Steve Tonkin Classics

Famous the world over

Arguably one of the most famous British motorcycles of all time, and certainly amongst the most highly  regarded and most sought after race bikes ever made, the Manx Norton was not only fast, and highly, manouvrable, but also exquisitely proportioned and beautiful to look at. Add to this, an exhaust note that is music to the ears of classic enthusiasts, and you have the ultimate package that powered a multitude of riders to race podium finishes for over half a century!

 
 
 
 

All new

The all new Tornado incorporates many hand built components specially designed by Steve Tonkin to complete classic look, whilst delivering ultra modern build quality and reliability. This is a cafe racer comfortable enough for all-day riding.

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Beautiful lines

The ultimate cafe racer has to have looks to match its' performance, so the "Sprint" tank is finished in classic Norton racing silver complete with black and red lining. Brackets and engine plates have been cut by high speed precision water jet technology, whilst the hand built exhaust nestles neatly under the gearbox, whilst the gearchange and kickstart levers have all been specially made.

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Modern features

No "old fashioned lash-up", the Tornado is based around the renowned race winning 500cc Molnar Manx engine, built to 1961 specification. With a top speed of 140mph on Isle of Man gearing, the new bike has a kick start and electric lights to make it user friendly.

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Modern features

No "old fashioned lash-up", the Tornado is based around the renowned race winning 500cc Molnar Manx engine, built to 1961 specification. With a top speed of 140mph on Isle of Man gearing, the new bike has a kick start and electric lights to make it user friendly.

 

The list of riders who made their mark upon a Manx Norton reads like a who's who of racing royalty.

Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Phil Read, and Mike Hailwood.

Steve Tonkin has turned  the legend into the ultimate cafe racer!

 

A hand crafted street legal classic

A real thoroughbred equally at home in town or on fast country roads

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Powered by Molnar Manx

 
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Specifications

Engine                     500cc Molnar Manx air cooled DOHC single

Bore X stroke          86mm x 85.6mm

Power                      50bhp @ 700rpm

Compression            9.5

Lubrication                Dry sump

Gearbox                    5 speed with kickstarter primary drive

Clutch                        Belt drive-dry

Final drive                 Chain

Frame                        Manx duplex cradle

Carburettor               GP or 38mm Mk2 concentric

Forks                         Manx

Rear suspension      Swingarm NJB shocks or your own choice

Brakes                       Front Fontana 210mm / Rear 7" conical

Wheelbase               57 inches

Seat height              29 inches

Fuel capacity             3.5 gallons

Tyres                           Front 90/90 18 inch / Rear 100/90 18 inch

Weight                        146Kg - 322 Lbs

Top speed                 130mph

 

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Other Recent Bikes

 
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Tempest

Engine           500-600cc

Gearbox        5 speed

Clutch           Belt drive-dry

Frame            Seeley Mk3 replica

Carburettor    Amal GP or Concentric

Forks              Seeley or Norton

Brakes            Drum or disc

Handlebars    Clip-ons or Touring bars

Electrics          12v         

 
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Typhoon

Engine           500-600cc

Gearbox        5 speed

Clutch           Belt drive-dry

Frame            Seeley Mk3 replica

Carburettor    Amal GP or Concentric

Forks              Seeley or Norton

Brakes            Drum or disc

Handlebars    Clip-ons or Touring bars

Electrics          12v 

 

Slippery Sam

Engine           500-600cc

Gearbox        5 speed

Clutch           Belt drive-dry

Frame            Seeley Mk3 replica

Carburettor    Amal GP or Concentric

Forks              Seeley or Norton

Brakes            Drum or disc

Handlebars    Clip-ons or Touring bars

Electrics          12v   

 

Rob North Replica

Engine                  750cc / 850cc / 930cc

Gearbox               5 speed std or close ratio   

                              Primary and final drive chain      Compression       9:1

Lubrication           Dry sump

Frame                    Rob North Racing

Rear suspension  Swingarm - Choice of shocks

Forks                     Triumph modified

Brakes                   Front twin discs/ Rear disc

Tyres                      Front 90/90x18"

                               Rear 100/90x18"

Top speed             120-150mph     

 
 
 

Classic Bike Restoration

I have been professionally restoring classic bikes of all ages for 30 years. I have now completed more than 100 bikes, all to very satisfied customers. All machines are lovingly rebuilt and hand finished to concours standard, and of course, just as importantly, totally mechanically sound..Every bike is built not only to look amazing, but to be ridden as they were intended to be as well, with modern reliability a real feature!

Types of machines restored. Vellocette, MAC, Viper, Venom, Thruxton.

Triumph T120 Bonneville,Speed Twin. T100, T90.

BSA Gold Star, A10, A7.

Norton 88,Commando,Atlas.Es2.

Indian Scout.

Sunbeam.

And many, many more…

For more information, or to find out how your machine can be restored to the same meticulous standard, follow the link below.

Steve Tonkin

 
 
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BSA Gold Star

1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star Registration no. 727BYB Frame no. CB32 5496 Engine no. DB32GS 1038

Restored by Steve Tonkin in 2001 and sold by Bonhams at the Stafford Classic Motorcycle show Apr 2009 for £13,512

 
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A few kind words

Back in 2007 Dick Kingston, (Co-editor of the Gold Star Owners’ Club Magazine) showed me some pictures of the Tonkin Tempest. I liked what I  saw and suggested to Dick that it was a shame for such a beautiful machine to be hidden away from the public eye. He’d had it since 2003 and was not riding it as much as he would like so he suggested that it could be for sale.

An introduction to the machine was arranged, and I just knew I couldn’t live without it! I liked what I saw, and not wanting to miss the opportunity to own it myself we agreed on a price. I collected it on 2nd June 2007 with 1,455 miles on the clock. Many of the milessince have been done at Cadwell park (my local circuit) at “Beezumph” meetings and track days. As well as Mallory Park for the annual “Festival of 1,000 bikes. Many laps have been done in fine style where the Tempest has been evident mixing it with multi-cylinder machines of much larger capacity and putting up a very good show. It has done the TT circuit afew times (some on closed roads) courtesy of the VMCC and the GSOC. The Tempest shares a stable with other machines and is called upon when an appropriate riding opportunity is in prospect. Mileage now reads 6,052 and I can say with all honesty that every mile has been adrenalin filled. 

I have enjoyed the whole Tonkin Tempest experience. The machine is now well known in the Lincolnshire area. Heads turn everywhere it is seen (and heard) and there has hardly been an outing when I’ve not been bombarded with all sorts of questions about it.

David Steele

I am the proud owner of the Tonkin Typhoon as featured in the April 2011 of the Classic Motorcycle magazine.

The machine was hand built with care and precision to a very high specification by Steve Tonkin. Details of the machine are as follows: the frame is a MKII Seeley made by Roger Titchmarsh into which Steve has fitted a full race spec Matchless G50 engine coupled to a 5 speed BSA Gold Star gearbox and primary drive. The handling is taken care of by Ceriani forks and superb Fontana brakes. The complete package makes this bike just fabulous to own and ride.

“Built by an enthusiast for an enthusiast”. 

David Hunt

“I have known Steve Tonkin for the last 15 years, during which time he has completed 6 full restorations and 4 part restorations for me, all of which were first class, including - Bonneville T120, Matchless G12, Thruxton Venom KSS Velocettes, and a Matchless G50 in a Seeley frame special as featured in Classic Motorcycle in 2003. I would add that in all cases the mechanical work in particular has proved to be completely reliable. I have used other restorers in the past, but have found to my cost, that the standards have been poor and mechanically unreliable. 

Steve is currently working on remedial work to one such machine, and has been involved in orthers in the past. If anyone would like further information, you can contact me on 07929 209 395.” 

W. McRobie

In 1996 I bought a 1923 Indian Scout that had just been restored by Steve Tonkin. I have now owned and used this bike for 13 years and am still very happy with it. The quality of the paintwork and Nickel is excellent and it has proven over the last 13 seasons, to be very reliable.

I do highly recommend Steve for any restoration and repair work to any classic motorcycle.

Peter Rohrer, Switzerland