Norton F2

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Norton Rotary F2


I t’s to remember a time when wasn’t suffering financial but now the patient has taken a turn for the Death appears nearly and the financial vultures stand by, to pull the cash plug.

too bad, because one result of financial mess is that the F2 prototype shown in non-running at last December’s Birmingham Cycle Show probably never see production. Why build a at all? Think of it as the product of something to wave in front of investors: Look here, is what we’ll build if you us the money.

Unfortunately, the cards been professionally stacked Norton. The company finds way, way in over its head as a of terminal greed on the part of its during the make-a-buck Thatcher-Reagan Police and stock exchange are presently investigating various interests.

The short version of the story is: financial district sharpies there was money to be made Norton’s well-established name. obtained control, they to rob, plunder, and diversify furniture manufacturing, pipe-making, a fastener company, … and clubs, etc. The result was in debt for poor old Norton.

in the best of times, a small-scale of motorcycles would have servicing such a debt. Now are hard.

That’s a shame, the F2 appears to have real Designed by Britain’s Styling clients include Nissan, and Mazda-the F2’s shape elements of the Honda NR750 and Tesi ES, as well as smatterings of But the Norton’s target price was to been much lower the price of any of those, the equivalent of $13,500.

Though no funds were for actual wind-tunnel work, attention appears to have directed at clean aerodynamics. The shroud/seat unit is of carbon the rest of the bodywork is molded Head- and taillights shine a specially treated dark sort of one-way clear

Chassis is by Spondon, and replicates the build frame of Norton’s Isle of Man-winning racer. For Yamaha FZR suspension components are in though the rear shock is cantilever fashion, without of rising-rate linkage. Brakes, five-speed gearbox, muffler and bits are likewise Yamaha.

Motive power is supplied by the twin-rotor 588cc engine in the Fl, but rated at 95 horsepower at 9500 rpm of the Fl’s 90 at 9000. Internal has been carefully designed to disperse the rotary’s considerable A larger airbox plenum large-diameter intakes for the car-type SU contributes to power, but was really to get the bike past stricter regulations to be implemented in 1995 in

Norton claims this will weigh in at 408 pounds-a 110 pounds lighter than the Fl. there’s a lot of

Norton Rotary F2

wishful thinking wrapped up in the F2.

The wish involves actually the F2. Norton’s motorcycle production are intact and, believe-it-or-don’t, had themselves inherently solvent the parent company’s recent predicament. But now the factory is starving for to fund new products.

Norton boss David Macdonald, who control of the Norton Group at the of the group’s creditors, has been hard to divest the company down to Norton Motors, and has had success. Macdonald claims to a $3.8 million investment within reach, but nothing has yet confirmed, and, indeed, hard to picture any sensible paying big money to buy Norton’s bigger debt.

How about an insensible investor, The Italian Cagiva Group was five years ago, to obtain use of the BSA name (which Group also owns). Because the Castiglioni brothers’ dad to ride a BSA and they thought be neat to build new ones.

But the Castiglionis say their portfolio all the motorcycle marques it needs, at for the time being.

In any case, needs help soon or will …. The banks despair of ever seeing money, and will pull the This would be a tragedy, but an one in these harsh economic Norton’s minuscule production can hope to generate the kind of necessary to pay off the banks-let alone any new a cash injection running the millions of dollars.

Will the tooth fairy someone with the money Only time will and for one of the world’s oldest motorcycle time is fast running -Alan Cathcart

Norton Rotary F2
Norton Rotary F2
Norton Rotary F2


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