2014 NORTON COMMANDO 961 BACKGROUND
When the classic Commando went out of production in 1975, a battle over the rights to the name ensued. Ultimately UK business man Stuart Garner, who already owned Norton Racing Ltd acquired the rights to the Norton Commando brand. His new company, Norton Motorcycles Ltd, he commissioned Simon Skinner to design the new bike, and built a state-of-the-art factory in Donington Park, Leicestershire, England to produce them. It took until 2010 for the first production bikes to hit the market, at an initial rate of around 5 to 10 bikes per week. These, the first Norton Commandos in 30 years were available in three models: The 961 Sport, 961 Cafe Racer, and the 200-unit limited edition 961 SE.
Bore & Stroke
Steering head angle
Air-cooled, 4-stroke twin
961cc / 58.64 ci
88mm X 79mm / 3.50" X 3.10"
OHV, pushrod-actuated, 2 valves/cylinder
3 main bearing crank w/1 balancer shaft
Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
3-way catalytic converter
80 hp @ 7700 rpm
80 lb/ft @ 6000 rpm
Multi-plate, wet; hydraulically-actuated
5-speed constant mesh, left-foot shift
525 O-ring Chain
Steel tube, full-perimeter w/oil-in-frame
1420mm / 55.9"
813mm / 32.0"
17.0L / 4.49 US gal
3.30L / 3.5 US quarts
188.0 kg / 414.5 lbs
203.0 kg / 447.5 lbs
99.0mm / 3.9"
Ohlins USD, telescopic forks w/115mm travel
Swing arm w/2 Ohlins shocks, 110mm travel
2-320mm Brembo disks w/4-piston calipers
1-220mm Brembo disk w/2-piston caliper
Black/Gold; Red/Gold; Silver