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Norton Wankel

By spikemoz
V1
This is a 1987 Norton Classic fitted with a twin rotor Wankel engine. This clever design has a triangular shaped rotor that runs eccentrically in a cylinder in such a way that the induction, compression, ignition and exhaust cycle occurs three times per evolution of the rotor. There is an excellent animation of a single rotor on Wickipedia showing how the Wankel principle works. There is also a detailed history on the Norton Owners Club web site of how Norton aquired this engine and the many other uses this engine was put to.

V2
Is a close up of the engine. You can clearly see the two inlet manifolds (one for each rotor) mounted on top and beneath the engine casing.

Spike.

Tags: Transport Norton Landscape and travel Flash and lighting National motorcycle museum Wankel engine

Voters: cirrusminor, imagio, TyChee and 11 more


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Comments


imagio 14 12 1 England
29 Jan 2009 12:57AM
Nice bike nice images Spike

Bernie
TyChee Plus
15 275 1 United States
29 Jan 2009 3:55AM
Great capture and bike.
Ty
Ray42 12 3 England
29 Jan 2009 6:03AM
Nice one - good write up - however the Wankel engine didnt last long - good idea but some engineering problems. Japanese are experimenting again with this I hear
29 Jan 2009 10:22AM
My friend used to have one these, quite frightening to ride on as a pillion passenger.As they were quite fast[or it seemed to be, to me]
Great shot.
Peter
DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
29 Jan 2009 12:18PM
A great picture with good information about it. I rode one of these for about a week and they were a fantastic bike. Ticking over you could balance a 50p peace on its edge on the tank it was that smooth, and boy did it go, like a rat up a drainpipe. Smile


David.
Rock 18 10 2 England
29 Jan 2009 1:56PM
A triend has a ex Police Bike of this type.

As a Rocker From The Locker how come I have missed your work ?

Rock
spikemoz 13 2
29 Jan 2009 2:37PM
Thanks for the votes and comments, much appreciated.

Spike.

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