Norton Commando 961 Preview
Under the new Kinetic-Norton joint venture, Kinetic MotoRoyale will be assembling and selling Norton motorcycles in India, beginning late 2018. One of the first Norton motorcycles to be sold under the new joint venture will be the Norton Commando. The Norton Commando is not an all-new name though. Like most British motorcycle manufacturers, the first Norton Commando was in production from 1967 till 1977 and was powered by a 750 cc parallel-twin engine, made by the Norton Motorcycle company. Current Norton Motorcycle CEO Stuart Garner, formed a new company, Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd and established a factory at Donington Park, Leicstershire, UK in 2008. The first new Norton Commando was launched in 2010.
British motorcycle brand Norton will be making its India debut next year in a tie-up with Kinetic. The iconic manufacturer plans to bring two new bikes to the country, one of which will be the Commando and will be initially brought as a Completely Built Unit (CBU). The retro styled offering will be available in two versions - Commando 961 Sport and Commando 961 Cafe Racer. Both the versions use the same 961 cc, parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crank, which makes 79 bhp and 90 Nm of peak torque. The five-speed gearbox is a separate unit from the crankcase. The Commando borrows its styling cues from the 1960s Norton Commando but with sophisticated cycle parts including Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes. Pricing on the Norton Commando 961 is expected to be at a slight premium, around Rs 15 lakh (Ex-showroom).