Harry Leahey

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Norton Motorcycles have launched the next generation of its Commando 961 motorbike - the first to be built from its new multi-million pound Solihull-based factory in the West Midlands. 


The new motorcycle comes in two variants: SP and CR, and is said to feel equally at home riding around town as it is on the open road.


The differences between the two can be found along the front profile. Whilst the SP features conventional upright handlebars, the CR instead goes for lower-profile ‘clip on’ style bars, though both are made from solid aluminium. 


Both the SP and the CR are powered by an air-oil-cooled 961cc parallel twin engine, which delivers 76.8bhp and 81Nm of torque -  paired to a five-speed transmission.


Up front are 43mm Öhlins USD forks – adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping, meanwhile at the rear is a Ohins fully adjustable twin shock setup. 


As standard, both variants also come fitted with Brembo brakes, as well as a Norton electronic analogue speedometer and tachometer.


Both the SP and CR can be finished in either Matrix Black and Manx Platinum paint.


The Matrix Black finish is complimented by a Duke Gold Norton logo and pinstripe combination. The Manx Platinum version adds one further detail to the pinstripes with added red detailing.


Both colour options are paired with polished aluminium rims, while the SP in Matrix Balck can also come sporting black rims. 


The duo are also said to feature a hand-polished engine cover and exhaust system. 


Norton Motorcycles’ Chief Executive Officer Dr Robert Hentschel said: “The Commando name is iconic and is unmistakably Norton. Our new generation Commando 961 SP and CR pay respect to timeless design whilst harnessing a modern flare. We’ve built a motorcycle that is unique and beautiful.


“At our state-of-the-art facility in Solihull, and thanks to the £100-million investment from TVS Motor, we have hand-crafted a motorcycle that is befitting of the new Norton brand and one that marks yet another significant milestone in our journey.”


Pricing begins at £16,499 for the SP and £16,999 for the CR, and customers can register their interest from Norton Motorcycles’ website.

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Harry Leahey 14/10/22