The legendary motorcycle brand, Norton, officially announced its entry into the Indian market last year. Earlier this year, the British motorcycle maker announced that the Norton Commando 961 can be booked at Rs. 2 lakh. The Commando 961 is a premium bike and will cost around Rs. 23 lakhs in India, however, to capture the mass segment market, Norton is also working on an all-new model.
The British motorcycle maker is working on the Norton Atlas 650 and it will be launched in the Indian market too. Stuart Garner, CEO, Norton Motorcycles, has shared a couple of officially rendered pictures of the upcoming motorcycle that reveals the design of the bike. The production version of the motorcycle will be revealed at the 2018 Motorcycle Live, which is scheduled to take place in November 2018.
The official pictures reveal that the bike will get a scrambler-inspired design. It gets the signature Norton tank with a floating single seat that can accommodate two people. It gets a high-mounted exhaust and a metal engine guard. The design reveals that the twin-cylinder engine powered bike will get a single two-into-one exhaust. The bike also gets LED headlamps with a tall visor mounted on the top of it.
The oil cooler and radiator can be seen placed behind the thick upside down front forks. The bike also gets thick tyres with a big block tread pattern shod on the spoked rims. However, there are no mudguards at the front or the rear of the bike. The production version of the bike will definitely get all these parts. The bike gets a mono-suspension at the rear. The exposed parallel-twin engine is liquid-cooled and will generate a maximum power of between 70 Bhp and 100 Bhp.
The Norton Atlas 650 will take on the upcoming Royal Enfield twins but it will be significantly more expensive than the upcoming bikes. Norton is expected to start assembling bikes in India too. Norton has partnered with the Kinetic group in India and will bring a lot of CKD (Completely Knocked Down) bikes to the market to keep the costs low.