The British motorcycle company Norton Motorcycles will soon launch its first bike Commando 961 in the Indian market. Norton Motorcycles had its entry in India last year. In India, Norton is partnering with the Kinetic Group to market their bikes. Kinetic Group’s multi-brand Motoroyale not only works with Norton but also retail MV Agusta and SWM motorcycle. The booking of the Norton Commando 961 has started on the Kinetic and Norton dealerships across the country and you have to give up to 2 lakh token amount to book this bike. Some dealers are demanding half the price of the bike from customers as advances. When the Norton Commando 961 will be launched in India, its exorbitant price is estimated at 23.40 lakhs.
Norton Motorcycle has made the Commando 961 available internationally in two variants – sport and café racers. Both variants of the Norton Commando will be assembled and sold in India by late 2018. The company has built this modern classic bike inspired by the 1960s bike, but the bike’s new engine gives it a great performance. Norton Commando 961 has an air-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine 961cc. This engine is a 270-degree crank, which has the capacity to generate 79 bhp power and 90 Nm peak torque. The engine gets new die-cast cases, head and cylinder, with Nikasil, bore plating inside the cylinder.
Norton has equipped the bike engine with a 5-speed gearbox. Commando 961 gets Ohlins USD forks at the front and twin Ohlins shocks at the rear for suspension. While the braking is done through the Brembo-sourced callipers. At the initial stage, the bike will be imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) in India. But Norton says that by the end of this year the assembling of the bike will be started in India. It is believed that the delivery of this bike will start from June 2018 and in India, it will be competing with Ducati Monster 1200 S, BMW R9T, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR, Triumph Thruxton R.