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1959 Norton Domi Racer

We are please to be able to offer you this truly exceptional, newly built 1959 Norton Domi Racer for the road! The engine has been fully rebuilt new parts include: Main bearings, Cam chain, Big end shells bolts and nuts, Pistons and rings, Valves guides & springs, Alternator & solid state rectifier, new concentric 26mm carbs, rebuilt gearbox with new seals and bearings, magneto refurbished. The rest of the bike follows a similar pattern with the wheels being freshly built with new tyres and tubes, new chrome stanchions bush’s seals and springs, high level exhausts and goldstar silencers. What you are seeing here is a close as you will get to a brand new Domi Racer! Please note the outstanding 4 leading shoe front brake assembly!

Following the introduction of the race-proven Featherbed frame on its road-going Dominator twin for 1952, Norton began experimenting with a racing version for use in production-based AMA racing in the USA. Some creditable results were achieved in 1953 but it would be another eight years before the factory revived the notion of a race bike based on the roadster twin. Development was supervised by Chief Engineer Doug Hele, who was convinced that the twin’s advantages of a lighter, smoother and more compact engine would pay dividends if the unit was installed in a modified Featherbed frame. A new version of the latter was produced, 2.5″ lower than that of the single-cylinder Manx and equipped with proportionately shortened Roadholder forks. Christened ‘Domiracer’, Hele’s creation was entered in the 1961 Isle of Man Senior TT, though critics gave little for its chances when pitted against pukka racing machinery. Despite the general scepticism, Australian Tom Phillis brought the Domiracer home in a magnificent 3rd place behind the Manx Nortons of Mike Hailwood and Bob MacIntyre, lapping at 100.36mph in the process.

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