This is the first model to be released since TVS took over Norton
Norton Motorcycles has officially taken the wraps off the new generation version of its Modern Classic, the Commando 961.
Built at the company’s facility in Solihull, the Commando 961 is a modern rendering of an iconic and timeless motorcycle that is unmistakably Norton.
Offered in two variants - the SP and the CR, both versions of the new Norton Commando 961 are powered by an air-oil-cooled 961cc parallel twin engine which develops 76.8 bhp @ 7,250rpm and 81 Nm @ 6,300rpm. The transmission is a five-speed constant mesh type, using a single plate wet clutch.
The Commando 961 utilises 43mm Öhlins USD forks at the front – adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
At the rear, the Commando runs a twin shock setup, again fully adjustable by Öhlins. The suspension is complemented by a Brembo brake setup, with radial mount calipers at the front coupled to a radial master cylinder.
Both variants come as standard with a Norton electronic analogue speedometer and tachometer, as well as a 300W high-output charging system.
The motorcycle’s hand-crafted frame and exhaust system, in combination with its signature forward angle engine mount, provides flowing lines and the quintessential hour-glass silhouette.
Available in two colour options - Matrix Black and Manx Platinum, the new Norton Commando 961 features delicately hand-painted Matrix Black finish which is complimented by a Duke Gold Norton logo and pinstripe combination.
The Manx Platinum version on the other hand adds one further detail to its Matrix Black pinstripes with a fine Mercury Red detailing.
Both options are paired with polished aluminium rims, and for those seeking a different look, the SP in Matrix Black is also available sporting black rims. To complete the vision, all versions have a hand-polished engine cover and exhaust system.
Where the SP and CR vary is in the classically styled front profile. The SP has conventional upright handlebars whereas the CR goes for a lower-profile ‘clip on’ style, with both made from high-grade, solid aluminium, accompanied by aerospace-grade billet-machined yokes.
The polished stainless steel single headlamps also differ between the two variants to add another nuance to the look of each motorcycle.
To ensure the highest standards were upheld, all Commando 961 Classics went through an extensive quality improvement programme thanks to the £100-million investment from the brand's new owners, TVS Motor.
Subsequently, these refinements have been implemented on the recently delivered Classic variants of the Commando, as well as playing a part in informing the development of the newly released Commando 961 SP and CR.
With deposit holder orders set to be fulfilled shortly and following the unveiling of the new generation 961 SP and CR, Norton Motorcycles can now continue its journey to creating the very best in British motorcycles.