• Make:
  • Norton
  • Model:
  • Commando 961 Cafu00c3u00a9 Racer
  • Year:
  • 2012

The Norton Commando 961 Café Racer is a British made bike in production since 2010. It has an air cooled parallel twin 961 cc engine. It has a top speed of 88 mph (142 km/h).

Photo credit: http://NortonMotorcycles.com

For the past 15 years in Oregon, USA, Americans owned the rights to built Norton bikes. The Commando never reached the production stage in America, due to lack of funding Norton closed in 2006. Now the iconic manufacturer is back in Britain. The Norton brand has now been secured by Stuart Garner, a UK businessman and new owner of Norton Racing Ltd. Garner plans to develop a new 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2) Norton factory at Donington Park, UK. The relaunched Norton line includes three new versions of the 961 Commando; the 961 SE, 961 Sport and 961 Café Racer.

The Café Racer has a short-stroke oversquare engine, with an 88 x 79mm bore and stroke. The engine is "semi-pre-unit", meaning that the 5-speed gearbox is a separate casting, but is bolted directly to the primary chain-case. The 961cc, pushrod parallel-twin is mounted in high carbon steel tubular duplex cradle frame, with its fabricated backbone doubling as its oil tank.

The front has inverted forks and twin disc brakes. Some styling is reminiscent of the original Norton Commando, especially the engine and gas tank.

This born again British bike, started with roots in the USA. It's solidly engineered, well-built and pleasant to ride. The appeal of this motorcycle what we have been accustomed to, and makes Triumph's Bonneville seem boring by comparison.

Norton Motorcycles on August 27, 2012 announced an important milestone with their ability to supply bikes to the North American and Canadian market upon the successful completion of the durability and emissions testing for its Commando 961 series of motorcycles. The Norton Commando 961 line including the café racer will be available soon for an approximate retail price of $20-25,000.

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