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Norton 961 Commando SE to land in the U.S. by April [w/video]
Autoblog ^ | Feb 16th 2011 | Zach Bowman

Posted on 02/16/2011 5:37:31 PM PST by Josh Painter

Norton fiends can now officially rejoice – the resurrected bike maker's wares will finally be available here in the U.S. starting in either April or May. The final date depends on whether or not the 961 Commando can swim through EPA testing, though the company is confident that there shouldn't be any issues. A whopping total of 200 limited edition 961 Commando SE models have been built, and of the 50 allotted for U.S. sale, only a handful were still available as of yesterday. Every last one of the UK's batch were spoken for. Buyers can opt between a wire-wheeled version for around $17,999 or a carbon-fiber wheeled iteration for $19,499.

The best part? Those are the discount models.

Norton plans to introduce a Sport model at $19,500, but prices top out at $22,000 for the company's Café Racer. Like the Commando SE, those bikes are slated to land in our neck of the woods as early as April.

According to Motorcycle Classics, Norton is currently working to establish a dealer network in the land of the free. Former Ducati North America CEO Dan Van Epps was recently hired to helm Norton Motorcycles USA, and there's word that Norton wants to have a presence in 50 of America's top population centers. Here's hoping they plan on introducing a more sanely-priced model for the rest of us plebes, too. Hit the jump to check out the 961 Commando SE introduction video.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: motorcycles; norton; uk
Norton 861
1 posted on 02/16/2011 5:37:37 PM PST by Josh Painter
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To: Josh Painter

Young organ donors cannot wait.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 5:38:54 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Josh Painter

22k?
They’re crazy.


3 posted on 02/16/2011 5:40:37 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Josh Painter
The Norton Commando was the last twin piston-engined motorcycle produced by the Norton Motorcycle company. Their last production bikes used a twin-rotor Wankel engine.

During the ten years it was in production it was popular all over the world. In the United Kingdom it won the MCN "Machine of the Year" competition for five successive years from 1968-1972.[1]

Some regard it as the British Motorcycle Industry's swansong, selling well from its introduction in 1967 through the end of the British bike industry as a commercial concern in the mid 1970s.[2]

 
more....
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_Commando
 
Awesome bike. When my older brother got of the the service in '72, he had on of these...
 

 

(bike - not the girl)
 
That thing ate Honda 750's for lunch.


4 posted on 02/16/2011 5:43:10 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Josh Painter

The wheels and brake set-up says 2011,the engine and transmission case says 1947.


5 posted on 02/16/2011 5:43:32 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Josh Painter
Is the foot shifter ever going to be more than a passing fad? I figure the Indian could make a comeback.

/johnny

6 posted on 02/16/2011 5:46:39 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TherealMr.B

British iron ping.


7 posted on 02/16/2011 5:51:20 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Josh Painter

Now bring back the Royal Enfield Trident


8 posted on 02/16/2011 5:52:20 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think I still have some Cycle World magazines in the basement with these ads. The Norton Commando was a great bike.


9 posted on 02/16/2011 5:52:27 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: mylife

Wonder if the new ones will be as unreliable at most other British donorcycles.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 will run rings around it for $14K


10 posted on 02/16/2011 5:54:15 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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Royal Enfield Trident Interceptor
11 posted on 02/16/2011 5:54:20 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Josh Painter
$18,000 will get you a really nice touring bike........If this bike is marketed for the crotch rocket crowd it ain't gonna sell..........

With the "whopping 200" being sold already in the UK, I suspect they're nothing but rich collectors gambling on the failure of this ugly thing........

12 posted on 02/16/2011 5:55:14 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Josh Painter
A great bike....


13 posted on 02/16/2011 5:56:06 PM PST by jessduntno ("That 3 a.m. phone call from Egypt to Obama went right to the answering machine." - Sarah Palin)
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To: mylife

Not so crazy. They’ve got people waiting in line with the cash in their hands. Now if you want to call the buyers who have put down deposits crazy, you might have more of a case.
But an MV Agusta F4 is $18,500, and a BMW K1600 is $21,000.

- JP


14 posted on 02/16/2011 5:57:28 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: Ouderkirk

I love old bikes but you are right.


15 posted on 02/16/2011 5:57:39 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: mylife

The royal Enfied is still being made in India. But why are we talking these girlie wimp bikes? Where is the Vincent Black Shadow?


16 posted on 02/16/2011 5:59:09 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (With a friend like Obama, a country needs no enemies.)
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To: Josh Painter

Its crazy to me.
I could get a lot of truck for the same price.


17 posted on 02/16/2011 5:59:33 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Kenny Bunk

My brother has 3 of the Indian Enfields, the biggest they make is the 500cc bullet.

Thats fine for Indian roads but NFG for our roads


18 posted on 02/16/2011 6:02:27 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’s not aimed at the touring crowd, the cruiser crowd or the crotch rocketeers. There are thousands of retro bike lovers out there with the money who really like the idea of a street bike that looks like a street bike and not something out of a sci-fi movie.

Oh, and although the engine looks like the original and still uses pushrods, it has two valves per cylinder, fuel injection and a balance shaft. 75 hp for a 415 pound bike isn’t going to challenge any crotch rockets, but should be sufficient to keep the rider entertained. Especially if the handling lives up to the Norton name, and according to rider reports, it does.

- JP


19 posted on 02/16/2011 6:10:22 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: Josh Painter
Anyone for an Ariel square four?


20 posted on 02/16/2011 6:17:02 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Josh Painter

Ahhhh, my 1967 P-11A (that I paid, I believe, about $1,400)that I sold before I enlisted in ‘68. Always loved that bike. Then I found it again in 1979 in Lake Elsinore. Bought it back for $900. Kept it until 2000 when I decided to keep one bike...my ‘98 Ducati Monster.

I had been riding the Norton forever. The first time I got on the Duck, with modern brakes, and grabbed a handful of front brake, it felt as though I was going to ground loop the thing.

363 pounds, probably 70BHP with the mods, it’d go like hell, corner reasonably considering the tire technology of the day, and run out of brakes after a hard stop or two.

Still, I loved it.


21 posted on 02/16/2011 6:21:12 PM PST by x1stcav (Obama: The Mistake of '08.)
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To: Farmer Dean

Yesterdays technology at tomorrows prices. But that’s not always a bad thing.


22 posted on 02/16/2011 6:23:28 PM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Very nice!


23 posted on 02/16/2011 6:29:17 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I had a lot of fun on Nortons. They could haul ass up So. Calif.’s Ortega Highway, BUT, none of them could ever beat my ‘69 CB-750 (pre-K, sand cast cases, four-piper.)(Mach IV Kaw 750 triples? that’s another story.)

Oldplayer


24 posted on 02/16/2011 6:52:30 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: mylife

I know what you mean. I quit riding about six years ago, not long after my KZ1100 Spectre was stolen. Stupid kid that ripped it off tried running from the cops on a gravel road and laid it down at over 70 mph. Totalled it. It was in cherry condition, too. Looked identical to the one in this YouTube with about the same number of miles on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABwfILIvlrA

I loved that bike. Also had a Honda 1100 Shadow Sabre that I enjoyed riding. But that was then. Now I want a truck.

- JP


25 posted on 02/16/2011 6:53:26 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: oldplayer

I used to buy old bikes, fix them up and sell them. Never made a lot of money, but had a lot fun riding some sweet bikes. I specialized in Honda 750 Fours - had a garage full of them at one time. The pick of the litter was a K2 in perfect condition with less than 2,000 miles on it. Had a 500 Four in the same condition, too.

I also specialized in the Kaw KZ1000 and had several of them. Strangest bike I had though, was a KZ1300 with a 6-cylinder engine. It was a pig through the corners, but on a long straight road, it was a real kick in the butt.

- JP


26 posted on 02/16/2011 7:01:10 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: Josh Painter

I’d hate to see the kid!


27 posted on 02/16/2011 7:10:33 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Had one of the Commandos from a year or two earlier, bought in 1971. Drum front brake. Sounded great, when you could start it. Oil leak kept the points liberally lubed, had to be swabbed dry every few rides.

Had bought it after crashing a 750 Honda. Sold it after a few weeks of the oiled points syndrome and bought another Honda. That bike took me thousands of trouble free miles......

28 posted on 02/16/2011 7:33:18 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Kenny Bunk

Right here:

http://robocat.users.btopenworld.com/vincent.html


29 posted on 02/16/2011 9:12:17 PM PST by Pelham (Off With Their Heads- a Religion of Peace thought for today)
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To: mylife

O that slow googly is welly welly bad news. I was planning on buying one to commute to my job at the Mumbai Help Desk Company.


30 posted on 02/16/2011 9:22:43 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (With a friend like Obama, a country needs no enemies.)
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To: Pelham

GREAT LINK!!


31 posted on 02/16/2011 9:23:21 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (With a friend like Obama, a country needs no enemies.)
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To: mylife

22k...Throw in tax and insurance and your looking at $27,000..

What a joke..


32 posted on 02/16/2011 9:33:36 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

I love the bike, but not the price.


33 posted on 02/16/2011 9:35:05 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Kenny Bunk

LoL!


34 posted on 02/16/2011 9:35:58 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Josh Painter
Not so crazy. They’ve got people waiting in line

More like stupidity...There's a sucker born every minute.

35 posted on 02/16/2011 9:36:13 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

I could have bought a perfectly restored matchless with side car in 1985 for 1.35K


36 posted on 02/16/2011 9:47:24 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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37 posted on 02/16/2011 9:49:56 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: driftdiver

My donorcycle is faster ‘en your donorcycle.

‘75 850 mk111 norton commando if I could ever get the amals to synchronize.


38 posted on 02/16/2011 9:59:59 PM PST by Passport1
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