Classic Bike Guide

NORTON P92

IN 1899 A BASSETT’S SWEETS SALES REP DROPPED several trays of samples while showing his confectionery to a client. In a desperate bid to rearrange them, he scrambled the various sweets together and in doing so created the multi-million pound product, known as Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts.

Granted, confectionery and motorcycles are very different industries, but there’s a parallel to this story in this issue’s Motorcycles that Matter: the Norton Project 92, or ‘P92’. This was a mish-mash machine comprised of available parts across BSA, Triumph and Norton – a sort of ‘Liquorice Allsorts’ on two wheels – only, unlike Bassett’s best-seller, this version never made it to market.

The P92 is essentially the machine that never was. Only three versions

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