Yes Tony, part of me wants to applaud them because ‘at least they went’.At least they were at the IOM . It seemed like they were not prepared for it last time though . 135 mph from a entry level 650 twin is very good . MCN said the frame and suspension worked well too.
The first quote was yours. I'd love to see a 650 with 84 bhp, but I think that's a pipe dream. No dyno test and they could "claim" anything. A comparo with the Atlas, an Enfield, a Kaw W650 (think they upped the displacement) and maybe one of the smaller-cc Triumph twins would be more telling.Danno, what are you reading?
As far as I know there has only been one road test, and that was in the Motor Cycle News.
Norton are claiming 84bhp. MCN estimate 75bhp at the rear wheel. Whichever way you cut it, it’s a lot more than 46!
They wouldn’t have said this if it had 46bhp:
“It’s geared for around 135mph on the limiter in 6th, but what matters is sub-90mph performance, and it happily charges up to the thick end of that with as much aggression as anyone really needs on the road“.
Read the test here:
Looks like someone has been reading, well spotted, surprised others out there have not read this which is in the public domain.The Racing costs are booked to a separate company , every £ spent also gets booked as an asset of a £ in the main company. House of cards accounting.
Right.Also, for any given capacity, a short stroke motor equates to a bigger bore which in turn allows room for bigger valves & better breathing. All good design philosophy & not something you'll find on a typical Panther...