August 2018 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Marty Spalding with his 1968 Norton/Matchless P11

Make: Norton/Matchless
Model: P11
Year: 1968
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 650cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Marty Spalding
City: Dana Point

1968 Norton/Matchless P11

Congratulations to Marty Spalding of Dana Point for winning Bike of the Month with his 1968 Norton/ Matchless P11. Rich won a trophy provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

One of 500 manufactured in 1968 & 69, this rare bike was prototyped by Californian Norton Distributor Bob Blair specifically for So. Cal. desert racing. It has a Matchless G85 CS (Competition Scrambles) Reynolds 531 lightweight steel frame with a Norton Atlas 650cc engine.
Wikipedia Norton P11 Article

Marty has owned the P11 since April, and just finished the restoration process.

According to Marty, one story has it that a guy went into the dealer to buy a P11, and was upset with the Matchless badging, he wanted a Norton. So the dealer rolled the bike in the back, an installed the Norton badging and returned with the same bike. Appearently the bikes came with both badges.

Thank you Marty for bringing your Norton/Matchless for all of us to see. See all the photos in our August Gallery.
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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