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Capacity : 800
Model : P 10
Production : 1965 - 1965
Category : (R) Street Bike


800 P10 -1965

Complicated simplicity

It's impossible to say what direction the British motorcycle industry would have taken if fate had allowed it to develop further. All the factories had intriguing projects on their drawing boards but - due to lack of money and confidence in the future - that's where

most of them staved!

Norton's Only Dohc Twin

In 1964 Norton was considering replacing its overhead valve twins, which were beginning to show their age. The Plumstead factory - also part of the Associated Motor Cycles group - was given the job of developing a new twin. Developed first as a 750, then as an .800cc under the code name "P10," this prototype was intended for minimum maintenance. It had a unit-construction engine and twin overhead camshafts.

One Chained Malady

A single chain running inside a triangle of narrow tubes lined with anti-friction material drove both overhead camshafts before returning to the crankcase by a tortuous route in which it also drove the magdyno unit. Two further chains formed the primary and secondary drives. Despite long trials, the P10 failed; excessive vibration forced the use of flexible engine mounts. When Norton regained its independence, it decided to cut its losses and, lacking other means, initiated a design study based on the old Atlas engine. This became the famed Commando, which used the excellent Isolastic mounting of the engine/ gearbox unit to eliminate the vibration problem.


Engine: 800cc air-cooled twin-cylinder; drysump lubrication

Valves: twin overhead camshafts driven by chain

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 5-speed; chain drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging fork (rear)

Brakes: Lwo leading shoe drum (front); drum (rear)

Wheels: 19 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 404 lb


Twin overhead camshafts, unit construction ofengine and gearbox, and five speeds - the P10 promised much but was found wanting.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.