Hot Nor­tons

At­las No­mad and Ranger 650s change the game

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Two new At­las mod­els could prove tempt­ing

The all-new At­las No­mad and Ranger use a 650cc par­al­lel-twin in a steel trel­lis frame, mar­ried to beau­ti­fully pro­por­tioned styling and a do-it-all go-any­where at­ti­tude. They look great.

De­signed for ev­ery­day rid­ing and ca­sual jaunts down green­lanes, the pair are in­tended to be ro­bust and re­silient, and sim­ple enough that any un­wanted in­ter­ac­tions with the scenery won’t do too much dam­age.

The en­gine, con­ceived as a ver­sion of the V4, but with­out the rear bank of cylin­ders, is un­der­stressed, but pow­er­ful. Knock­ing out a claimed 84bhp is im­pres­sive and more than enough for a road­fo­cused scram­bler.

En­gine, frame, tank, clocks, switchgear and elec­tron­ics will be the same on both bikes, and while the No­mad has a more her­itage vibe, the Ranger is aimed at those look­ing for a more mod­ern scram­bler feel. Both come on cen­trally laced spoked rims, with the No­mad run­ning Avon Trail­rid­ers (110/80 R18 and 180/55 R17), and the Ranger us­ing Avon Trekrid­ers for its slightly more off-road bi­ased 19in front rim (120/70 R19 and 170/60 R17).

The tank is a 15-litre moulded com­pos­ite unit rather than ex­pen­sive and dentable alu­minium or steel. Both bikes run Nor­ton Road­holder branded sus­pen­sion, but the Ranger sits higher for im­proved ground clear­ance (200mm travel), and gets braced bars, a bash plate, and a scram­bler style front mud­guard. With rel­a­tively low seat heights (824mm and 875mm), and nar­row seats, even the shorter of leg should have no trou­ble touch­ing down.

But it’s the price that re­ally make the At­las duo at­trac­tive. A slice of Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing in a fun ev­ery­day pack­age for sub£10k? Join the queue early.

O 650cc 84bhp / 47ftlb O 178kg (dry) O £9995 / £11,995 FAST FACTS RICHARD NEW­LAND DEPUTY EDI­TOR ‘Amidst a sea of scram­bler clones the At­las stands out as some­thing dif­fer­ent, some­thing a bit spe­cial’

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