In 1921, the Norman brothers, Fred and Charles, started manufacturing a line of bicycles but by 1938 they had shifted their interests in manufacturing to the motorcycle. It is for this reason, that the Norman Marquee is known as Norman Motorbyk. Their first motorbike featured a Villiers engine, and it was to be from this premise that the company would eventually move on to the motorcycles rather than an engine on a bicycle frame.
After the First World War, the Norman brothers utilised the British Anzani engine in their newly created motorcycles. Due to the British Anzani engine's inability to give satisfactory power, Norman Motorbyk would revert back to the Villiers engine which had become the standard at the time. In 1961, the Norman brothers had stopped working and then eventually sold their company to the Raleigh. For the next couple of years, the Norman Motorcycles would remain in production under Raleigh control, but would slowly die off until the production ended.
Original Authors: Gobel Team (Lorraine)
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 03/06/2008