3rd Jul, 2024 12:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

 
  Lot 114
 

1989 Norton Rotary Commander
'Runs like a dream'

Sold for £3,680

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: SMJ 111W
Frame No: 6097191
MOT: None

  • A very well maintained Norton Rotary
  • Startright overhauled in 2022
  • Runs superbly and is ready to go
  • An unusual colour scheme
  • Current V5C on file

The rotary-engined Norton Commander stands as a rare machine in the motorcycle world, with only around 300 units ever produced before the final curtain fell on Norton’s production line due to the Midland Bank shutting down production. With adequate funding, this twin-rotor Wankel-powered machine could have become a benchmark touring motorcycle of its era. Felix Wankel’s ingenious rotary engine design featured a triangular rotor—a marvel of simplicity with remarkably few moving parts. Its high-revving capabilities and near-vibration-free operation made it an engineering marvel. Norton’s version of the rotary engine employed twin rotors, each fed by constant-vacuum SU carburettors. These carburettors drew in the intake charge through a plenum chamber, which served a dual purpose: cooling the engine and optimizing performance. The intake charge first flowed through the finned centre of the rotors, ensuring efficient cooling before igniting the power.

This 1989 Norton Rotary Commander has been maintained very well and is a known machine at the famous Startright Company because they extensively overhauled it in 2022, including milling the engine. The Norton has been sparingly used since then but kept in very good order. The unusual colour is reputedly due to a previous owner who worked at a paint shop. The Commander is said to ‘run very well indeed’ and comes with Startright bills and a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
mike.davis@handh.co.uk
07718 584217

 

Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 3rd Jul, 2024

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands.

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