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Old 04-14-2009, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Norton NRV588 rotary-powered motorcycle in action

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Undoubtedly, the company that's most often associated with rotary engine technology is Mazda. The Japanese automaker has been building Wankel powerplants for decades, with the current RX-8 standing alone as the only new automobile powered by the innovative engine architecture. In reality, though, many firms have experimented with the rotary engine, including Suzuki, which offered a rotary-powered motorcycle in the Seventies. Up until the mid-Nineties, European racetracks were filled with the buzzing sounds of Wankel-engined Norton motorcycles terrorizing their larger four-stoke twin-cylinder competitors and winning races such as the Isle of Man TT in 1992.

That unmistakable buzzsaw sound is set to make a comeback at this year's running at the Isle of Man as the latest Norton revival takes to the track. Click past the break for a video of the rotary-powered NRV588 as it makes a few laps at Donington Park and the dyno. Pay special attention to the exposed exhaust pipes, which reportedly get so hot they need to be made from Inconel.


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thats a sick ass bike
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I don't care what anyone says, a rotary motor is sweet to put on anything.
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wow, i want one! how heavy do you think it is though?
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rotary engines are pretty light from what i've heard

do they always run that hot though?
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I think any race motor is going to do that, but that thing didn't have the air flow or the fairings on.
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i want it badly

i wonder what it would do against a busa.....although i'm sure this one would tear it it up on the circuit
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It kinda looks like it's got the weight/size of a 600 but the power of a 1300.
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It kinda looks like it's got the weight/size of a 600 but the power of a 1300.
exactly that bike should own
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It kinda looks like it's got the weight/size of a 600 but the power of a 1300.
You think Geoffs dad has those two suzuki rotaries sitting in his garage in rockford still?
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