Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by 84ok, Feb 3, 2019.
Kawasaki proved that a production supercharger was practical in the real world.
Suzuki will probably be next.
With all the clean air restrictions on internal combustion engines, supercharging/turbo charging is becoming the last refuge for performance.
However, packaging is everything, and getting 100+ hp out of a lightweight 600 or 700 twin sounds great.
You can see from the H2 and the concept drawings of the Suzuki just how complex it will be to work on these new designs.
They have to cram 10 lbs of sh** into a 5 lb sack.
I hope the boys at Donington publish some concept drawings the supercharged 650 soon.
I am surprised Suzuki didn't integrate the turbine part of the charger in the cylinder head!
It would save space and provide best efficiency.
They probably wanted to keep the head as far away from the turbo's heat as possible, and close as possible to the exhaust feed.
This layout also limits the length of pipe required from the turbo to the intercooler, another plus.
Using the trellis tubes as a conduit for the air to the turbo and out to the intercooler - an ingenious design.
This is all fine and good . Norton is so small by the time they finish their projects they will be behind again . I don't mind , This is part of the price we pay for buying from a small boutique concern. I am hoping that the Atlas will be a great next bike for me . When and where they will be available in the USA we have to wait and see. Lots of waiting unfortunately !
Two US dealers are chomping at the bit for the Atlas.....AF1 Racing in Texas and Indian Motorcycle of Orange County in California......waiting for homologation to begin.
They have to wait for the factory to be built first...
Then the bikes...
Then the homologation can begin.
At lest 9 months out at earliest