Nor­ton Ro­tary Clas­sic

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Build of the Year 2018 -

1987 588cc air-cooled, twin cham­ber ro­tary, 79bhp, 227kg

What is it? A bet­ter at­tempt at the ro­tary theme than Suzuki’s RE5, but still odd in al­most ev­ery re­spect.

Why so odd? The wankel en­gine had no con­nec­tion to the ear­lier Nor­ton name, but it kept the brand alive for a fur­ther decade or so. Odd­est of all, this util­i­tar­ian road­ster (check out the al­most Eastern Bloc styling) formed the ba­sis for Brain Crighton’s hugely suc­cess­ful Nor­ton ro­tary rac­ers.

Why you want one: Like the RE5, this is a bike with a mas­sively en­thu­si­as­tic cult fol­low­ing and those who run them, love them. Al­though thirsty, a ro­tary mo­tor has a charm all of its own. Pricey though. Val­ues: £6000-£10,000

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