British motorcycle maker Norton Motorcycle announced its entry into India last year, and will soon introduce its first offering in the country - Commando 961. With the launch a few months away, Norton's Indian partner Kinetic Group has started accepting bookings for the Norton Commando 961 via its multi-brand Motoroyale dealerships. While certain dealers are accepting a token amount of ₹ 2 lakh, there are dealers who have asked for up to 50 per cent of the bike's price. The Norton Commando 961 is expected to carry a price tag of around ₹ 23.40 lakh (Ex-showroom) when launched.
The Norton Commando 961 is offered in two versions internationally - Sport and Cafe Racer; but it is the former that we will be getting first. The modern-classic offerings draw design inspiration from motorcycles of the 1960s while packing in a modern engine underneath. Power on the Commando 961 comes from a 961 cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crank that churns out 79 bhp and 90 Nm of peak torque. The engine gets new die-cast cases, head and cylinder, with Nikasil bore plating inside the cylinder, and is paired with a 5-speed transmission.
Deliveries for the Norton Commando 961 are expected to commence around June, 2018; while we expect the Commando 961 Cafe Racer to join the line-up in the second half of this year. The Norton Commando 961 will be competing against the Ducati Monster 1200 S, BMW R nineT, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR, Triumph Thruxton R and the likes in the segment.
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