If you’ve watched Season 1 or 2 of Cafe Racer TV you’ve seen quite the array of motorcycles, all of which are aspiring to the “Cafe Racer” marquee. Shod with knee indents, clip-ons and other bits and pieces focused on speed they pay homage to the forefathers of modern sport bikes, the race bikes of yesteryear. Our talented builders have all worked tirelessly to create and re-create the bikes that hailed the streets of London in the 50’s and 60’s all of which were mirrored after those very same race bikes of the day. Bikes like the Matchless G50, MV Augusta’s Fours and Ducati’s Bevel’s.
Giving it a twist and turn and slight departure from the norm we’re going to look at these machines from a slightly different perspective with one builder in particular, Kenny Cummings from NYC. Instead of staring from the sidewalk to the track, we’re going to the track and are leaving the sidewalk in the rearview…
We give you this weeks featured builder(s) from Season 2 of Cafe Racer TV, Kenny Cummings and Dan Rose, who together, with quite the cache of expertise and resource have built what is arguably one of the fastest, most accurate and simply stunning Vintage Norton Race Bikes to ever see the pits at any of the fine race tracks found in the good’ol US of A. It is, The Seely Norton.
A modern interpretation of a Seeley MKII Racing Norton with a hand fabricated frame by Roger Titschmarsh and imported from Minnovation Racing in the UK. Powered by a custom Commando motor assembled from Steve Maney Racing components and JS Motorsport internals. No paint… just bare metal. Dan Rose’s “REV’IT” Seeley Norton is an amalgamation of period correct and hand fabricated parts and serves as one of the finest examples of a period correct race bike that as they said in the day “Goes like snot!” But don’t take our word for it, stop by the recently launched website http://seeleynorton.com and share in the story that Dan tells as this fantastic machine comes to life.
Just like the Seeley itself, the website is well laid out, crisp and thorough. You can follow the build step by step without being overwhelmed by a myriad of photos and blathering text. Dan has somehow, just like in the creation of his machine, perfectly balanced the art of aesthetic with detail and function in the presentation of this bikes story. It’s worth the look! Trust us, you won’t be dissapointed!