Norton Atlas Gallery
The Atlas was in production for 6 years
from 1962, though for the first couple of years it
was only sold on the export market, by far the largest
number going to the Berliner Motor Corporation in
the U.S.A. Although sharing identical styling with
the 650SS, the Atlas was offered with several petrol
tank colour options, black, silver, green and most
popular, red. An easy recognition point is the breather
exit on the left hand side of the crankcase at the
end of the camshaft.
The Atlas engine is an enlarged version of the 650SS
with the bore opened out from 68mm to 73mm, giving
a small but welcome power increase to 49 b.h.p. combined
with a lot more torque but regrettably with more vibration.
Handling is impeccable, thanks to the esteemed Featherbed
frame, but the single leading shoe front brake does
not rate too highly by modern standards.
With the appearance of the revolutionary Commando
in 1967, the Atlas became somewhat redundant and was
deleted together with the 650SS from the range in
|1964 Norton Atlas
|1965 Norton Atlas
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||1967 Norton Atlas
|1967 Norton Atlas
||750 cafe racer.
|1968 Norton Atlas
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