About NYC Norton:
If you’re looking for a world-class race-bike, blueprinted from the crank up, a one-of-a-kind street bike, a Grand Prix chassis, or a Formula-spec motor, NYC Norton has cornered this specialized market by building and restoring classic bikes at the highest level of performance. The company grew out of founder Kenny Cummings’s career as a vintage racer – he is the winner of 4 National Championships to date – an achievement that can’t be found on every street corner. NYC Norton is not a typical roll-in service shop with display cases of cheap aftermarket parts but a dedicated workspace streamlined for the sole purpose of producing and restoring high-performance street and racing bikes and assembling their associated components, which are either built in-house or sourced from the best suppliers in the world. In addition to working closely with Steve Maney Racing, Old Britts and Comstock Engineering, NYC Norton is proud to be the exclusive North American distributor for Minnovation Racing. While there are always long-term, high-profile projects on our lifts, jobs of all sizes are welcomed. Please call or email with enquiries.
History of NYC Norton:
In the mid-1990s, I registered the domain nycnorton.com on the still-untamed World Wide Web (think back to those days!) to document the restoration of my 1974 Norton Commando. In those pre-blog days, I just told my tale by putting up a photo and text, photo and text, photo and text, documenting what I did over the course of time. Through the site, I met many riders who communicated their own stories, or asked questions about how or why I did things the way I did. In 2000, I purchased a Featherbed frame. I had no particular mission for it; I knew only that I wanted to have something from Bracebridge Street in my garage. What followed sent me down paths I had never imagined taking. I managed to have some genuine successes in racing, and I have turned my obsession into an expanding business — we now race, rebuild, and restore these beautiful machines to the highest level of detail for others who share this passion.
Early in the evolution of nycnorton.com, one of my first entries was a little piece about my father. I think it sums up the roots of my love for Norton motorcycles and is worth repeating here:
“A few years ago while visiting my father I mentioned in passing that I’d bought a Norton. My dad gave me a perplexed look and asked, “Why a Norton?” “I dunno”, I replied. “I’ve always had a thing for them…I can’t really explain it.” My father chuckled and walked out of the room, only to return a few moments later with a dusty old photo album. He opened it up and there, in true 1970s Polaroid glory, were pictures of me as a child sitting on my Father’s Norton. I about fell off my chair. Wow! Sure, I remembered he had a bike but had no idea it was a Norton! I never knew how cool my dad was (is). He then proceeded to hand over his stylin’ leather jacket that he wore in those days, a bit tight on him now I’d say, but looking good on me. Thanks Dad.”