650cc Norton Atlas scrambler reservations open for 2021 launch

Norton is taking details from interested parties as it confirms the Atlas range of scramblers will go into production in 2021

Norton Atlas Nomad

THE wheels of industry are beginning to turn at Donington Hall as Norton confirms the Atlas models for 2021.

We first saw the 650cc parallel twin-cylinder Atlas models at the end of 2019, when the then-CEO Stuart Garner revealed the model to the world at Motorcycle Live.

Moto Corse Norton Commando Custom | Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2019

Moto Corse Norton Commando Custom | Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2019

Since then, it’s fair to say that movement on the models has been, well, static really. And we all know what’s happening in the intervening years. The good news is that TVS and the Interim CEO, John Russell, can see enough potential in the bikes to be forging on with full production.

The range of sweet-looking retro scrambler is reported to encompass the Atlas Nomad (top) and Ranger (below) models, both of which are going to share a common engine and chassis, with varying trim and equipment levels defining the range.

The bikes are powered by a 650cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that is claimed to be producing 84bhp and 47lb-ft of torque. The engine runs a 270° crank, meaning V-twin-esq delivery and sound. It should be a revvy little number two, with some reporting peak power arriving at 11k rpm. Dry weight at launch was a claimed 180kg.

At the launch in 2018, the Nomad had a very un-Norton-like price-tag of £9,995, while the Ranger, which is the slightly more off-road inspired of the two, came in at £11,995. As it stands there is no confirmation as to how TVS is pricing the two-bike range.

For more information on the Atlas Nomad and Ranger, or to register your interest in the bikes, head to: Nortonmotorcycles.com