2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way
Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.
Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.
Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:
2017 Norton V4 RR
British heavyweight Norton Motorcycles aimed to bring Isle of Man TT performance to the public, and it seems as though it has managed to do just that with the V4 RR. Superbike performance and dead-sexy curves are the hallmarks of this ride, and while that’s nothing new for Norton, there are plenty of details that set this ride apart from its usual fare. Carbon and Kevlar make an appearance with a 200-plus horsepower, V4 engine thrown into the mix for good measure, so yeah, this ain’t your run-of-the-mill race-tribute piece — it has bona fide competitive DNA in its design — but neither is it a racebike made street legal, but something in between.
Continue reading for my review of the Norton V4 RR.
The Norton M28 has come to say out with the old, in with the new as a company can’t stay alive in people’s eyes only with its creations from the past. This has long been Norton’s case until the moment Aaron Rogers decided that it must use the maker’s strong British heritage in order to power it straight into the future which is supposed to be a bright one starting now.
It all started from a pretty simple idea involving a 499cc single-cylinder engine that would be used as a stressed member of a carbon fiber chassis. And this time the “easier said then done” saying is not valid as the Norton M28 ended up being the light, compact and awesome performing machinery that its designer had previously visualized.
From where it stands now, Norton has very much chance to be back in the cards and the M28 is THE machine able to do that. We reckon it will see production in a relatively close future and, if so, it will surely come with a demanding price tag.