Sussex search for beloved motorbike

Roy Ramsbottom with his Norton Commando in Australia SUS-151008-142535001
Roy Ramsbottom with his Norton Commando in Australia SUS-151008-142535001

A man is scouring Sussex in search of a beloved motorcycle he used to tour Austraila.

Electrian Roy Ramsbottom, crossed Australia twice on his Norton Commando Mk3 – a classic touring bike built in the 1970s.

Roy owned the bike for more than 21 years before selling the bike in 1996 after returning to England with his family.

He lost contact with the buyer, but Roy now believes the bike may be somewhere in East Sussex and hopes to get in contact with the current owner.

The Norton has a great deal of sentimental value to Roy, as he rode it between Sydney and Perth in 1976 and again in 1983 – a combined journey of more than 20,000 miles.

Roy said, “The bike went through really quite a lot with me. On the first trip because of the terrain it was quite beaten-up.

“I broke two spokes on the rear wheel, damaged the carburetor and the brakes. Because of the vibrations of the road I had sheared the frotn tyre.

“I was told by a policeman not to ride it any further than Perth. It eventually broke down about half a mile from the shipping depot back to England and I had to push it the rest of the way.”

Recently Roy set-up a website documenting his travels on the bike and wants to trace what became of the 1970s touring classic.

He has now been searching the UK for several years with his only lead the old licence plate number, KYU682P.

Roy who now lives in Norwich, has had a long connection with Australia living there with his wife and two children before returning to the UK.

The bike was first bought for £1,000 but could now be worth as much as £3,000. A Norton in mint condition could be worth as much as £10,000.

You can read more about Roy’s travels with his Norton at his website

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