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Norton to unveil revamped Commando 961 quickly | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The long-lasting nameplate, first launched in 1967, is ready to make a comeback.

British bikemaker Norton has revelead that the enduring Commando 961 will quickly be accessible to buy. The Commando has been a mainstay in Norton’s line-up ever since its introduction in 1967. Most lately, earlier than Norton discovered itself underneath TVS’ umbrella, the Commando sported a 961cc engine.

Norton Commando 961: {hardware}

When the Commando 961 was final on showroom flooring, it sported an air-cooled, pushrod actuated, 80hp, 88Nm, 961cc, two-valve head, parallel-twin engine. Mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the engine doesn’t sport essentially the most fashionable elements, and will probably be attention-grabbing to see how a lot has modified as soon as the bike goes on sale.

Within the case of the V4SV, the bike was considerably re-engineered to deal with severe points with the product earlier than the TVS-owned firm was prepared to place it again on sale. Whether or not the Commando 961 additionally receives an identical therapy stays to be seen.

Suspension and brakes, nevertheless, are something however dated, with the previous utilizing Ohlins elements and the latter utilizing Brembo. There have been two flavours accessible when the Commando 961 was final bought – the Sport and the Cafe Racer. The Sport received right-way up forks and axially-mounted calipers, whereas the Cafe Racer sported a USD fork and radially-mounted calipers. Frequent to each had been twin shocks on the rear with a piggyback reservoir.

Norton Commando 961: historical past 

First launched in 1967 and sporting a 745cc engine, the Commando was accessible in newer, barely up to date variations 12 months after 12 months till 1973, when Norton introduced out the brand new 850 Commando sporting an 828cc engine. The recognition of this bigger Commando was such that the smaller model was discontinued quickly after. The 850 was bought till 1977, which is when Norton began encountering monetary hurdles, to not point out stiff competitors from Japanese producers.

Beneath the administration of earlier CEO, Stuart Garner, what we’ve got come to know because the Norton Commando 961 got here into being. The primary items of this mannequin had been produced in 2010 and so they continued to be in manufacturing comparatively unchanged till Norton encountered monetary issues once more in recent times.

Norton Commando 961: India launch

A few of you would possibly recall the ill-fated, erstwhile Motoroyale group that introduced in manufacturers comparable to MV Agusta, FB Mondial, SWM and, after all, Norton, to India. Since most bikes carried a hefty price ticket on account of them being CBUs, and in no small half as a consequence of shoddy administration, solely a miniscule variety of Norton Commandos had been bought. When it was final bought right here, the Commando carried a worth upwards of Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 

Since being taken over by TVS there was no official announcement about an India launch.

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