• 2019 Norton Atlas Nomad

    The neo-retro look starts out with a chrome front fender that rocks old-school exposed support members to give the front end a dated look.
  • Mid-mount foot controls and a short-rise handlebar make for a relatively aggressive riding position, though most riders will be able to push off for a more comfortable, vertical riding posture.
  • A long, low teardrop tank defines the flyline with a bench seat that'll accommodate two or leave plenty of room for fore-and-aft body English.
  • The suspension components front and rear come from Norton’s own Roadholder brand with 50 mm, usd front forks and a piggyback, coil-over monoshock in back.
  • The brakes come from Brembo: two monobloc calipers to bite dual 320 mm front discs opposite a 245 mm disc and twin-piston, all with ABS protection.
  • Up front, you have access to the full trinity of adjustments but the rear end comes only with the obligatory preload adjustment.
  • One notable engine feature is the 270-degree firing order that gives the parallel-twin an exhaust rumble similar to that of a V-twin.
  • The 11.5-to-1 compression ratio needs premium fuel and/or an octane additive to prevent pre-ignition/detonation, but it's a worthwhile trade off for the 84 ponies and 47 pounds o' torque you get out of it.
  • Pricewise, the Nomad in a good position to catch riders who are perhaps looking for their first upgrade.

Norton Brings The Road-centric Atlas Nomad To The U.S. for 2019.

Norton’s Atlas line hit the European markets last year, and it makes it way across the pond in time for MY2019 in the U.S. market. While the Atlas pair are both built as dual-surface machines, the Nomad serves as the more street-tastic ride of the two. It rocks the same all-new and purpose-built, 650 cc powerplant in an equally-new frame with a sort-of nouveau-café vibe that is rather essential and doesn’t rely on a bloated electronics suite or expensive gadgets to make it rideable.

  • 2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Parallel-Twin
  • Displacement:
    650 cc
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph
  • Price:
    12600
  • Price:

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad Design

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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The neo-retro look starts out with a chrome front fender that rocks old-school exposed support members to give the front end a dated look.
2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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Mid-mount foot controls and a short-rise handlebar make for a relatively aggressive riding position,
though most riders will be able to push off for a more comfortable, vertical riding posture.
2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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A long, low teardrop tank defines the flyline with a bench seat that’ll accommodate two
or leave plenty of room for fore-and-aft body English.
Altogether, the Nomad carries itself with a neo-retro panache meant to grab the attention of the younger riders.

Like its offroad-biased sibling, the Ranger, the Atlas Nomad comes with visual elements from yesteryear in a nod to both the bikes and the custom builders of the ’60s and 70’s. Back in the day, British standard cruisers served as a popular platform for home-built bikes, and that’s the design path Norton took here.

It starts out with a chrome front fender that rocks old-school exposed support members to give the front end a dated look, even if it does mount to the inverted fork foot with a caliper brake instead of a drum. The round cyclops headlight reinforces the classic look, especially with the drilled/slotted mounting strut and tripletree, but it too comes with hidden improvements in the form of DRLs, and like the rest of the lights around the bike, it comes with LED technology for maximum visibility.

A long, low teardrop tank defines the flyline with a bench seat that’ll accommodate two or leave plenty of room for fore-and-aft body English. Fold-up footpegs complete the passenger’s contact points, and mercifully, they’re mounted to the main frame instead of the swingarm and are much more comfortable for it.

Mid-mount foot controls and a short-rise handlebar put you in a relatively aggressive riding position, though most riders will be able to push off for a more comfortable, vertical riding posture. At the rear end, we find a nod to the café racers in the shape of the rear fender and the upswept exhaust with more of the home-job drilled-out look. Altogether, the Nomad carries itself with a neo-retro panache meant to grab the attention of the younger riders.

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad Chassis

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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The suspension components front and rear come from Norton’s own Roadholder brand
with 50 mm, usd front forks and a piggyback, coil-over monoshock in back.
2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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The brakes come from Brembo:
two monobloc calipers to bite dual 320 mm front discs opposite a 245 mm disc and twin-piston, all with ABS protection.
2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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Up front, you have access to the full trinity of adjustments
but the rear end comes only with the obligatory preload adjustment.
Overall suspension character is more than adequate for rough roads and light terrain in keeping with its dual-surface nature.

Chrome-molybdenum steel tubing makes up the seamless perimeter frame on the Atlas Nomad to provide the main structure, but aluminum is the material of choice for the braced, yoke-style swingarm and its pivot mounts. The engine is used as a stressed unit, so it displaces a large chunk of frame in a bid to keep bulk and weight down below 400 pounds, dry. Yeah, I know, we don’t ride dry bikes, but that’s what the factory gives us to work with, so there it is.

In another move to boost the retro appeal, Norton compromises at the wheels with aluminum rims. A laced construction and the Avon Trekrider tires come in a 110/80-18 front followed by a 180/55-17 in a dual-surface tread that combines generous street flats with deep grooves. These grooves evacuate water and provide some traction on soft surfaces like sand and bare earth.

The suspension components front and rear come from Norton’s own Roadholder brand with 50 mm, usd front forks and a piggyback, coil-over monoshock in back. Up front, you have access to the full trinity of adjustments but the rear end comes only with the obligatory preload adjustment. Travel at both ends measure at 5.9-inches long, good enough for rough roads and light terrain in keeping with its dual-surface nature.

The brakes come from Brembo, and the Nomad comes with plenty of them with two monobloc calipers to bite dual 320 mm front discs opposite a 245 mm disc and twin-piston. Both ends benefit from ABS protection to help you keep it rubber-side down, and that represents the only electronic ride-quality feature on this model.

Frame: Twin tube seamless steel perimeter chassis with aluminum swingarm mount.
Swingarm: Braced twin spar cast aluminum.
Front Suspension: 50 mm diameter Roadholder USD forks. Preload, compression and rebound adjustable.
Rear Suspension: Roadholder monoshock with rising rate linkage and piggyback reservoir. Adjustable preload.
Wheel Travel, Front/Rear: 5.9 inches (150 mm)/5.9 inches (150 mm)
Front Brake: Dual 320 mm full floating Brembo discs. Radially mounted twin Brembo monoblock calipers with ABS. Brembo master cylinder.
Rear Brake: Single 245 mm Brembo disc. Brembo twin piston rear caliper with ABS. Brembo master cylinder.
Front Wheel: 18 inch spoke wheel with polished aluminum rim and 110/80 R18 Avon Trekrider tire.
Rear Wheel: 17 inch spoke wheel with polished aluminum rim and 180/55 R17 Avon Trekrider tire.

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad Drivetrain

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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One notable engine feature is the 270-degree firing order
that gives the parallel-twin an exhaust rumble similar to that of a V-twin.
2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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The 11.5-to-1 compression ratio needs premium fuel and/or an octane additive to prevent pre-ignition/detonation,
but it’s a worthwhile trade off for the 84 ponies and 47 pounds o’ torque you get out of it.
The new powerplant is a parallel-twin based on the front two cylinders of Norton's 1,200 cc V4 mill.

In a nutshell, the powerplant in the Atlas Nomad is a parallel-twin based on the front two cylinders of Norton’s 1,200 cc V4 mill. The 82 mm bore and 61.5 mm stroke give it a total displacement of 650 cc with an 11.5-to-1 compression ratio that’ll take premium fuel and/or an octane additive to prevent pre-ignition/detonation. It’s a worthwhile trade in light of the 84 ponies and 47 pounds o’ torque you get out of it.

A ride-by-wire throttle control manages the induction with a pair of injectors for each cylinder. There’s also an air-injector system in the exhaust to burn off any free hydrocarbons that remain in the exhaust stream to help it meet Euro 4 emission standards. Liquid-cooling contributes to that, as well, as it delivers a more consistent operating temperature.

The radiator comes with an oil-cooler down low to protect the very lifeblood of the engine. This engine definitely likes its revs, evidenced by the fact that the horsepower peaks out at a lofty 11 grand, so you can expect to spend a lot of time with the thing wound up. Power flows through a standard clutch and a four-speed transmission with a tough, chain-style final drive to put the power to the pavement.

One notable engine feature is the 270-degree firing order that gives the parallel-twin an exhaust rumble similar to that of a V-twin. You can expect to get something in the neighborhood of 120 mph with the stock engine and gearing.

Engine: Norton Designed Liquid-cooled 650 cc parallel twin. 270 degree firing order. Chain driven double overhead cams with idler gear.
Displacement: 650 cc
Bore x Stroke: 82 mm x 61.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Power: 84 hp @ 11,000 rpm
Torque: 47 lb-ft (64 Nm)
Euro 4: Full compliance including secondary air injection and EVAP.
Fuel Injection: Electronic fuel injection system. 4 fuel injectors. Full drive-by-wire system.

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad Pricing

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Pricewise, the Nomad in a good position to catch riders who are perhaps looking for their first upgrade.
MSRP is roughly $2.5k less than the Ranger and puts the Nomad in a good position to catch riders who are perhaps looking for their first upgrade.

The U.S. release price is estimated at $12,623 – 2.5 K less than its off-road biased brother, the Ranger – to put the Nomad in a good position to catch riders who are perhaps looking for their first upgrade. As for the color choices, you can pick between black, white, red, silver, or dark grey.

Lighting: Full LED lighting system including super bright high and low beam, daytime running lights, rear lamp and indicators.
Colors: Black, Dark Grey, Silver, Red, White
Price:  $12.6k

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad Competitors

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad
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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon
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There's no clear winner, though the price difference might be a big deal for someone scratching together the dough for a bike.

Since the Atlas Nomad makes such a clear connection to the scramblers of yesteryear, I thought it would be fair to use another nouveau-classic ride so I grabbed the Scrambler Icon from Ducati for my head-to-head. The Icon has much the same classic scrambler vibe as the Nomad with a similar combination of neo-retro features. A bobbed front fender and cylops headlight lead the way ahead of a teardrop fuel tank that adds its own charm to the mix.

The bench seat is kicked up at a slight angle, and the exhaust is kicked up a little more though much of the impact of the angle is lost due to the short muffler. Like the Nomad, the Icon is built to accommodate a passenger, but the Ducati mounts its fold-up footpegs on the swingarm, and doing so transfers a lot of road shock to your passenger. That will quickly become wearisome if your trip is of any length on less than pristine pavement.

Ducati pulls ahead slightly in the electronics with Bosch cornering ABS as part of the standard package, but that’s it for the safety equipment. Norton pulls back ahead with its adjustable front suspension against the plain vanilla stems on the Duc, though the rear-ends are both equally unremarkable with naught but the obligatory spring preload to tune the rear end.

Ducati runs with an 803 cc, L-Twin powerplant and its signature Desmodromic valve system that puts out 73 horsepower and 49 pounds o’ grunt against 84/47 from the Nomad for a difference that isn’t very remarkable. The U.S. price for the 2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon checks in at $9,395 MSRP, and the price difference might be a big deal for someone scratching together the dough for a bike.

He Said

“Norton is an iconic British marque, and it’s good to see it flourishing and expanding here in the 21st century. I expect the neo-classic look will appeal to the younger buyer base, though as a not-younger rider I gotta’ say I’d ride it like I stole it, personally me. It’s still too early to know how well it is going to perform in the domestic market, but time will tell, and I imagine we’ll know something sooner rather than later.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “You have to wind it up to get the power out of it, so I’m not sure how satisfactory it will be off-road, but on the pavement this looks like a winner for Norton. The Atlas pair just look so British and this scrambler vibe is popular right now. The 650 cc engine is new for Norton and sits right in that mid-range displacement that the younger buyers are looking for."

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Norton Designed Liquid-cooled 650 cc parallel twin. 270 degree firing order. Chain driven double overhead cams with idler gear.
Displacement: 650 cc
Bore x Stroke: 82 mm x 61.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Power: 84 hp @ 11,000 rpm
Torque: 47 lb-ft (64 Nm)
Euro 4: Full compliance including secondary air injection and EVAP.
Fuel Injection: Electronic fuel injection system. 4 fuel injectors. Full drive-by-wire system.
Chassis:
Frame: Twin tube seamless steel perimeter chassis with aluminum swingarm mount.
Swingarm: Braced twin spar cast aluminum.
Front Suspension: 50 mm diameter Roadholder USD forks. Preload, compression and rebound adjustable.
Rear Suspension: Roadholder monoshock with rising rate linkage and piggyback reservoir. Adjustable preload.
Wheel Travel, Front/Rear: 5.9 inches (150 mm)/5.9 inches (150 mm)
Front Brake: Dual 320 mm full floating Brembo discs. Radially mounted twin Brembo monoblock calipers with ABS. Brembo master cylinder.
Rear Brake: Single 245 mm Brembo disc. Brembo twin piston rear caliper with ABS. Brembo master cylinder.
Front Wheel: 18 inch spoke wheel with polished aluminum rim and 110/80 R18 Avon Trekrider tire.
Rear Wheel: 17 inch spoke wheel with polished aluminum rim and 180/55 R17 Avon Trekrider tire.
Dimensions & Capacities:
Wheelbase: 56.9 in (1,446 mm)
Dry Weight: 392 lbs (178 kg)
Top Speed: 120 mph (est)
Details:
Lighting: Full LED lighting system including super bright high and low beam, daytime running lights, rear lamp and indicators.
Colors: Black, Dark Grey, Silver, Red, White
Price:  $12.6k

Further Reading

Ducati Scrambler Icon

2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon
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See our review of the Ducati Scrambler Icon.

Norton Atlas Ranger

Buying Guide - Norton
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See our review of the Norton Atlas Ranger.

Norton

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