|Founded:||1898; relaunched 2008|
|Norton headquarters:||Donington Park, United Kingdom|
|Norton key people:||Stuart Garner|
|Norton official website:||www.nortonmotorcycles.com|
The Norton Motorcycle Company is a UK motorcycle brand, whose history dates back to 1898. Its first motorcycle rolled off the assembly line more than 100 years ago, in 1902. Over the following decades the company created a range of single and twin-cylinder motorcycles. It manufactured almost 100,000 military models for the WWII.
In 1953 the company’s shares were bought by Associated Motor Cycles, but it still enjoyed financial success. However, after 1975 the once extensive UK motorcycle industry experienced difficulties, and eventually Norton stopped production. However, in 2008 the company was revived by the UK businessman Stuart Garner.