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Old 08-28-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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New Norton 961 fastback

This is a very nice rendition of the new Norton 961 in a Fastback style.

I could really go for one of those if Norton got their SH*T together

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:14 AM   #2
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I remember reading a few years back in Cycle World that New Norton was basically a done deal, then I never heard any more about it. What's been up since then?

Granted, I also remember a piece they did about streetlegal Brittens being right around the corner, possibly as part of a revived Indian, so I know about industry rumors, grain of salt, etc.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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in production, though small numbers, first exports to canada have arrived US next.
http://nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/N.../#.Uh4UlGSDSUY

they have some issues, the Kenny Dreer engine had to be extensively remodelled to make it suitable for production, and IMHO the company has spent too much time racing in the isle of Man (with Aprilla engined bikes) and lost quite a bit of goodwill due to people who have paid big deposits waiting too long to get their bikes.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:17 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=chasbmw;22200829

IMHO the company has spent too much time racing in the isle of Man (with Aprilla engined bikes) and lost quite a bit of goodwill due to people who have paid big deposits waiting too long to get their bikes.[/QUOTE]

As much as I love Nortons and the racing in the IOM I totally agree with Chas.The new Norton powers that be would have been better employed by keeping up to date and supplyng their cash customers until they were in a position to resume the competition side of their business like the Norton company of old,with British motors in a British bike.

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Old 09-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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That seems to be the norton legacy,race then finish the bike.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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I wish Norton had taken the same route as Triumph, rather than trying to go down the high dollar road. I would be interested in a slightly updated Norton Commando, and also a 500 single. But I would not be willing to pay $30,000+ for it. You can get a totally restored and upgraded original for a small fraction of that. I have considered a new T-100, but for about the same price I can get a totally restored and updated (modern carbs, electrics, cables that don't break, etc.) original '60s model.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:55 AM   #7
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I wish Norton had taken the same route as Triumph, rather than trying to go down the high dollar road. I would be interested in a slightly updated Norton Commando, and also a 500 single. But I would not be willing to pay $30,000+ for it. You can get a totally restored and upgraded original for a small fraction of that. I have considered a new T-100, but for about the same price I can get a totally restored and updated (modern carbs, electrics, cables that don't break, etc.) original '60s model.
To fully restore and up grade your Commando will cost $29K at Colorado Norton Works.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:46 AM   #8
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Beautiful looking bike.

But based on my previous experience with Nortons, does it work as a bike? I'm sure they will have decent handling etc, but could you jump on it and ride across the continent?
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:07 AM   #9
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The new norton is a new bike built with modern tools using modern materials and clearances. I see no reason why it should not be reliable, but it is probably too soon to tell.

I would guess that the CNW rework of the old Commando would also be much more reliable than the original bike as long as you don't spend all day at the red line.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #10
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The sage of Norton is certainly an interesting one. Here's the latest thing I can find on them.

http://rideapart.com/2013/05/stuart-...ortons-future/

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