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Norton Motorcycles Goes and Gets a Makeover

By Nancy | Published: June 16, 2011

admit I dig motorcycles and occasionally out in Sturgis, South Dakota generously-tattooed bikers. Is it any wonder I out this way when I grew up in the of Norton Motorcycles and had one parked in my yard for most of my childhood?

for its racing models—has a very kind of look and feel the Harley-Davidson, and, in my opinion, has been quintessentially British. got its beginnings as a small manufacturer in England, and during World War II it the classic side-valve military Post-war, however, Norton hit times and was sold to AMC and moved to USA.

It wasn’t until that Stuart Garner the company and moved it back to the Kingdom. Garner then to do some pretty drastic of the bikes. Although he embraced designs, Garner realized in order to sell the motorcycles in such as Europe and California, a injection system was necessary to environmental regulations, requiring changes to the original bike, was only designed to run on carburetors.

Over the past year; Motorcycles’ design team has meticulously recreating a line of to capture the sporty character of the brand, while re-engineering the to support the fuel injection needed for today’s environmental

The first new Norton motorcycles rolled off the production line, and the head of design, Simon sees that all the hard that he and his team has put in over the year has paid off.

Skinner was the first employee by the company’s new owner, Stuart Over a period of 12 three new motorcycles in the Commando were designed, and they are now manufactured and sold.

“It’s all exciting. The company is growing, we a full order book, and pre-sold a few hundred bikes We are planning on building just bikes this year and 2,000 next year,” says.

Norton Motorcycles’ line is comprised of three high-end SE version (which has a production of 200 bikes that already been sold), the Racer, a traditional-looking sporty with low handle bars, and the the least expensive of the three a slightly different spec suspension.

In designing the Commando line, and his team had a very good in the work that was done by Norton owner, Kenny Skinner explains, “We used bike as a basis, so our bikes very similar to his, but an engineering point of view, are completely different.”

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The biggest challenge Norton was re-engineering the bike for a injection system. That quite a lot of additional components on the such as engine management sensors, fuse boxes, and a more comprehensive wiring All of this had to be hidden away on a without any fairings or bodywork.

“There is not one component on the bike we didn’t re-engineer,” Skinner “It took us about twelve to do that, which is very

“We used computer numerical for the lathes and milling machines, we design a metal component on a in CAD on a Monday morning and have it on the on a Tuesday afternoon,” adds “The CAD data would go to the machine and out pops a part. We put it on the bike and try it or even make 50 or 100 parts.”

With the Commando designed and launched, Norton is ahead to its next line of as well as to expanding the company. growing on a daily basis. We 30 people here now, and I the staff levels will double by the end of the year,” Skinner “Our design team also grow from six to a dozen engineers. On the physical side, we just doubled the facility; and we have planning to double the size of our entire

In the midst of the expansion, the design is starting to work on a whole of new, modern motorcycles for a launch. “We’re working on of new products,” Skinner states. The one that Norton will is a rotary engine motorcycle; will predominantly be a race That will be followed by a of ‘engine motorcycles’ or ‘piston but water-cooled, not air-cooled like the

I for one am glad that Norton has to its place of birth and is sticking its sophisticate and edgy appeal. the ultra-racy (no pun intended) ad Norton appeared in.

Yes, Norton is looking better than and bound for new heights.

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