Friday, 14 May 2010
I got this one from Bike Exif
Here's the text lifted from there
"Torinese engineer Salvatore Majorca created the revolutionary Moto Major straight after WWII. Apparently it was an engineering rather than styling exercise, but 60 years on, its shape is still breathtaking. The wheels, in particular, would not look out of place on many modern motorcycles."
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
This piece on the story of how Norton Villiers and Triumph began the downhill slope to collapse. Taken from the On Two Wheels Motorcycle vol 5 by Orbis London.
The basic troubles seemed to have stared back in 1956, when Norton was bought by Associated Motorcycles Ltd which itself went into liquidation in 1966. The Manganese Bronze Company, headed by Dennis Poore, came to the rescue, and bought the Norton name with other assets and developed the resultant Norton Villiers Ltd company into a going concern.
The financial problems of the BSA/Triumph group in 1971/2 caused quite a stir, however in the autumn of 1972, Mr Poore, Chairman of Norton Villiers Ltd, was called the the industrial development unit of the department of trade and industry, which had been recently formed to administer the new industry Act, and was told some disturbing news. He was told that