The first 588cc rotary engined Norton race bike, used for development in 1987 and a few races in 88.

The RC588 was superceded by the RCW588 in 1989.

RC588 Technical Specification

Engine: Twin rotor air-cooled rotary

Displacement: 588cc

Compression ratio: 9.2:1

Carburation: Twin 34 / 36 mm amal smoothbores

Ignition: Norton "hall effect" triggered CDI

Gearbox: Five speed

Clutch: 20 plate wet

Power Output: 135 bhp at 9,500 rpm

Frame: Spondon twin spar aluminium

Suspension: White Power upside down forks, White Power single rear shock

Brakes: Twin Lockheed calipers and rear Spondon front discs, single  Brembo caliper and rear Spondon disc

Tyres: Dunlop radials

Weight: Less than 145 kgs