The featherbed frame was a motorcycle frame developed by the British Norton motorcycle company to improve the performance of their racing motorcycles around the twisting and demanding Isle of Man TT course in 1950. It was considered revolutionary at the time, and the best handling frame that a racer could have. Later adopted for Norton production motorcycles, it was also widely used by motorcyclists on custom built hybrids and cafe racers such as the Triton, became legendary and remains influential to this day. The Featherbed was replaced with the Norton Isolastic frame for the Norton Commando in September 1967 but continues to be produced by specialist companies.
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... That was before the Featherbed frame appeared, developed for Norton by the McCandless brothers of Belfast in January 1950, used in the legendary Manx Norton and raced by ... Very quickly the featherbed frame, a design that allowed the construction of a motorcycle with good mass-stiffness distribution, became a benchmark by which all other frames ... Dominator was made available to export markets as the Model 88 with the Featherbed frame ...
... Model 50 (350cc) and the Norton ES2 (500cc) into the Featherbed frame to rationalise production ... Riders complained that these wideline Featherbed frames were uncomfortably wide at 11.5 inches (29 cm) but it was not until 1960 that the top runs ...
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“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”
—Dag Hammarskjöld (19051961)