We've known Andy for about as long as we've been open at Town Moto, almost 8 years. In that time we've watched as he took his love for working on old bikes one step further and dove headfirst into land speed racing on an impressive Norton that keeps getting faster each year.
In 2018 Andy had his chance to take the 'Salt Licker' out for it's first run during Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was a hugely successful first trip recording a top speed of 154.5 mph making it the fastest Norton Commando in existence and just 3mph off of the world record for his class. 2019 did not hold such good luck as Mother Nature was not co-operating and storms had made the salt wet and slippery. Knowing a record was not in the cards and conditions were unsafe, Andy decided to wait till next year when hopefully the Salt God's are smiling on all the racers.
Andy's Norton has been a collaboration with legendary Norton engine builder Herb Becker. Herb has been refining his Norton knowledge for decades and as Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Famer is certainly a welcome addition to the race crew. We're looking forward to seeing a few new records from the King Street Cycle Land Speed Racing team in 2020!
Sid stopped by Andy's shop to see where he works on his bikes and grab some photos of his amazing Norton. If you're in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and are a fan of non-motorized two-wheeled machines be sure to support Andy's bicycle shop King Street Cycles.
Herb Becker's handwritten engine spec sheet, outlining the details of the 920cc engine build:
This bike holds the ECTA land speed record (131.2MPH) at The "Ohio Mile", Wilmington, OH, and the LTA Land speed record (146.7MPH) at Loring AFB, Maine:
Andy's Bonneville timing plaque with SCTA certified average speed: