- Jun 30, 2012
A featerbed Norton with 19 inch wheels and the 24.5 degree rake is usually a very precise nice handling bike. I stuffed my Triton by fitting 18 inch wheels front and back to get better rubber. The bike still handled OK, but in corners became neutral and very heavy to ride fast. With the Manx motor in the featherbed frame and 19 inch wheels, the bike oversteers slightly as you accelerate when on a lean. It inspires a lot of well-justified confidence. With the twin motors, the weight is a bit further back, so the bike is not as good to ride fast.I have 2 Nortons both slimlines, The 99 runs old style Avon Speedmaster/SM tyres on 19" slim std Rims ,has raised bars and weighty Craven Panniers. Handles perfectly and turns in well. Grip is a bit suspect on greasy wet roads. The Atlas has Modern tyres on 19 " Alloy rims with a WM3 on the back. Handles like a loaded truck. Would hate to have to change line mid corner. Don't ride it . Son thinks its OK , but as my brother used to ride a very bent 88 and thought it the best handling bike ever , I don't give much weight to others opinions !!.