Norton Manx rethinks the single-cylinder sportsbike

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David_Mucci_Norton_Manx.jpgWhat is it with transportation design students and dead British motorcycle brands? Actually, it looks like David Mucci was part of the same College for Creative Studies design program that generated the Vincent Nero concept, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that his Manx shares some of the same inspiration and bulbous café racer-inspired shapes. David envisions a reborn Manx Norton, but with up-to-date tech for a more modern riding experience.
>David_Mucci_Norton_Manx_2.jpgLike the bike it’s inspired by, the Norton Manx would use a 500cc
air-cooled single-cylinder engine, but this time with a supercharger.
David envisions clever fins extending through the supercharger inlet to
aid cooling. We’re less convinced about the other mechanical solutions
he proposes — the anti dive brakes look like they’d add a whole lot of
unsprung weight and the rear rim-mounted brake discs redefine the term ‘overkill’ — but we do like the bike’s simple, handsome forms. The rear
seat unit is a particular highpoint, cleverly incorporating the
taillight into the single-color unit and the tailpipes really
complement the whole thing.

David_Mucci_Norton_Manx_3.jpgDavid’s Cross-Over Clamp idea is interesting, bolting the forks through
just the lower portion of the triple clamp then bracing them. He hopes
this design would reduce fork length and therefore weight. We’re not
sure if that would work, but the way the headlight mount is
incorporated as a clamp brace is well executed.

David_Mucci_Norton_Manx_5.jpgDavid works as an illustrator for our friends at 0-60 Magazine, but we
hope to see more motorcycle designs from him in the future.

David_Mucci_Norton_Manx_4.jpgDavid Mucci

  • Ben

    Interesting. I wish the design programs would work with an engineer to discuss practical solutions (and get designers used to working with engineers). The tail reminds me of the Aprilia Blue Marlin Concept, and a supercharged single is a good plan, though I’d go with water cooled as the extra hp from the supercharger will make up for the limited weight increase. Anybody heard from Kenny Dreer recently? I’d hate to see Norton go down for good, but it’s starting to look that way.

    David if you read this, what software are you using to model? Rhino?

  • http://www.coroflot.com/D_Mucci David Mucci

    To Wes: I appreciate you hosting my work. It’s always good to see/hear the feedback.

    To Ben: I used Alias to build the model and Showcase to do the renderings.

  • Justin Thompson

    thats pretty badass… I want one

  • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

    Nice work.
    The anti-dive brake configuration doesn’t have to add a lot of weight if lightweight material is used…cf & aluminum. The cost may not be prohibitive since there is not much material needed for those 2 braces.

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

    David: Let me know next time you work on something motorcycle related. Cool bike.

  • http://www.coroflot.com/D_Mucci David Mucci

    Will do Wes. Hopefully I’ll have the chance to in the future. I’m still on the career search – I’d love to end up in a related field.

    Thanks,
    Dave

  • Dave Klaus

    David, Stunning bike. I love the clean looks and muscular stance, I’ll take one!

    Best regards, Dave

  • JR

    So nice!

    I’m obsessed with supercharged singles these days. Why doesn’t anyone build one for the public?

    This would be so great!

  • edward

    John Surtees restored the supercharged BMW Walter Zeller used to win the 1938 Isle of Man. His opinion was the banning of supercharges was a retrograde step as it gave a wide power band something the single cylinder Nortons with their megaphone exhausts and huge overlap definitely did not have. Geoff duke would use his front brake to control speed while keeping the Norton “on the cam” to avoid slipping the clutch.