Good news for all us Yanks who lust after the reborn Norton 961 Commando: The Bike is roaring across the Atlantic as you read this and, with any luck, will be terrorizing U.S. roads in April or May.
Norton stopped making bikes ages ago, but the motorcycles were so popular that several companies built reproduction versions from new replica parts. Last year the real Norton rose from the grave and began spitting out hellish demon bikes in the form of the 961 Commando, a revised and wicked cycle with a thumping 961-cc 80-horsepower dry-sump parallel twin.
The bike has Brembo dual-rotor brakes, inverted forks, and muscular bodywork worthy of any street fighter.
Norton has only made 200 of the limited edition 961 Commando SE bikes. Fifty of them have been reserved for the U.S. market. And most of those have been sold already. Price? From $17,999 to $19,499, depending on options.
The company plans to bring the Sport and Cafe models (priced at $19,500 and $22,000, respectively) to the U.S. sometime later this year. Norton has said nothing about producing a motorcycle that normal people can afford.
If the price has you gasping for air, here’s a video of the bike in action so you can justify selling your kids to get one.