Imagine yourself cruising down the highways on elegant cafe racers. They carry on the old-school designs still now, which attracts the crowd. The British Motorcycle Norton Commando 961 might come to India in July. It will carry a price of Rs 23.40 Lakhs. Let’s see what the cafe racer offers at this high premium price.
Norton started off with the process of bike manufacturing in 1902. It produced cafe racers which were quite well known in the World War. Originally, a bike parts manufacturing company, it began its production process on a large scale since the 1960s. Since then, the British Motorcycle makers have created a name in the global market with its premium bike range. The one which is coming to India is the Norton Commando 961. Like Lamborghini, this bike gets its every part and fittings made by hands. Imagine the quality and authenticity of the cafe racer. It carries a 961cc engine that produces power worth 72 horses and 69 Nm of peak torque.
This bike is expected to come to India by July 2018 via the CBU route. In India, Norton has made a joint venture with Kinetic. The bookings for Norton Commando 961 have already begun at the Kinetic Motors dealerships for Rs 2 Lakhs. In the beginning, it will come as a completely built unit and if the response is good, Norton might set up a factory for production and manufacturing. The uber cool cafe racer is priced at Rs 23.40 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
Norton Commando 961 – Launch Date
|Launch Date||July 2018|
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. It is expected to be fully available by July 2018.
Norton Commando 961 – Price
|Price (ex-showroom)||Rs 23 Lakhs|
The cafe racer is priced around Rs 23 Lakh (ex-showroom). Currently, only 1 bike is available for sale and the bookings are open for checking the demand of the bike. The dealers are taking either Rs 2 Lakhs or half of the bike’s price as booking amounts.
Norton Commando 961 – Design
Like typical cafe racers, it gets a huge round headlight with a windscreen which houses the analogue meter. The fuel tank is just perfect and is carved beautifully. In the rear side of the bike, it gets an integrated tail light with old-school exhausts on both the sides of the bike. It also gets aluminium clip-on handlebars for upfront and sporty looks.
Norton Commando 961 – Engine
Fuel Injected Parallel Twin
961 CC Air Cooled
|Power||71.9 BHP @ 7500 RPM|
|Torque||67 Nm @ 6500 RPM|
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 71.9 BHP worth of power and 67 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.
Norton Commando 961 – Suspensions And Brakes
Ohlins inverted forks
Ohlins twin spring gas-charged shock absorbers
320mm twin-disc brakes and 4-piston Brembo caliper
220mm single disc unit with a 2-piston caliper
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. For braking, it gets 320mm twin-disc brakes and 4-piston caliper from Brembo at the front and a 220mm single disc unit with a 2-piston caliper at the rear.
Norton Commando 961 – Competition
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.
Norton Commando 961 – Overview
|Model||Norton Commando 961|
|Launch Date||July 2018|
|Price||Rs 23.40 Lakhs|
|Engine||961cc parallel twin|
|Features||Front Twin Disc Brakes, Fuel Injection, Double Exhausts|
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