7th, 8th December 2019

Norton Rotary to lead classic bike pack at AMF

Good news for classic bike fans – our list of entrants in the classic bike category has now been confirmed.

Top of the list for many bike fans will be the 1987 JPS Norton RC588 Factory Works race bike that surprised everybody in the late 80s and early 90s. 

This machine combines the very first race chassis and the first water-cooled factory works twin-rotor engine developed by Norton in the late 1980s. Norton’s racing glory days were long behind them when this bike was conceived, and its success in racing against formidable opposition has made it legendary. Wins include the 1992 Isle of Man TT and the 94 British Superbike Championship.

Initially developed without the support of Norton management, the RC588 looked promising from the outset, with a race-ready weight of 145kg and power estimated at 135hp (Norton’s dyno only ran to 100hp).

This is the only genuine works rotary in private ownership anywhere in the world and the first time one has ever run in Australia. The sound alone is worth the ticket price ...

There are also pre-WW2 machines from Velocette and Norton, the legendary Vincent Black Lightning, British machines from the glory days of the 50s and 60s, some booming twins from Italy and fast inline fours Japan, including a Joey Dunlop RC30 replica.

See the full list here.

RC30  Matchless G50  

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