We take a look at David Mucci's futuristic vision of a motorcycle legend
FEAST YOUR eyes on automotive designer David Mucci's vision of how a future Manx Norton should look.
Mucci's design cleverly keeps the Manx's legendary lines, while adding a certain futuristic flair.
David's concept bike uses an air-cooled supercharged engine, radial-mounted brake discs and anti-dive front suspension.
Anyone fancy stumping up the cash needed to get it into production?
Even the Norton America 859 Commando could'nt get enough finance to keep going and that was one of the best looking Norton's of all time. This Manx will just be another piece of art work to hang on the wall,looks good,but unfortunatly, it'll never happen.
Posted: 01/08/2008 at 09:23
Posted: 01/08/2008 at 09:30
How does that "anti-Dive" fork system work then?? Looks like a pair of forks with damping arms - how would that work?? (unless it's suppposed to be a trailing/leading link system of some sort??)
Be honest now - how many people these days would buy a single, supercharged or not. everyone buys IL4s.
Posted: 01/08/2008 at 09:55
It's a nice idea but nothing more than a CAD drawing with lots of missing detail.
The twin radial rear brakes strike me as a bit OTT.
I'm still confused about the use of the Norton name, who owns the rights? We currently have both the revived Norton Racer and the American Norton company who are pushing the Commando concept. I thought there was some dispute over the use of the name, but has it been resolved?
Posted: 01/08/2008 at 10:11
davevmax wrote (see
Nice one burty,was thinking the same about the name,how weird is that?
Posted: 01/08/2008 at 10:30
This article is old, but I just came across it.
They anti-dive system works off brake force - the same way mountain bikes do. Basically the forward force of the caliper under braking pushes up on the forks.
More on the concept here: www.coroflot.com/D_Mucci
Posted: 08/10/2009 at 21:14
Posted: 08/10/2009 at 21:18
David Mucci wrote (see)
Posted: 09/10/2009 at 18:50
Yes, which is the definition of a concept.
It was a 14 week student project of mine during my senior year.
The time span of the project was pretty tight to research, design, build in CAD, physically model up, and create a presentation - so please excuse the absence of brake levers and electrical lines .
Here are some shots of the 1:4 scale model:
Posted: 13/10/2009 at 15:10
OK, question about the anti-dive system:
I understand the idea, brakes exert force onto the lever to push the forks up, more brake applied more upwards force, on a perfectly flat surface all is good.
The issue that I have with this design is that that on a bumpy surface when the forks are compressed sharply, this would surely result in a sharp force acting on the brake disc against the direction of rotation i.e act on the wheel in a backwards direction (anticlockwise when viewed from the right side).
Whilst applying the brakes whilst in motion this would likely have a similar consequence to quickly squeezing then relaxing the brakes, this is not likely to be a problem under most normal circumstances but surely if the tyre is at its threshold (as in threshold braking by a fast rider/racer), then any additional pressure on the brakes or indeed any more opposition to the forward rotation of the wheel would cause the wheel to lock momentarily?
Do these systems exist?
Do they have issues with heavy braking on a less than perfect surface?
Or have I just spent 10 mins writing utter bollox?
Nice design otherwise
Posted: 13/10/2009 at 16:21
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