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2013 Tornados ready for international Destinations.
2013 is promising to be a good year, with increased interest in the Tonkin range of bikes in general, but especially the Tornado, with 5 of the Nortons ordered, together with a Norvin in the past couple of months alone!
The latest batch of Tonkin Tornados are well on their way to completion now with the first three due to be delivered from the end of this month, to be carefully crated and shipped to destinations in the USA, Switzerland, and Australia.
Once the frames and major components have arrived back at the workshop, the next stage is to complete a "dry build" to make sure that all components meet our precise specifications, and fit together successfully.
First to be fitted to the bare frame are the forks, and rear suspension units, quickly followed by wheels, seat unit and fuel tank. The custom made bracketry and engine plates which are precision cut by the latest high pressure water cutters are next to be offered to the frame, ready to receive the Molnar Manx engine sports gearbox and bespoke exhaust system.
Once every item has been successfully assembled, checked and scrutinized for accuracy, the bike is then stripped back to the bare frame in readyness for custom painting and powder coating.
The new Norvin cafe racer build, which will be started shortly with pictures coming soon, features a Vincent engine nestled with a Norton frame will feature special chrome barrels, crankcases and heads. The engine displacing 1330cc, with added electric starter, and4 speed close ratio gears.
Both the Tonkin Tornado and Norvin models will be present at This year's Manx Festival of Motorcycling scheduled in August around the famous Ilse of Man TT circuit, and will be seen traversing the course throughout race week.
The first of 2012 Tornados get's Started.
The first of 4 Tonkin Tornados planned for 2012, has now begun it's long journey to completion.
This first model, is scheduled for completion by the end of September, with all of the production process being documented in stage by stage detail.
First, the frame was completed in readiness to accept to Molnar Manx 500cc engine and 5 speed gearbox.
Next to be added was the swinging arm, closely followed by wm2 and wm3 x 18ins flanged aluminium wheel rims , complete with 4 x leading shoe Fontana front brakes, with the addition of the hand made steel exhaust system by Holdens -of -Lincolnshire.
Keep visiting to follow all further developments.
It's Showtime Folks!
2012 promises to be a great year for stevetonkinclassics after my switch from restoration of classic machines to solely concentrating upon building my new range of Cafe Racer models.
I will be showcasing my new bikes at the 32nd Carol Nash Classic Motorcycle Show from the 28th to the 29th of April, and so anyone who wants to know more about my Cafe Racer range can get up really close, and have any questions they have answered by me personally. I expect to have a very busy show, as last year, over 30,000 visitors travelled to the show, and numbers are expected to exceed those this year.
On display will be the 500c Molnar Manx engined Tornado, together with the G50 engined Typhoon models.
The International Classic Motorcycle Show is a traditional classic show attracting the very best exhibitors from all over the world. There will club and trade stands, loads of private entries and a huge autojumble that fills several of the halls and outside field at the Stafford County Showground. Bonhams Auctioneers & Valuers will be there to run a classic auction on Sunday, with viewing on Saturday. Car parking is FREE for the duration of the weekend to visitors. There will be a helmet park provided, run by Riders for Health in the main car park, with all proceeds going to help fund the charity.
The show is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday, and 9.00 to 5.00 on Sunday. Tickets can be bought at the gate and cost £12.00 on the day.
For more details go to: www.classicbikeshows.com
I look forward to seeing you all there.
New parts coming for 2012
In 2012 I will be offering a new selection of high quality Triton parts "built to fit" and to the highest specification. These will include....
Top and bottom yolks
Front and rear wheel hubs
Engine plates with side and centre stand
Rear sets with back brake and gear linkage
Swept back exhaust pipes with scaled down Gold Star silencers
wideline and slimline seats
Photos and further details will be added to the parts section as soon as available. Meanwhile if you require any further details please email me at: steve @stevetonkinclassics.co.uk and will answer any questions you may have, together with delivery times and costs.