Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by Voodooo, Feb 15, 2019.
Seen this today in cafe racer magazine. I hope to Hell this isn’t true or I’m not buying a Nomad.
The India part? Meh.
Harrumph! Mine's old and worn, but at least it's English. Sorry, I'm a bit old fashioned.
Yes. Not interested in buying one if made in India.
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Those pics at factory just a few weeks apart,unless journalists & media have been watching Norton closely it’s a job to keep up,in the last 12 months there’s been the V4 s have been launched, announced deals of making the 961 in India for the Asian market, the Chinese making a new Norton engine under licence,the 650 Atlas & Ranger presented & then along comes the Superlight 650 carbon Casanova to seduce a new generation of Norton customers ( which not many if any fans new about ) so it’s not surprising in the “ Fog of War “ so to speak that facts get mixed up, if I’m wrong I will be going commando on my commando all summer
I was on the Norton stand yesterday at Excel show. One employee said they are building a big new building, in answer to my question as to where they will build the 650, though he didn’t actually answer directly. Maybe someone going over weekend can get an answer out of Stuart , who was there yesterday!
Nice one . Thats the first time I've seen the frame with the tank off. Are those foam socks over the throttle bodies ?
Either Rob or Simon have stated on a previous forum that all new machines will be assembled in Donnington, the new building is for the Nomad and Ranger models. They will also use “quality parts sourced internationally where necessary.” Simon said the 650 engine was developed at Donnington - as Richard says “a lot of fog around at the moment”
Definitely not an India made machine
From the Norton Atlas Thread:
Glad you like the bike!
Just to clarify (and I have no idea where these things start!) but we have never even spoken to anyone in Korea or KYMCO! The engine was designed in its entirety by my team here at Norton. The engine is licensed to Zongshen and parts for the motor are from a global supply chain, which is nature of the beast in 2018 when you are chasing quality. Engines are assembled here at Norton, just like EVERY engine we have ever made, 961, V4 and 650. Its a super engine and was conceived at the same time as the V4 but the engineering started in earnest a little later.
The V4 also bears almost no resemblance to the Aprilia, we used that in racing but from an engineering point of view they are both V4's and that's where the similarity ends. The V4 was a ground up design using latest engineering practices and again done by our team here at Norton.
I too seen the pics of the running bike with the megaphones and also of the new factory. That’s why I was disappointed in seeing the article saying production in India.
I personally reached out to Stuart and sent him these very same pictures of the article.
He’s upset that Mike Seate let this happen.
Just goes to show the old adage is true about those in the know:
You never get in trouble for saying what you know
You get in trouble for saying what you THINK you know
Sadly, a lot of that going around in journalism today.
Good to see SG set them straight.
Bravo! Perhaps I'm lost in the past or something, but ' English' is what commands my immediate respect when the word motorcycle is following. I don't really care where the parts are sourced because it was afterall once an empire with many global ties.
I was having doubts as I read that article, though I had an underlying faith someone here would chase down the true facts and get to the crux of the biscuit. Goes to demonstrate don't spread falsehoods of things Norton new or old. The reporter could surely be working for any major US news agency with his sound research.