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Old 06-11-2014, 02:36 AM
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Hi all. Im after some help to figure out what bike and model is in the picture below.
My grandfather passed away 2months ago after a long battle with cancer. I was gojng through old photos with my grandma for funeral purposes and came across this one of a very old very cool looking bike that was the old boys back in his day. I think its a sunbeam or atleast part of one.
Any help to identify it would be sweet.
Sorry for picture quality... its old and i used my phone to photo the photo

What is it????
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KB
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:10 AM
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Sorry about your loss, no clue what kind of bike this is.
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:16 AM
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Do you happen to know where it was taken? Would narrow down brand availability. The girder front end and engine case design helps some too.
Most sunbeams I've seen have a metal name plate that's almost round.
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:14 AM
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Terrible to hear about your grandfather KB.


As far as the motorcycle - it sort of looks like a '20s-'30s Harley Davidson or Indian single cylinder. The rocker box (specifically where the pushrods are) is throwing me off.









Was that photograph from NZ?
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:16 AM
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1930's Norton.

If you look closely at the tank, you can almost make out the Norton logo.
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 74demon View Post
1930's Norton.

If you look closely at the tank, you can almost make out the Norton logo.
Well done.


I found one that looks pretty close. Norton - Model 18






 
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:52 PM
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That Norton looks damn close. Brake drum is on the other side I notice and a few other bits here and there don't quite match but I thinks me we are on the right track
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:13 PM
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Three pics, three different exhausts, the oil tank fill hole is on the wrong side as well as the kick levers, I wouldn't be surprised if that pic would have been developed the wrong way and we're actually looking at the left side. Pretty convinced that it's at least a Norton, what year etc comes to minute details.

Was it StealthCBR929 that works on old brit bikes for living, throw him a PM, if he can't ID it I'm sure he's got someone at work that will.
 

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Old 06-11-2014, 10:36 PM
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I will ask him, but I doubt he knows much about the vintage stuff.
 
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:15 AM
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Yo sup guys yea demon has it right !! Iv worked on them before . If the bike is all oem well shes worth a pretty penny . If the bike sat for ever needs sump drained . Sump is on bottom of engine basically a drain plug . Also it has a magneto lets hope it still works . And it has ajustable timming lever on the bars along with a compression release. If you ever check the bike for spark always have the plugs grounded other wise you will blow out the magneto . 800 to get them rebuilt company back east
 

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