Norton Manx: history, specs, pictures

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Norton Manx

The longevity of the Manx as a successful racing machine is a testament to the soundness of the orignal design. A mainstay of the Grand Prix "circus" during the fifties and sixties winning races against technically far more advanced machines, it dominated at National and club level during the same period and either in original, or increasingly "replica", form continues to win today in classic events. The production Manx had gained the McCandless designed "featherbed" frame in 1951. Over the ensuing ten years of production developments prooven on the "works" bikes were incorporated into the following seasons production models ensuring that they remained at the front of the field. Today speacialists continue to build and develop the Norton Manx for use in classic competition utilising modern engineering techniques to improve the machines performance and reliability whilst staying true to the spirit of the original. The MANX was the Ultimate 500 single cylinder road racer for same time, and still is THE bike for Historic racing. Sadly the photo at right isn't a genuine Norton 500 Manx (30)... Hopefully someone can supply a photo?

Norton Manx
Also called Manx Daytona Racer
Production 1949 - 1962
Class Racing
single cylinder, four-stroke
Top Speed 130 mph (210 km/h)
Horsepower 46.0 HP (34.3 KW) @ 6500RPM
Fuel System carburetor. na
Transmission Final Drive: chain
Suspension Front: telescopic fork
Rear: swingarm
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Wheelbase 55.12 inches (1400 mm)
Weight 308.65 pounds (140.0 Kg) (dry),
Fuel Capacity 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The Norton Manx was a single cylinder, four-stroke Racing motorcycle produced by Norton between 1949 and 1962. It could reach a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 46.0 HP (34.3 KW) @ 6500 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Chassis[edit | edit source]

Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake) in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a swingarm. The Manx was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 308.65 pounds (140.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 55.12 inches (1400 mm) long.

In Media[edit | edit source]