Hello boys and girls...
You guys over in the states have just finished Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Let me just wish you all well and say that I am sure that the indigestion will pass and the bruises will heal, just in time for Christmas. Talking about Christmas, I am not going to talk about it yet, maybe next week I will start but as it is still only November I think it is too early still, unlike most of the shops around here that have been pushing it for weeks already.
Instead I am going to take you back in time, back to when life was different, back to when petrol was cheaper and the days were warmer, back to 2015!
“200bhp all-British superbike set for 2017 release” said the headlines and all us Brits held our breath and waited...
Norton , that iconic motorcycle manufacturer were promising us a 1200cc v4 with amazing performance and handling and it would be with us in less than 2 years. Some of this turned out to be true, some of it didn’t and as 2017 came and went you could be forgiven for thinking it was never going to happen. However, it has and this week the first of the V4 SS Norton’s rolled off the production line. You can’t buy one though, even if you did have £44,000 burning a hole in your pocket because they are all sold. That is the bad news; the good news is that if you have £28,000 just laying around looking for something to do you can buy yourself the RR version of it. All you have to do is order it, give Norton your specs from all the options available and they will build you your bike, individually, just for you…now wouldn’t that make you feel special?
Now last week I talked a bit about the Atlas range of bikes from Norton. Yes, I know, it seems like it is Norton month and you would be absolutely correct because I want one for Christmas and I am dropping hints anywhere and everywhere I can (we can all live in hope)! So now it seems that the affordable Atlas range has been mutated into a £20,000 object of desire.
They have taken the 650 engine, sprinkled fairy dust on it and managed to get it producing over 105bhp. They then wedged it into a super light frame, with superlight carbon wheels and superlight carbon body work and attached a superlight Titanium exhaust to it. They then unveiled it at the MCN show announcing that it would be called “The Superlight”...I wonder where they got that idea from? Anyway, if you can’t afford one, or you are on a long waiting list you will be able to see John McGuinness racing one at the TT next year, which will be interesting.
Blame it on the drugs
Now something for those of you that find carbon fibre and ultra high performance a bit too common place; something for those of you that think a smoking jacket, tweed and carpet slippers are the height of fashion and practical day wear. Here is the new Watsonian Squire sidecar fitted to its natural partner the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Call me strange, perverted , twisted or any combination of those you wish, but I quite fancy having one of those to…