Hey, Norton....how about you concentrate on getting the new Commando's built and sold first...get the name back out there for some publicity.
Get the new Commando featured in some movies or tv shows (ala Ducati/Aprilia/Triumph)...just maybe if you increase your brand awareness, you'll attract some more investment $$ to throw at your racing aspirations??
There already MotoGP rumors? In the name of all things sacred, their bike deliveries are at least six months behind schedule. In a very good week they will build 30-40 bikes, and I am not sure they ever had a very good week.
Enzo Ferrari used to say you either sell cars to have the money to race or go race to sell cars. You cannot sit in between. To build that race bike they sacrificed their scarce resources for very dubious returns. It won't beat the works Japanese bikes and it bears no relationship to their production bikes (their pushrod, dry sump twin has little relationship with the Aprilia V4).
How long before people will get really p***ed off and start cancelling orders because the bikes aren't arriving?
Very sad because their bikes have potential, if only they spent more time thinking about such ancillaries as aftersale service and building up something resembling a sales network instead of pulling up stunts like this.
Even though Norton has maintained an on again off again affair with rotary
racing machines Felix Wankel's dream proved to be not the answer for
motorcycles either... 3 problems still plagued them... heat... displacement
Quote Cycle World...
Rotary engines indeed are simple and smooth, with fewer moving parts
than in the reciprocating variety, plus they are generally lighter and
more compact. But they are not without their problems, one of which is
excessive heat. In a reciprocating engine, heat is generated in one
place, the combustion chamber, which gets cooled between each burn
with a fresh shot of incoming fuel mixture. The combustion chamber in
a rotary, however, is not stationary; as it pushes the rotor through
its path, the chamber "moves" along nearly half of the engine's
internal surfaces between spark plug and exhaust port, and those
surfaces are never cooled with incoming fuel mixture. As a
consequence, a rotary runs hotter and radiates more heat than a piston
engine; and since lost heat is lost energy, the rotary gets poorer
Rotaries also do not make as much lower-rpm torque as piston engines
are capable of producing, but they can be tuned to make higher
horsepower numbers with less displacement (although displacement
comparisons between the two engine types are a constant source of
argument). In addition, the seals on the tips of the rotor have been
problematic since the design's very inception, frequently resulting in
rapid seal wear, leakage (causing increased oil consumption and power
loss) and even outright failure.
This isn't a Norton. This is a Spondon/Aprilia run by a team under the Norton name. At least the rotary had some kind of lineage to an actual Norton product. Too bad they're such a cluster**** that the main man with a clue on how to run one quit them.
Yes indeed , but I had only the recent cancellations in mind . Hopefully the rumours that Mazda is continuing development of the rotary are true . They sure like showing the engine and the Le Mans car in their tv ads .
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