This is the creative vision and detailed mechanical masterwork of Ron Peter. A build that took several years starting with a Norton featherbed frame and an AJS 18CS engine with 1 3/8” Amal GP carburetor.
The Norton featherbed frame first appeared in the 1950s for racing and transformed the Norton Manx. So popular was the double overhead cam 500cc Manx engine for Formula 3 racing that many a Manx purchased for its engine became the catalyst for the Norton Specials. The engine compartment of the featherbed frame being large enough to take an AJS, Triumph, Velocette or Vincent engine etc.
There are many handmade custom pieces on this bike that blend so well into the fit, finish and vision of this build. Other features include roadholder forks, replica of the original Manx tank, fairing and seat, custom instrument panel with Smith racing tach, custom toothed belt drive from crankshaft to generator. Note the integration of the powerful stopping power of the Suzuki GT750 front drum brake.
This AJS Norton Special was featured in Cycle Canada’s June 2001 edition. Ron has had other builds featured such as his Triumph Bonneville in the Cycle Canada July 1997 edition.
This bike came to me via the Bar Hodgson Collection who purchased this Special from Ron Peter. Bar got it well sorted and ran it a little.
I found some minor paint imperfections on the front fender and speedometer and just had both refinished.
The bike has very few miles on it and looks as perfect as the day Ron finished it. I hope he sees it here and drops me a line as I heard he is not building motorcycles anymore. I think you’ve gleaned that I am very happy to have this bike in my collection.