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Andy Downes  says:

MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

Norton is putting the finishing touches to the latest V4 race it will contest the 2013 Isle of Man TT in just three weeks with virtually every part of the bike new for this year. The team hope the unsilenced, 200bhp monster with two riders for this year will be enough to bring some credible results for the team with Ian...

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moto4

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moto4 says:

changes or all new?

The frame is very different: apparently switching from last year's twin spar aluminium to a perimeter/tubular frame. Furthermore, recent pictures suggest they will run electronic suspension: very suprising seeing as the main manufacturers seem to not have adapted it successfully as yet. These two factors particularly suggest this is a very different SG than 2012's.

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george shuttleworth

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I'm sure that everyone who's paid there deposit and still haven't received there new commando's over the moon about the factory's racing effort.. I cant see norton lasting another 5 years.. They should of taken pointers from Triumphs business model on how to start a successful motorcycle manufacturing buissness ..

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bikerpete51

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bikerpete51 says:

Norton.

They've just bought that new premises and publicised their move into the Japanese market. Does that mean that their order book is up to date with all orders filled?  If so best of luck to them with their race effort as well. Just a pity it's not using a Norton motor.

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stripple675

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stripple675 says:

it's not really a norton is it ..then again brough used other makes of motor.

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Ricky850

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Ricky850 says:

Does Anyone Care?

What exactly are they trying to prove/achieve?? Does the racer have anything in common with their road bike, is it going to be the basis of a road bike?

Agree that if they're serious about being taken seriously as a manufacturer rather than a joke then they should follow or at least learn from Triumph's business model. Selling a 1970's bike in 2013 that they don't actually have ready for delivery and racing an bike that they don't have a road version of using an Aprillia engine in a different frame doesn't qualify them as a motorcycle manufacturer. I hope they actually build the frame themselves, if they outsource the frame as well as the engine what do they actually make?  

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mezzer

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mezzer says:

"Ian Mackman who raced the bike last year" Did he actually race it?

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Basis of a road bike?

Yep, buy a few Aprilia RSV4s and slap Norton badges on them. At least the customers will get them a bit quicker.

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spondonste

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spondonste says:

Ricky850

Stuart Garner has just bought out the remaining rights for Spondon Engineering and they currently make the frames for Norton (aswell as the race bike).

Last years beam frame TT race bike was a quickly modified Spondon race frame that was modified to accept the aprilia engine (I believe the frame was originally intended to be a wankel engined race bike that was displayed a few years ago, the one which Michael Dunlop was earmarked to race but it never got to the track).

The frame is now designed specifically for the aprilia engine so might work slightly better than last years model. It does seem that Norton is taking on a great deal of expense and risk whilst possibly not paying sufficient attention to it's customers but time will tell how long the company can be bank rolled like that.

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CBR11X

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CBR11X says:

What's the point? They may as well rebadge Aprilia's like SatNavSteve suggested. Build a bike on time, or let someone else do it. Just digging themselves into a deeper hole.

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mezzer

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mezzer says:

whats the point????

Would you say a bimota sb8r is a suzuki tl1000? probably not!

 

It makes sense to me for norton to buy in a tried and tested, reliable, powerful compact engine which is ready to use. How can "Norton" possibly design a and build something to compete with aprilia/kawasaki/honda/suzuki/yamaha's millions of $$$$$$$$$££££££££££££

 

The engine and possibly electronics are aprilia, the rest of the bike - frame/swingarm/wheels/suspension/brakes/bodywork/wheels are not - how is it a re-badged rsv4?????

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