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Norton F1 (P55)

Introduced in 1990, the Norton F1 (or P55 in factory parlance) was essentially a road-going version of the successful RCW 588 racer.

Created under the auspices of Philippe Le Roux, its stunning lines were the work of the Seymour Powell design agency. Powered by a liquid-cooled version of Norton's well-proven 588cc twin chamber rotary engine mated to a five-speed Yamaha FZR1000 derived gearbox, the F1's track-honed aluminium alloy twin spar beam frame was equipped with upside down White Power front forks and swinging arm rear suspension.

Searingly fast, its 95bhp and 57lbft of torque outputs translated into a reputed 155mph top speed. Riding on seventeen-inch cast aluminium alloy wheels, its Brembo disc brakes (320mm front, 230mm rear) were fitted with four-pot callipers as standard. Arguably one of the greatest bikes of its generation and certainly a milestone in motorcycle styling, a mere 140 are thought to have been during its two-year production run.

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