The F1 was a road-going sports model that Norton based on its successful RCW588 racing motorcycle. The F1 was offered in only one livery: black with gold decals and grey and gold stripes, to reflect John Player's sponsorship of Norton's successful race team.
|Horsepower||96 BHP (70 kW)|
|Transmission||duplex primary chain, 5-ratio gearbox, single-row final drive chain|
|Fuel Capacity||20 liters|
The Norton F1 was introduced to an expectant public in 1990, styled by Seymour and Powell and announced at a time when the factory John Player Special team were at the height of their success the new model was assured of attracting interest. Typed the P55 by the factory the development of the new model had been instigated by the head of the company, Philippe Le Roux, who recognised both the potential of a JPS inspired race replica and the need for the company to be seen to be producing some motorcycles. The stunning Seymour/Powell bodywork was complimented by high quality components such as the Brembo brakes and stainless exhaust system and an exceptional build standard. At its best on fast open roads, the F1 met with mixed reviews but is now highly regarded.
Original factory brochure (1990). Norton JPS F1. Norton Motors Limited.
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