Phil Radford bought his first Norton in Nottingham,
England, in 1972. He'd owned other British bikes, but a friend had a great
looking cafe-racer for sale for 75 pounds, and he couldn't resist. "That
was a great bike," says Phil. "I rebuilt the forks, the engine, and
the transmission. Actually, I converted it back to a standard road model, so it
was more comfortable to ride long distances. It was a great bike to take to the
Isle of Man TT Races." He did so several times.
Phil has owned many Nortons since then, and enjoyed
them all in one way or another. After countless rebuilds and years of mechanical
work on every aspect of Norton twins and singles, Phil is considered by many to
be "The Norton Doctor." His expertise has gained him many loyal
Phil's main goal is to get you and your Norton out of
the garage (or museum) and on the road. "These bikes are for riding,"
he says. "In good condition, a Norton is hard to beat for looks, sound, and
the admiration of knowledgeable aficionados."
Phil is in from 10:00 to 6:00
Pacific Coast time, and is always ready and willing to dispense technical advice
and to sell you parts and equipment needed to keep your Norton running well on