Posts by tag: Dunstall

Featured Listing August 16, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1971 Norton Dunstall 810 Sleeper

By the early 1970s, if you were a roadracer or a cafe rat with a few extra shillings and a penchant for Nortons, tuner Paul Dunstall’s name was never far from your mind. A retired racer, Dunstall started knocking out performance exhausts for Nortons in his family’s scooter shop, before buying a raft of leftover Norton racing parts and building spec engines for customers. His tweaks were the stuff of legend by the end of the 1960s, and in 1971, Norton commissioned him to build a few factory-tuned bikes around the Commando platform.

The result was the 125-mph, 70-horsepower 1971 Norton Dunstall 810 Sleeper, a parallel twin monster sporting a tiny fiberglass fuel tank, bored out jugs and bigger cams and carburetors than the stock bike. CycleWorld hustled their tester to the magazine’s first-ever sub-12-second quarter mile. On the street, the bike would knock down the 0-60 run in less than five seconds. Heady stuff at a time when motorcycles were either Dennis Hopper’s Harley Davidson or Brian Wilson’s groovy little Honda.

This 1971 Norton Dunstall 810 Sleeper is a factory-built superbike, not one of the dozens of modified Commandos that followed the factory run. It has had a recent restoration, which included a new steel fuel tank to replace the ethanol-damaged fiberglass original. The steel tank is a great addition if you plan to ride this bike, but it would be a great idea to have the fiberglass unit restored all the same. In its 48 years, the bike hasn’t managed to crack 3,000 miles.

From the seller:

You are looking at a rare 1971 Norton Dunstall 810 Sleeper model. They say that less than five percent of advertised Dunstalls are true factory bikes, rather they are regular Nortons with added Dunstall parts. This is the real deal, an unrestored factory produced bike with 2,100 original miles. It’s in amazing original condition with great patina. It comes with incredible documentation, original bill of sale, correspondence between the original owner and Paul Dunstall, shipping forms, customs forms and more. It really belongs is a Norton collection or a museum as it’s a true time capsule.

The Sleeper model was designed to look like a regular Commando but run circles around them. This one includes the following options verses a regular Sleeper, 810 kit, Mk 4 Cams, a rare Quaife five speed transmission, high performance Dr. Gordon Blair exhaust and an electronic ignition.

The bike was just recommissioned by Jaye Strait of Britech New England, a well known British Bike expert. New carbs, coils, fuel lines, gas tank, etc. The tank was replaced due to ethanol having its way with the original fiberglass one. The new steel tank was painstakingly modified to look like the original, including reproducing the original decals and rear tank mounts. The original which is included can be repaired but we decided to go with steel for riding the bike but keep the original for collecting. The bike runs great pulls like a race horse smoothly through all gears and idles beautifully once warmed up. It’s very entertaining to ride for an almost fifty-year-old bike. However, if you are going to ride it new tires are needed as the set on the bike is very old.

I’m happy to answer any questions and supply more photos. I will also work with your shipping company, but you are responsible for shipping. No low ball offers or tire kickers please.

The bike is located in Concord, NH, and is listed on eBay with a starting bid of $15,000. If early English monsters are your thing, it’d be tough to find a cooler one.

Featured Listing: 1971 Norton Dunstall 810 Sleeper
Benelli November 13, 2014 posted by

Classic Sportbike Recap: Benelli, Moto Morini, and a Dunstall Norton

If your biking interests occasionally run to the historical, take a look at some recent entries over at our sister site: Classic Sport Bikes for Sale. This week featured a Benelli Tornado, the Italian alternative to big-bore British parallel-twins, a jewel-like Moto Morini 350, and a rare Dunstall Norton Commando

1974 Benelli Tornado 650S L Front

With a 642cc parallel twin and a top speed of 117mph, you could be forgiven for thinking you were reading about a classic British roadster. But this 1974 Benelli Tornado had a short-stroke engine that loved to rev and, even stranger, was actually oil-tight… Read more over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

1984 Moto Morini 350 K2 L Rear2

With a jewel-like 344cc v-twin, this Moto Morini 350 K2 emphasized brains over brawn, offering brilliant handling and a wealth of innovative technical details. Moto Morinis have long been bargains of the vintage Italian bike world, but prices are finally on the rise and this one is in amazing shape… Read the full article over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

1969 Norton Dunstall R Front

The 1960’s were a golden age of motorcycling innovation, when ambitious and talented tuners could knock up machines in their backyard sheds and compete against the world’s best. Some, like Paul Dunstall managed to turn their success into a thriving business, making go-fast parts for a whole range of British bikes… Read more about the Dunstall Norton over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

Classic Sportbike Recap: Benelli, Moto Morini, and a Dunstall Norton
Honda January 7, 2013 posted by

Something Different: 1974 Dunstall CB 750

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We all enjoy something a little different every now and then don’t we?  Your personal life aside, I thought this 1974 Dunstall CB750 fit the bill quite nicely.  Not familiar with Dunstall?  Me either.  The short story is Paul Dunstall was a well known maker of Norton performance parts.  That evolved into producing his own bikes based on Norton and Triumphs.  When Japan began to dominate the motorcycle world he included them in his range of bikes.  Peak production was 500 bikes in one year.

Some credit Dunstall with starting the “cafe racer” craze.  The bikes definitely sport the style. 

Here are a few specs from a great Dunstall website:

  • Clip-on Handlebars
  • Dunstall Power Exhaust
  • Decibel Silencers
  • Rear Set Footrests and Controls
  • 5½ U.S. gallon Tank (colour choice Red, Yellow, Black or Metallic Blue)
  • G.T. Dual Seat
  • Alternative, Tank Seat Unit  (compulsory for U.K.), Glass Fibre Mudguard, G.T. Fairing (plain or smoke tinted screen).
  • Polished Alloy Wheel Rims
  • Dunlop TT 100 Tyres

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Info is sketchy on what modifications were made to the engine.  This particular bike has a Yoshimura big bore kit.  Don’t hold me to it but I believe that is the original Dunstall exhaust system.  It looks like many models sported a full fairing as well.

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The build quality looks nice with the the way the signals indent into the fairing.

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I’m pretty sure the drilled discs and mag wheels are not original items.

I’m wondering if this is the bike for sale.  There are some differences but it has the Yosh kit, discs and wheels.

The solo seat changes the whole attitude of the bike.

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If you need something a little different, click on the auction here.

Ian

Ducati December 3, 2012 posted by

Catching Up with ClassicSportBikesForSale.com [450 MK3, Tracy KZ900, Dunstall Cafe, KZ1000 MFP]

1970 Ducati 450 MK3 For Sale in Oregon [Active eBay Listing | Our Post]

1970 Ducati 450 For Sale


Custom 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 with Tracy Body Kit [Craigslist Link | Our Post]

Custom 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 with Tracy Body Kit for sale


This lovely Norton Commando Dunstall Cafe sold for just under $5000! [Closed Auction | Our Post]


This ugly duckling, the Kawasaki KZ1000 MFP, sold for $12655! [Closed Auction | Our Post]


If you enjoyed these posts, consider hanging out over Classic SportBikes For Sale or on the CSBFS Facebook page. Thanks!

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Cafe Racer June 8, 2011 posted by

Catching up at Our Sister Sites: ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com

Yep, did you see how I snuck that in there? I’ve started a new site just for cafe bikes and conversions for sale. I can’t deny that I’m on the bus and love what they represent. But for the most part, we try to only post original or lightly modified machines on both Rare SportBikes For Sale and Classic SportBikes For Sale. So I figured why not make another site dedicated to these great rides and show off some of the better looking cafe’s and conversions for sale! Here’s a taste of some recent picks:

1986 Yamaha SRX-600 Super Single Cafe For Sale on eBay


Check out this 74 Norton 750 with Dunstall goodies on eBay

1974 Rickman Kawasaki Cafe Racer For Sale on eBay

If you’re a fan of cafe bikes, or curious like me, I hope you’ll consider subscribing and discussing these bikes with us. I’d really appreciate feedback as we get started there!

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And over at CSBFS, there hasn’t been any shortage of beautiful bikes either. Please welcome our latest contributor, Tad, on CSBFS!

So you want to be a player? 1974 John Player Norton

ANOTHER instant collection of bikes on eBay!

A tale of two Guzzis: 850 LeMans Mk1

Thanks for looking and feedback is always appreciated!

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Classic Sport Bikes For Sale May 8, 2011 posted by

What’s New at ClassicSportBikesForSale.com

Here are the latest bikes posted over at our sister site, ClassicSportBikesForSale.com, where we feature 25+ year old sporting motorcycles. Got an interesting classic for sale? Email me!

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