Norton to give India a taste of both off-road and on-road experiences.
Norton Motorcycles, a British bike manufacturer has uncloaked the details behind one of their most anticipated products, the Norton Atlas. The Atlas will be made available in two different models- the Atlas Ranger and Atlas Nomad.
With nearly an identical design, these bikes share the same Twin-tube seamless steel perimeter chassis incorporated with an aluminium swingarm mount. Both motorbikes are powered by the same 650cc, parallel-twin cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled, fuel-injected engine. Designed to have a 270-degree firing order, the motor is capable of dishing out 84 BHP of maximum power and a peak torque of 67 Nm.
The braking system for both the bikes is taken care of by the twin 320 mm full floating discs with radially mounted twin Brembo monoblock callipers from the front. From the back, it is powered by a single 245 mm dic with Brembo twin-piston calliper. The dual-channel ABS comes as standard in both bikes.
So what is different between both these bikes? Well, the Atlas Nomad is meant for the roads. Thus it features a lower suspension of 150 mm, which is 50 mm less than the Atlas Ranger. The seat are placed relatively lower at 824 mm. The 18-inch front wheel is smaller than that of the Ranger. When compared to the Atlas Ranger, the Nomad has a shorter wheelbase at 1446 mm. This will bring more agility to the Nomad.
The Ranger comes with a front fender and a headlight grille to enhance its off-road looks. It also has a larger front wheel than the Nomad at 19-inches. High suspension (200 mm) at both ends and a tall saddle make the Ranger look like it belongs on the off-road tracks.
Both motorcycles employ bulky preload, compression and rebound adjustable 50 mm diameter Roadholder USD forks at the front. The rear holds a Roadholder monoshock with rising rate linkage and piggyback reservoir with adjustable preload.
The vehicles will enter the premium motorbike market, to take on the existing competition in India. They are expected to be launched by 2020 at a premium price tag. The bikes will be available in 5 variants.
Norton Atlas India Launch
– British brand Norton to launch Atlas Ranger and Atlas Nomad
– Both bikes will feature 650cc engines and will enter the premium bikes segment
– Expected to be launched by 2020