NORTONS FOR NMM RAFFLE
The National Motorcycle Museum has announced the details of its very special summer raffle with first and second prizes being very special Norton motorcycles. Museum Director James Hewing stated, “Our thanks must go to Norton Motorcycles who have been extremely generous in donating a brand new Norton Commando as first prize for our special Summer 2021 Norton raffle. The Commando 961 Classic is a blend of Norton’s iconic styling combined with modern components, cutting-edge engineering and expert craftsmanship. Raffle participants now have the chance to win one hand-built Commando out of a limited series of 40, as well as two other exceptional Norton prizes in this amazing, one-of-a-kind competition.”
Norton Motorcycles Interim CEO John Russell added, “We are delighted to support the National Motorcycle Museum to help them raise the crucial funds needed to return to normal operations. Their heritage collection includes a very significant part of our history, from racing victory to wartime efforts, and it’s important for the direction of Norton’s future, too.”
First prize in the raffle is a brand new 2021 Norton Commando 961cc Classic while second prize is a brand new ‘old stock’ 1993 Norton Commander 588cc Rotary which has never been run or registered and is showing only 12 ‘push miles’ on the odometer.
Third prize is a VIP private tour & lunch for four around the new Norton Motorcycles HQ in Solihull.
The prize draw for the raffle will take place on Saturday 30th October 2021 at The National Motorcycle Museum Live event. Tickets cost £2.00 each and may be purchased on-line from www.thenmm.co.uk
MV AGUSTA 'RUSH'
MV Agusta pushes the naked bike concept to the extreme with its new Rush model. Created as a limited edition of just 300 it is surely destined to be a future classic. The styling speaks for itself and the already well-proven engine has gone through a further development programme for 2021. An inline-four with radial valves and titanium connecting rods, the MV Rush engine now has new components that reduce internal friction. The extremely high-performance engine uses sophisticated materials and flaunts record-breaking power for a 1000 cc naked, delivering 208 HP at 13,000 rpm. Timing is updated, with the introduction of new cam phasing designed to offer more favourable torque at low/medium revs without detracting from the intense drive and acceleration that has always distinguished this engine. The use of a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating for the surfaces of the valve buckets cuts down on friction and improves reliability. The addition of new primary drive gearing helps reduce friction between the gears, while the clutch system has been strengthened to improve reliability, especially during the extreme starts guaranteed by Launch Control, while the third generation EAS 3.0 electronic gearbox has a new sensor for more precise shifting and more comfortable insertion. The four-exit exhaust, an unmistakeable MV Agusta trademark, is more eye-catching than ever on the Rush, its main collector box boasting an updated structure that emphasises the unique sound of the four-cylinder, despite what is now a Euro 5 compliant engine in terms of noise control. The chassis of the Rush is as sophisticated as one would expect for such an extreme machine. The electronically controlled Öhlins EC suspension is fully adjustable to maximise rider feeling and comfort and improves load transfer control plus the ability to dampen any unevenness. The full Brembo braking system with radial master cylinder and Stylema callipers is, as it should be, simply state of the art.
The new Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP sports an updated racing-inspired livery and is equipped with top of the range Öhlins suspension, Marchesini forged wheels and standard Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO with a more precise gearbox for improved gear selection.