British motorcycle brand Norton Motorcycles, which is now owned by TVS Motor Company, has invited expressions of interest from prospective customers for the Norton Atlas range of scramblers. The Norton Atlas Nomad and the Norton Atlas Ranger, are built around a 650 cc parallel-twin engine, and will go into production in 2021. The two Norton Atlas scramblers were first revealed in 2018, and were supposed to be available commercially from 2019, but Norton's financial problems and subsequent troubles seem to have put a spanner in the works. With new ownership and a new CEO John Russell at the helm, the company seems to have decided to go ahead with full production of the Atlas range.
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Both the Norton Atlas Nomad and the Norton Atlas Ranger will share a common engine and chassis, with varying trim and equipment. Both the Norton Atlas 650 models will share the same 650 cc parallel-twin eninge, with a 270-degree firing interval. In terms of performance, the 650 cc twin puts out 84 bhp at 11,000 rpm, with a healthy torque rating of 64 Nm.
The Atlas Ranger gets longer travel suspension (200 mm travel) with increased ground clearance, and a set of beefier handlebars, a small flyscreen, engine bashplate and raised front fender. The Ranger has a seat height of 875 mm, while the Nomad has a seat height of 824 mm. Dry weight is expected to be around 180 kg.
So far, there's no information on when in 2021 the finished production bikes will roll out, however 2021 is just under a month away, and considering Norton has announced reservations from interested parties for the bikes, the 650 cc Atlas scramblers could make their debut anytime in the calendar year.