TopSpeed 2019 Norton Buying Guide

TopSpeed 2019 Norton Buying Guide

A Look At The Norton 2019 Lineup

Norton Motorcycles is, undeniably, one of the British Greats. It made a mark for itself early on with success in both the racing and streetbike/commuter sectors, and it continues to do so to this day. The factory splits is efforts fairly evenly between its superbikes, Brit-style standards and café racers with a couple of scrambler-esque models to expand its footprint off the black and onto the brown. English charm and deep historical roots are the hallmarks of the brand and the main reasons for its continued success.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Racing Bikes

Top 10 Most Beautiful Racing Bikes

Designed to go as fast as possible, some racing bikes also managed to be utterly beautiful as well

Racing bikes are designed, first and foremost, to go fast. But, somewhere along the way, some of them manage to be just incredibly beautiful as well as hugely successful. Sometimes, the physical beauty is tied up with the incredible engineering involved. This is our top 10 of the most beautiful racing motorcycles ever produced.

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Norton V4CR Naked Sports Bike Takes the Fight to KTM

Norton V4CR Naked Sports Bike Takes the Fight to KTM

Second new model from Iconic British manufacturer in as many months

Hot on the heels of the V4SV superbike, comes news of a naked café racer version from recently revitalised British manufacturer Norton.

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Norton: The Next Chapter Is Being Written As We Speak

Norton: The Next Chapter Is Being Written As We Speak

New Factory Officially Opened

With the opening of a new factory, TVS is making good on its promise to resurrect the iconic Norton name.

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Norton Has Just Produced The Most Beautiful Motorcycle In the World

Norton Has Just Produced The Most Beautiful Motorcycle In the World

New Norton V4SV Goes to the top of the class

The story of Norton Motorcycles gains momentum with the release of the new V4SV. Still using the in-house V4 motor, it’s been detuned to ’only’ 185bhp!

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Video: The Greatest Isle of Man TT Race Ever

Video: The Greatest Isle of Man TT Race Ever

1992 Senior TT: Norton vs. Yamaha: Foggy vs. Hislop

After a gap of almost 30 years, Norton came back to the Isle of Man TT races with the rotary-engined NRS588 race bike. Riding it was Steve Hislop and against him was the blunt brilliance of Carl Fogarty on a Yamaha OW01 750cc. What followed was one of the greatest TT races ever.

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The Decline of the British Motorcycle Industry, Part 2: Norton

The Decline of the British Motorcycle Industry, Part 2: Norton

Racing Success Didn’t Translate to Sales Success

Norton is one of the great names in motorcycle racing: for many years the famed Manx Norton swept all before it and was only deposed from the throne with the arrival of multi-cylinder Italian racing motorcycles. Unfortunately, the money spent on racing was never recouped through sales and the company struggled from one crisis to the next before the doors shut in the early 1970s.

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Top 5 new Retro Classics/Standards coming in 2020

Top 5 new Retro Classics/Standards coming in 2020

Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp, upright bars – bring on the retro

Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era heightened the feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern-day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere. Here are our top five standards/classic motorcycles coming in 2020 that takes us back to the time from the ’60s.

Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application, unlike the yesteryears.

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Top 5 new Scramblers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Scramblers coming in 2020

Motorcycles that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun

Reinforced for off-road duty, Scramblers of today hark back at South-West California and Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s. They were fitted with engines displacing upwards of 500cc and stripped off anything nonsensical to run on roads or no roads. Featured on these were off-road tires, wheels, and spokes and were given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates, a trademark indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones, and the unforgiving desert terrain.

Here is our list of new Scrambleresque motorcycles coming in 2020 that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun resurrected from its heyday during the 1960s and earlier. Aiding it will be a torquey motor with high mounted exhaust pipes and knobby tires to take it on terrains otherwise not possible.

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TopSpeed 2019 Norton Buying Guide

TopSpeed 2019 Norton Buying Guide

A Look At The Norton 2019 Lineup

Norton Motorcycles is, undeniably, one of the British Greats. It made a mark for itself early on with success in both the racing and streetbike/commuter sectors, and it continues to do so to this day. The factory splits is efforts fairly evenly between its superbikes, Brit-style standards and café racers with a couple of scrambler-esque models to expand its footprint off the black and onto the brown. English charm and deep historical roots are the hallmarks of the brand and the main reasons for its continued success.

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2019 Norton Breitling Sport

2019 Norton Breitling Sport

Modern Tech Hides In The Classic Design With Styling That Is Elegant In Its Simplicity

British bike builder Norton Motorcycles teams up with Swiss watchmaker Breitling to turn out the Commando 961-based Breitling Sport Limited Edition for 2019. The bespoke Breitling Sport LE carries a number of special touches from the famed watchmaker to set it apart from the base-model Commando 961, and naturally, the watchmaker produced a companion wrist piece that’s meant to compliment the bike. While this isn’t the first bike-watch pairing in history, far from it, but it may well be the most exclusive.

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2019 Norton Superlight

2019 Norton Superlight

It’s A Mid-Displacement Supersport With an Engine Derived from the V4

Norton Motorcycles put together its Superlight for riders who are looking for a mid-size, street-legal ride that still qualifies as a racebike. Looking at this ride, it’s safe to say “mission accomplished.” The factory built the 650-twin engine in-house and borrowed heavily from its V4 powerplant for some real racetrack DNA to drive this aptly-named bike. Why aptly named? Mainly because the liberal use of carbon fiber and aluminum keeps the tally low at only 348 pounds (dry), so the 105-horsepower mill has less mass and inertia to deal with. I guess you could also call it the Superquick as well. Lest you doubt its racing chops, know that the factory plans on tackling the Isle of Man TT with this model, so if you’re looking for a bona fide British street racer, you need look no further.

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2019 Norton Atlas Nomad

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad

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.

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2018 - 2019 Norton Commando 961 California

2018 - 2019 Norton Commando 961 California

Delivering Authentic Historical Looks With Modern Performance

The Norton Commando 961 lineup, in general, brings a healthy dose of classic café racer DNA to the table — some models more than others — and the California adds some old-school custom flavor to the mix. The British influence is unmistakable throughout, and even the engine exudes an Englishness that just cannot be faked. Norton has its own deep roots to draw upon for design points, and the “Cali” delivers authentic historical looks with modern performance.

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2019 Norton Atlas Ranger

2019 Norton Atlas Ranger

Norton Brings Their Off-Road-Ready Scrambler To The U.S.

Norton Motorcycles’ scrambler-esque Atlas line is a great platform for customization, and the factory-custom Ranger is a perfect example of what you can build with the right sort of components. True to its name, the Ranger is set up as a dual-surface machine with a bias for off-road work complete with long-stroke suspension components and wire wheels, and it all comes wrapped around an all-new, mid-size, parallel-twin engine designed and built in-house. Released last year in Europe as an all-new model, Norton brings the Atlas Ranger across the pond for the 2019 model year in the U.S. market.

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Top 10 Classics/Standards of 2018

Top 10 Classics/Standards of 2018

Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp upright bars

Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era, heightened feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern-day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere. Here are our top ten standard/classic motorcycles of 2018 that take us back to the time from the ’60s.

Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application unlike the yesteryears.

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Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling. And all about the ’70s

Racing on bikes from café to café before a song could finish was the most therapeutic thing to have happened for motorcyclists in the ‘70s. Inspired by this culture, people and manufacturers started building motorcycles with minimal components to take them the distance in the shortest time. It embodied the classic café-racer cues taking us back in time with modern design bits and sophisticated packaging.

Here is our list of the best ten motorcycles of 2018 that remind us of that ‘70s. Round headlights, debonair half-shell fairing, humped seat, rear seat cowl, extended wheelbase, and the low-slung handlebar, it’s all in each one of these machines:

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Norton shows us a peak of the next blockbuster, the Atlas

Norton shows us a peak of the next blockbuster, the Atlas

First of a series of models powered by the same new parallel-twin engine

After setting the stage on fire with their brand new V4 Superbike venture, the British manufacturer shifted their attention to a set of machines that could be deemed as the most critical project for the company’s future.

Working for almost a year, Norton has finally released official sketches of their 650cc in-line twins under a scrambler-esque silhouette. And they are going to call it the Atlas, a modern “Urban-Tracker” and a reminiscent of the brand’s 1963 Atlas 750cc scrambler. The bike is due to be revealed at the NEC bike show in the UK this November, with UK deliveries set for 2019.

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