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Mystery Featherbed Frame

Discussion in 'Other Norton Motorcycles' started by Possum, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Possum

    Possum

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    Jan 4, 2012
    A friend of mine has just bought a featherbed frame in a job lot of other Norton bits. When he got it home, it proved to be a bit of a mystery.

    Can anybody shed some light as to it's origin. The details are as follows:

    1. Wideline Featherbed Frame;
    2. all the joints are brazed;
    3. the swing-arm holes are 5/8"
    4. the centre stand lugs are under the frame, not on top;
    5. there is an extra cross-tube in the bottom rails, that carries the bottom engine plate lugs;
    6. the frame number is: NORV 12003264
     
  2. pierodn

    pierodn

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    Nov 10, 2012
    Dresda frame?
     
  3. frankdamp

    frankdamp

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    The "V" in the frame number suggests it's a very late model, after the resurrection of Norton with the "Villiers" addition to the name and before the announcement of the Commando.
     
  4. johnm

    johnm

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    Feb 26, 2008
    Late model but a wideline ?

    Even just in NZ I know four people who have made featherbed replica frames. I have a replica slimline stamped with a 1956 number !

    Could honestly be anything including one of probably hundreds of replica frames.
     
  5. Triton Thrasher

    Triton Thrasher

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    Is there even room on the gusset for “NORV 12003264?”
     
  6. ashman

    ashman

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    Jul 11, 2010
    My 1957 Wideline has a 14 then the frame number under it on my 1960 Slimline frame it has a 18 then the frame number stamped under it these are both orginal Featherbed frames so I say your friend Featherbed frame might be a replica frame that someone has stamped a number on it.

    Ashley