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Liam Marsden  says:

New MCN April 18: Norton exclusive

This week we have exclusive news that Donington Park-based manufacturer Norton will compete in this year's Senior TT with an all-new v4. MCN has the exclusive inside story of how the bike was born. The new bike features a Spondon chassis, Ohlins suspension, carbon-fibre wheels and Brembo brakes. Also this week we ride James Ellison's CRT bike, McGuinness rides speedway, we discover Britain's best roads...

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Mar 12

Posts: 459

norton world exclusive...

..wouldnt be about the Motogp entry would it? i think it was mentioned during the BSB round

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Aug 02

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spondonste says:


I wish them well if they're going in to MotoGP however I can't see how it will be beneficial to the company. It is highly unlikely that they'll be at the front of the grid from the offing but it is a bottomless black hole for money and resources.

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Aug 07

Posts: 45

ianp5uk says:

Norton / MotoGP

If they are serious about MotoGP they must be bonkers unless they have someone else providing most the backing. I don't think they're going to last with the current direction anyway. Unless they change something rich people will get fed up with the novelty of buying a Norton. They need to get the price down to widen the market or offer something worth the money for the function without "Norton" on the tank.

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May 06

Posts: 13

garethfenn says:

Norton at TT

Not Moto Gp but proper bike racing. Norton to return to the IOM with a prototype 1000cc V4 bike. Excellent news

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Mar 07

Posts: 27

isimmins says:

Is it a Norton though?  Aprilia engine in a Spondon chassis is what I heard.

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Aug 02

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spondonste says:


Aprilia have built bikes with Suzuki engines and also Rotax engines. Bimota have used Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ducati engines. CCM have built bikes with Suzuki and Rotax Engines. Kawasaki have used rebadged Suzuki engines in their bikes. Norton have very close ties with Spondon (Stuart Garner is a part owner of Spondon Engineering now and Spondon make most of Nortons frames). From that point of view you can call it a Norton but there's not much in the bike to really justify that.


I wish them well and a TT entry is a far more sensible opportunity for this company than MotoGP. The engine will have to make decent power and be reliable for this to show well but if it does it's a reasonable marketing step. Maybe they will buy RSV4R engines and tune them for their own range of bespoke sportsbikes in the future. It's a relatively cheap way to get in to that market if they do.

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Nov 10

Posts: 11

andyathome says:

Just got this weeks MCN and I have got to say that the new format is brilliant, love it! So many great articles!

The recoloured photo of Mike Hailwood is a masterpiece, you can almost hear that screaming, snarling, barking RC166, just a shame you couldn't have put on the centre page..

Anyway, you guys have done a great job of revamping the paper, well done, it is appreciated!



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Apr 12

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It has a Honda frame, Suzuki engine, Kawasaki wheels, Ducati valve gear, Triumph fairing, Yamaha Exup exhaust, Bridgestone tyres, Harley Davidson brakes (oh dear!), Moto Guzzi switchgear (OH DEAR!) and will be raced by anyone who believes in fairies. Pundits are saying that it’s good to see these old British manufacturers re-surface and produce competitive machinery.

If it's a NORTON - why does it not have a NORTON frame and a NORTON engine???

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