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Dutch army, Johan Herman Fuhler, somewhere between 1945 and 1950

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1940 Norton WD16H Weight

Hello.

Does anyone have weight documentation on a WD16H?
In my registration document I find this:

Bike included driver: 235kg
Maximum weight: 240kg
Pay load/ passenger: 5kg

I fnd this awkward, the bike is registrated for 2 persons, but my passenger can only be 5kg, my 2 months old daugther is above 5kg...

Greetings from Norway.

Re: 1940 Norton WD16H Weight

Hello Bjørn

Norton has as far as I know never specified a max weight.
The bike itself weighs about 170 kg meaning that the driver should not be above 65 kg! if the 235kg would be true. Maybe that would be possible just after the war but nowadays an average driver with a weigth of 70 to 80 kg is more usual, meaning that this bike could almost not be ridden in Norway.

This cannot be true.
The MC's were used with pillion equipment meaning two adults are able to be transported. 2 adults of 35 to 40 kg each seem rather unlikely to me.

I can only say that the max weight given in your paperwork is not correct.
I do not know on what information the civil servants have based the max weight. It is more likely to be between 285 to 300 kg or even higher.

Maybe it is known for an BSA M20. That is the same class of bike.

Cheers,

Rob