Norton Motorraeder 1902-1998 by
Jan Leek is nice from the picture point of view, but not a source of
impartial, historically correct information.
To be fair to Leek, I know authors for this row of books- there are
others on other marques- get very little money for their work, so
tend to put as little effort as possible into them.
The pictorial material shows mainly reproductions of Norton sales
material, with a heavy bias towards the late featherbeds, Commandos,
Leek drew on two sources, the pre-rotary material
coming from one German archive that is obviously good on the 1950
the other source for rotaries and the C652
"International" models being yours truly.
In his text, Leek pays his dues to all German popular prejudices
against British motorcycles, and shows scant understanding for the
demise of the industry,
and for what went on after the 1960s.
All German motorcycle journalists, following the lead of
the late "Klacks" Leverkus, the "pope" of all
aspiring writers in the 80s,
wrongly place the downfall of the
British motorcycle manufacturers in the early to mid-1960s, ignoring the fact BSA got the
Queens Award to Industry in 1970!
The book is a nice adition to a Norton archive for the pictures, but
do not buy it for the text- and should your German be limited, see
that fact as a bonus.