First glimpse of Norton Lightweight TT bike

Published: 13 May 2015

This is the first sight of the new Norton TT bike that will compete in the Lightweight race with MCN Senior Road tester Adam Child on board.

The bike uses a proven Kawasaki ER-6R engine like much of the rest of the field with Ohlins building bespoke suspension and the bike being looked after by apprentices from the British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy which is based at Norton’s HQ at Donington Hall.

The Lightweight bike will be fielded by Norton alongside the SG-3 bike which will be racing with Aussie racer Cameron Donald in the Superbike and Senior classes.

The Leightweight project will be primarily run by students on the apprenticeship program run by the BMMA at Norton HQ, Donington Park. It’s a unique opportunity for the students who’ll not only build the exciting new bike, but a select lucky few will travel with the Norton team to the TT to work on the lightweight bike alongside the factory team.

Stuart Garner previously told MCN “It’s a great opportunity for the students who will work alongside the Norton race team. Chad will be on hand giving feedback developing the bike and the team, he’s obviously got extensive bike testing experience and knowledge of Lightweight class.”

Chad who’ll be competing in his fourth TT, and has competed in every Lightweight race at the TT since the new class was introduced in 2012, is looking forward to the new project.

“It’s going to be really interesting to work with the students, together we have steep learning curve; the TT is the ultimate test. They have bags of enthusiasm it’s going to an exciting few weeks; it will be great to see young faces in the paddock actually working on the race bike.”