For Sale: 1967 Norton 920 Cafe Racer

'When it was launched the Atlas was hailed as a machine that would accelerate from 10mph to more than 100mph in top gear, and 20 years later the bike remains capable of squirting past most vehicles at the flick of the rider's right wrist.' – Mike Nicks, Classic Bike magazine, 1988.

First seen in prototype form in 1962, the 745cc Atlas represented the biggest stretch yet applied to Norton’s parallel twin engine. Built for export only initially – home market deliveries commenced in 1964 – the Alas was fundamentally a larger-engined version of the existing 650SS, using the same Featherbed frame/Roadholder fork cycle parts. Contemporary road tests typically recorded a top speed in the region of 115-120mph with fuel consumption approaching 60 miles per gallon. The arrival of the similar-capacity but Isolastic-framed Commando in 1967 spelled the end for the Atlas, which disappeared from the Norton range towards the end of 1968. Almost the last of Norton’s traditional Featherbed-framed twins (the 650cc version lasted into 1970) this muscular road-burner is today highly sought after by discerning collectors.

Built by one of Denmark’s foremost Norton specialists, this beautiful Atlas is presented in the classic ‘Café Racer’ style, a look that is currently undergoing a healthy resurgence as part of the modern customising scene. It is based on a 1967 Atlas and incorporates a Norton Commando 850 engine, enlarged to 920cc. Other noteworthy features include an alloy ‘Manx’ fuel tank; Grimeca double-sided 4LS front brake, Amal Concentric Mk2 carburettors, alloy fork yokes, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footrests, central alloy oil tank, matching Smiths instruments, alloy wheel rims, alloy swinging arm, and a special exhaust system. In other words: this stunning two-wheeled work of art ticks all the ‘Café Racer’ boxes.

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