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Norton NRV588- Norton rotary engine in a Spondon beam chassis. 170bhp at 11500rpm, 80lb/ft of torque, 130kg dry weight. The swingarm looks like a dual shock design but it's actually single sided, just that the arm is stiff enough that offcentring the shock has no ill effects. I've seen this thing in person and it's the most perfect motorbike in the world.

How to make a 170bhp bike weigh 130kg: Make it out of nothing.






It was on a stand beside a race-spec Bimota Tesi 2, a Ducati Desmo, a Honda NSR750, and one of Rossi's M1s. When I got home I found I had about 50 photos of the Norton, and just occasionally caught the other bikes in the background by accident.
 
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