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Dunstall Motorcycles

Paul Dunstall became very well known during the early 1960's as a builder of high performance parts for Nortons as the result of his own racing career. He went on to become the 'God Father' of Café racers and a manufacturer of complete bikes. Production of machines began in 1964 and continued into the early 1980's. They were originally based on the big twins from the Norton, B.S.A., and Triumph ranges. As the British motorcycle industry declined, he started to include machines from the top of the Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki ranges.

The Dunstall organisation also produced parts for a number of other makes including BMW and Yamaha. It grew to have offices in both the U.K. and the U.S.A. with dealers and distributors in many other countries. Starting as an off-shoot of the research and development efforts, the Dunstall Racing Team quickly became a major player in short circuit racing. They peaked in 1968/69 with over 20 wins.

At their peak, over 500 complete machines were built in one year. Customers included film star Steve McQueen who had a tuned 650cc model with a Manx racing chassis and an Italian Oldani front brake.

These pages are intended to provide both Dunstall owners, and those interested in a significant period of history for the British motorcycle industry, with as much information as is available today.

www.woodgate.org/dunstall/intro.html / Webmaster / Revised 24th February 2000