The Norton Mercury 650 was produced in the late 1960s. It was part of the Norton Atlas family, which included the Atlas 750, the Atlas 650, and the Mercury 650. The Mercury 650 was based on the Norton Atlas 650. It featured a 649cc parallel-twin engine that produced 49 horsepower. The engine was a variant of the Atlas 650 engine, with a shorter stroke and higher compression ratio. The Mercury 650 also featured a new frame and swingarm, as well as a new front fork and brakes.
The Mercury 650 was designed as a more affordable alternative to the Norton Commando, which was Norton's flagship model at the time. It was marketed as a more touring-oriented motorcycle, with a more upright riding position and a larger fuel tank than the Commando.
Despite its lower price point, the Mercury 650 was well-regarded for its handling and performance. It was popular with riders who wanted a fast and reliable motorcycle that could handle long distances. However, it was eventually overshadowed by the Commando, which became Norton's most successful model.
Norton ceased production of the Mercury 650 in the early 1970s, and today it is considered a classic motorcycle by many collectors and enthusiasts.
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