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The RC588 was superceded by the RCW588 in 1989.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
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