few thrills around the hopefully sunny Lincolnshire 'mini-Nurburgring'. If all goes well this season, a possible belt primary drive and 5/6 speed conversion could be on the cards for next year.

As it's my first time riding the Manx in (relative) anger I have also booked some valuable tuition provided by Club MSV at Cadwell to help me with racing lines and to spot any areas of my riding showing room for improvement.

The full report from Cadwell will follow.

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