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. It will reduce fuel usage and increase the thermal efficiency of the engine, as well as significantly lowering water temperatures. 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.
Following on from the recent addition of Mick Grant to the Norton Factory race team, Norton can today announce they have hired Steve Plater to test and develop the Norton SG2 TT race bike. Yesterday saw the first test, with a high speed stability test carried out at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.
Norton returns to Belgium to exhibit the Commando 961 range at the Brussels motorcycle show. Our exclusive Norton dealers headed up by Mike Van Ouytsel and Baert Romain said “the press attention and enthusiasm was overwhelming. it was fantastic to have the Norton bikes here to showcase at the biggest motorcycle show in Belgium.”
Mike and the Belgium team are regular visitors to the Norton factory, learning service and workshop procedures over the last few years. We wish them well going forwards and are sure their passion and love for motorcycling will bring them great success with Norton.
Norton Motorcycles today announces that Mick Grant, seven-time Isle of Man TT winner has joined the Norton Factory Racing team, some 40 years after he last rode for the Norton Factory.
The softly spoken, down to earth Yorkshireman will take the team forward in this year’s TT when they return with the much developed SG2 Factory bike, to take part in this iconic road race.
Mick will have responsibility towards bike development, rider management and importantly will be sharing his vast TT and racing experience with the highly capable team of young engineers within the Norton Factory Race Team.
In a racing career spanning almost 20 years, Mick won seven Isle of Man TT races and was the rider who finally broke Mike Hailwoods’s enduring lap record in 1975. He won grands prix in Holland and Sweden as well as the Ise of Man and during the mid-1970’s was Barry Sheene’s principal opponent.
Mick says “ I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with a brand of huge racing heritage. To work with a team that has so much passion and enthusiasm is great, this is the key to a successful team.”
Stuart Garner, Norton CEO says “To be able to get such experienced talent like Mick is a real coup for Norton, we are determined to win TT’s here at Norton and we see Mick’s role as a vital step in ensuring our team has the depth of experience to take on the current experienced teams. In particular our engineering team will greatly benefit from Mick’s knowledge. We have built a factory race bike from scratch and are now developing it continually, Mike will enable us to move forward with both bike development and rider management”
Picture shows Simon Skinner, Head of Design with Mick Grant and Stuart Garner.