Norton Rotary Development (2):
After the first models had been based on
the A65 BSA,
there was a switch in Umberslade Hall to a more Triumph based
development. The next prototype we have documented is the BSA
Bandit/Triumph Fury based one, arguably the nicest of the lot! We thought this motorcycle
had never before been in the eyes of the
public, but have since been advised- quite rightly- that black-and-white
side views of the machine can be found in Bert Hopwoods book
"Whatever happened to the British Motorcycle Industry" on page
||Imagine a 350cc Triumph
Bandit with a 70bhp engine in a very light but strong frame- this
would be the author's pick of the prototypes!
The bike used a Wankel twin rotor
engine, coupled to a Triumph pre-unit gearbox, possibly with a
five-speed cluster. The period must be 1971/72, as drum brakes (Group
conical hubs) are used rather than a disc brake at the front.
Hopwood dates it 1973, but may be mistaken.