New Norton 961 fastback

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by chasbmw, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    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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  2. CaptainCrunch

    CaptainCrunch Been here awhile

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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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  3. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    in production, though small numbers, first exports to canada have arrived US next.
    http://nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/Norton Commando 961SE/#.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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    Velocipede Been here awhile

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  5. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    That seems to be the norton legacy,race then finish the bike.
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  6. JerryH

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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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  7. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    To fully restore and up grade your Commando will cost $29K at Colorado Norton Works.
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  8. R85/8

    R85/8 Been here awhile

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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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  9. chasbmw

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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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