Last week, we showed you two new motorcycles from Norton, the Atlas Ranger and the Atlas Nomad. Today, we bring you a third bike from this 650cc parallel-twin platform from the British brand, the Norton Superlight.
Based off the same road-going platform as the Atlas, the Superlight is really a race bike in disguise.
This is because the Norton Superlight takes the mild-mannered engine from the Atlas bikes, which makes 84hp and 47 lbs•ft of torque, and cranks them up to “11” for an engine that produces 105hp (78 kW) of peak power and 55 lbs•ft (75 Nm) of torque.
It is a shame that we don’t have more photos (or any good photos) of the Norton Superlight, because the machine drips in carbon fiber, including the bodywork and wheels. Noticeably visible too is the polished Spondon frame.
Öhlins NIX forks are at the front, with an Öhlins TTX GP shock in the rear. Dual 320mm discs are clamped with Brembo M50 calipers on the front wheel, and Norton includes an up/down quickshifter as well. Traction control is also standard, and is assisted by an IMU, which provides wheelie control and launch control capability as well.
Weighing is a paltry 348 lbs (158kg) dry, which means that the Norton Superlight lives up to its name, especially when you consider that it is still a Euro4 street-legal motorcycle. Of course, it won’t be cheap. The Brits want £19,950 ($25,500) for it.
We would expect to see the Norton Superlight competing in the 2019 Isle of Man TT, in the Lightweight TT class. We also wouldn’t be surprised if some guy named John was on it when it did.