We’ve showcased a fair number of Tritons before—and even a Norley—but this is the first time we’ve laid eyes on a ‘Burton.’ And it’s magnificent.
‘Ed’s Burton’ belongs to London-based Edward Jonkler, and it’s the most unorthodox Norton cafe racer we’ve seen yet. It’s not powered by a Triumph or even a Harley Sportster engine—but one from a Buell X1.
And a sorted X1 at that—the donor Buell had already been tuned, and kitted with a number of performance parts. “It was a complete riot to ride,” says Ed. “I was literally laughing every time I was on it!”
First up on Ed’s list was to prep the engine further, so it went off to Steve Piper Motorcycles in Hampshire, England. Steve took it apart, had it bead blasted, stove enameled the barrels, polished various bits and reshaped the cam cover. He also converted it from EFI to carb, installing a Mikuni HSR42.
Once that was done, the engine was carted off to Redmax Speed Shop in Devon. Redmax are best known for their flat trackers, but they’ve got a knack for building classically styled café racers too. They wedged the Buell powerplant into a Norton featherbed wideline frame, then grafted on an R6 front-end and installed a pair of adjustable Hagon shocks at the rear.
With a little hunting, a supplier was found to lace up a set of 18” spoked wheels that could handle the torque from the X1’s motor. Redmax fitted them with a set of Avon Roadriders, and installed twin 320mm discs and Brembo calipers.