British Motorcycle maker Norton unveiled Commando 961 at the Auto Expo 2018. The beastly cafe racer has been launched and bookings are made open starting today. Norton Commando 961 is a 961 CC beast in which every part will be handmade. Currently, all the bike will arrive in India through the CBU route.
British made Norton Commando 961 will enter the Indian markets this year by June. The bookings for the bike have started by Kinetic Motors, months before its official launch. Norton and Kinetic Motors entered into a joint venture last year to bring Norton bikes in India. Kinetic has started accepting booking amount of Rs 2 Lakh at their dealerships. Commando 961 is the first bike Norton bike in India and will be priced around Rs 23 Lakh (ex-showroom).
The bike comes with a steep pricing because each bike is handmade to every single little detail. Also, initially the bikes will be bought by CBU route until the Ahmednagar Production facility is set up. Once the production facility is set up, new dealerships will open and Norton bikes will be available in a lesser time period. Norton will exclusively sell its motorcycle through Kinetic-owned Moto Royale dealerships. The chain of dealerships also offers sales and service for MV Agusta motorcycles. The bike will be booked on a pre-order basis and will have a 90 day waiting period.
The Norton Commando 961 comes two versions globally – Sport and Cafe Racer; but it is the former that we will come to India first. The bike has a modern-classic design while having a modern and powerful engine. Commando 961 is powered by a 961 CC, air-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine that produces 79 bhp and 90 Nm of peak torque. The engine gets new die-cast cases, head and cylinder, with Nikasil, bore plating inside the cylinder and is paired with a 5-speed transmission.
The suspension system of the new Norton Commando is taken care of with the help of Ohlins inverted forks up front along with Ohlins twin spring gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Body panels of the bike are made of carbon-fibre, which requires extensive tooling.
The Norton Commando 961 will be competing against the Ducati Monster 1200 S, BMW R nineT, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR, Triumph Thruxton R and the likes in the segment. Triumph’s modern classic lineup, such as the Triumph Bonneville T120 and the Thruxton 1200 are cost lesser than Commando 961 by nearly Rs 13 Lakh.
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