Post Sale Update: sold for $9,250 after 32 bids on eBay in Peer, Belgium.
The ES2 was introduced in 1927 and was originally sold as a sports bike, though by the time production stopped in 1964, it wasn’t particularly competitive in the world of fast motorcycles. Still, an almost 40 year long production run is damned impressive, and this is a lovely example of the breed. It also comes from my favorite Belgian seller – because he includes free shipping to over US destinations!
The ES2 was affectionately known as the “Easy Two”, and by 1958 the 490cc single produced 33 horsepower and the bike weighed 380 pounds dry. In period marketing materials, Norton said this was perfect “for the rider who prefers a larger engine…in its latest ‘Smooth-Look’ guise,” adding that “its reliable and economical performance is undoubtedly without equal.”
This example has 845 break-in miles after a “meticulous nut and bolt frame-off restoration” three years ago. Find this ES2 for sale in Peer, Belgium with bidding up to $4,800 here on eBay.