Norton: California Dreamin….

21 05 2014

DONINGTON PARK, UK – May 21, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton are pleased to announce the first shipment of bikes to California for some 30 years! After a lengthy process of testing and homologation bikes are now leaving the factory destined for the West Coast.

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Following a new funding facility by Santander bank Norton are expanding production volumes. Further shipments are expected shortly into USA, Canada, Japan and for the first time in very many years Australia. Whilst the race team is preparing for the imminent TT races, the factory remains totally focussed on it’s production of the Commando 961 order book.

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More 961 chassis going into production today.

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SG3 meets Cameron Donald

14 05 2014

DONINGTON PARK, UK – May 14, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Cameron Donald get’s first test under his belt on the all new SG3. We had a great start to testing with Cam at Cadwell and already making strong progress in aligning the bike to Cam’s riding style and TT requirements. Very busy times at Norton as we are continually pushing our Commando 961 road bike volumes in the factory, never forgetting our core business. TT prep continues with the all new SG3 turning into a really strong package and getting great media coverage as you can see!

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Norton signs TT star Cameron Donald

24 03 2014

Cameron Donald to Ride for Norton Factory Team at
2014 Isle of Man TT Races

DONINGTON PARK, UK – March 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton Motorcycles can confirm that Cameron Donald will contest the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Australian ace lining up in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races for Norotn. Cameron will start both races from the number 19 position, made famous by the late Steve Hislop who took Norton’s last TT victory in the 1992 Senior Race.

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Cameron, hailing from Warrandyte, near Melbourne, won the TT Newcomers Trophy in 2005 and set the paddock alight a year later when he took a stunning second place in the Senior TT. 2008 saw him claim a Superbike-Superstock double victory and then setting the first ever 131mph+ lap in practice for the 2009 meeting.

He now has an impressive tally of ten podiums with his most recent coming in last year’s Superbike Race when he took second place behind Michael Dunlop. With a fastest lap of 130.729mph, Cameron is also the eighth fastest rider ever to have lapped the 37 and ¾-mile course and showed his versatility with second in the inaugural Okells Brewery 350cc Classic TT Race last August.

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Cameron Donald commented:

When Norton began talking to me about their plans for TT 2014 I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. With the enthusiasm and experience of the Norton team behind me and ex TT winners such as Mick Grant and Steve Plater now involved, this is sure to be an exciting year. Norton is synonymous with the Isle of Man TT and I can’t wait to ride the new SG3 round the Mountain Course and add to their Isle of Man history.”

Stuart Garner, CEO, Norton Motorcycles commented:

“Cameron is a really great rider to have on board, not only as a racer but also as a brand ambassador for Norton. His support, feedback and endorsement will all be really important to us both as a company and a race team as we look to and we are all relishing the challenge of developing a strong bike and team around him for the long-term. We will also be working with Cameron within our road bike business, primarily to help develop our Australasian markets where Norton, Cameron and the TT all have a great following.”

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Norton Testing New Technology

21 02 2014

DONINGTON PARK, UK – February 21, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton can today announce a partnership with Zircotec. Their unique 99% pure Zirconia Ceramic coating reduces exhaust temperatures by 33% and is suitable for applications up to 1400 degrees C, the ceramic coating is plasma sprayed on to the exhaust at a temperature of 10,000 degrees C.

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It will reduce fuel usage and increase the thermal efficiency of the engine, as well as significantly lowering water temperatures.

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Other benefits include reduced heat around the rear shock unit which in turn will give greater consistency and less thermal degradation to viscosity of the fluid within the shock reservoir which can lead to softening of the shock action throughout the race, issues like this are highlighted at races such as the long and enduring TT Senior race which is held over approx 240 miles. Technology like this, once proven will slowly migrate to road bikes and could lead to many different improvements for road use.

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Norton gets A Royal visit

2 12 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – December 2, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – HRH the Duke of Cambridge dropped in to see Norton at the UK Motorcycle show. Prince William is a bike enthusiast and showed great interest in the British built Norton range.

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He even tried out the Norton SG2 factory TT bike.

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Norton are proud and prvilidged to have had Prince William spend some time with us and show his interest in the company and our bikes.

 

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Norton into the USA

24 10 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – October 24, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Today we are very pleased to announce we have shipped the first batch of Norton Commando 961 bikes to the USA. A huge and historic step for Norton as the USA is a large and important market for Norton.

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The shipment is the first delivery of new Norton bikes for some 30+ years..

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Norton Motorcycles USA CEO Dan Van Epps has assembled many of the best US dealers to reperesent Norton, the US dealer contact details are available on our website at www.nortonmotorcycles.com any other enquiries regarding the US should be addressed to infousa@nortonmotorcycles.com

Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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Norton’s Export Volumes Rise

7 10 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – October 7, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Just weeks after settling into the new 45,000 sq ft production facility at Hasting House, located within the grounds of Donington Hall, Norton Motorcycles is developing and growing its export market.

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With the improved production facility layout, Norton have been able to grow production volume of its hand built motorcycles whilst increasing quality control procedures at all stages of production. Ensuring that volume growth has not been at the expense of quality control. The increase in volume is enabling key export markets to open and take further deliveries of pre-ordered motorcycles.

Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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Norton in New York!

27 09 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – September 27, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following hot on the heels of the Canadian launch event, Stuart Garner met with Dan Van Epps CEO of Norton America in central New York. The only topic of conversation was the imminent delivery of new Norton Commando motorcycles.

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Stuart and Dan discussed the final specification and model details needed to begin the October production of US Commando 961 Models. The bikes destined for the USA will be some of the first produced in Norton’s new Hastings House manufacturing facility.

In addition to the location’s greater size and volume potential, it also allows for future expansion when needed. In preparation for the move of Norton production to the Hastings House facility, the key priority in it’s layout design and construction was a focus on quality control during each assembly stage.

The U.S. destined Commando models feature many product, material and engineering changes that ensure every Norton produced is robust, reliable and delivers that true British Roadster experience.

Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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Norton Completes New Factory Move

10 09 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – September 10, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following Norton’s purchase earlier this year of Donington Hall and Hastings House, the Norton Motorcycle factory has now fully moved from it’s old Donington park race circuit premises to the 45,000 sq ft Hastings House facility.

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With increased space and an open floor plan, Norton have been able to improve the dynamic of many of it’s operations including parts flow through the building, supply chain management, quality control, sub assembly, engine build and PDI which have all had substantial benefits with the new premises and floor layout.

First bikes from the new facility have already rolled off production this week. The new facility allows for much capacity increase and enables Norton to build a strong future with it’s range of hand built British bikes.

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Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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Norton back to Tokyo

25 07 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – July 25, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following the successful launch at the British Embassy in Tokyo earlier this year Norton can announce today the first 961 Commando shipment to Japan. After an absence of some 30 years Norton are back in Japan partnering PCI Limited with a multi year exclusive distribution agreement.

With many dealers already in place and a strong distribution partner, Norton are set to establish a strong presence in this exciting market.

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Norton International Sales manager, Joe Adams, said “ we’ve had a great team effort to get the bikes through homologation and nicely into the territory, working closely with our distributor PCI to secure a solid long term future for Norton in Japan. Special thanks must go to Mr Aihara the CEO of PCI for working tirelessly with us and overlooking the whole process from Tokyo.”

The Norton factory have also been working flat out to open another key territory, the US. Watch this space…

Exciting times ahead for the resurgent British brand and our hand built range of bikes.

Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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