Although a beautiful lump of metal, this is NOT the best bit. That’s not a major criticism.
We rode the first production machine which is something of a development bike so there was bound to be a few teething troubles, most notably a flat-spot around 5000rpm. Even so there’s plenty to commend.
The Norton has plenty of low-down grunt from around 2000rpm, snicks though its gears happily enough and emits a quite addictive bark.
Eighty horses, or somewhere between a Bonnie and a Monster, feels about right and is enough to have fun with.