a sports roadster and a cafe racer

Norton’s history is tumultuous, but TVS Motor appears to be on solid footing in restoring the British firm’s image. And for good reason: it is investing more than 100 million euros in its revival and building a new factory based in Solihull, England. If the Norton Atlas Nomad and Ranger 650 come out -ouch- from the catalog, the new V4SV is formalized and the new Norton Commando 961 is about to hit the road.

Norton Commando 961 SP and CR 2023: two versions to come

Unsurprisingly, the new Commando Sport (SP) and Café Racer (CR) are powered by an air- and oil-cooled 961cc inline-twin engine. It develops 76.8 hp at 7,250 rpm for 81 Nm at 6,300 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed wet-clutch gearbox.

Hand-welded, the new tubular steel frame is suspended by an adjustable 43mm inverted fork and twin Öhlins adjustable rear shocks. ABS braking is provided by Brembo, with a 4-piston caliper up front biting into two 320mm discs and a 2-piston caliper mounted on a 240mm disc at the rear. The wheelbase tops out at 1400mm and the weight shows 230kg when full of fuel.

The bike is adorned with a stainless steel exhaust line, carbon fender, seat cover, passenger seat (optional), and 17-inch aluminum wheels with Dunlop Sportmax GPR 300 tires. As for the colors, Norton offers a black or chrome decoration. for both models.

The first prices announced in the UK start at £16,499 or €18,900.

Norton Commando 961 SP and CR 2023: data sheet

Engine :

Inline twin, 4-stroke

air/oil cooling

2 valves per cylinder

961cc (88x79mm)

77 hp at 7,250 rpm

81Nm at 6300rpm

Part of the cycle:

Frame: tubular steel

Tank: 15 liters

Saddle height: 810mm

Wheelbase: 1400mm

Weight with full fuel: 230 kg

Öhlins Ø 43 mm fork, travel: 115 mm

Front wheel: 120 / 70 – 17

2 Öhlins rear side shock absorbers, displacement: 100 mm

Rear wheel: 180 / 55 – 17


Front axle: 2 discs Ø 320 mm, Brembo 4-piston monobloc calipers

Rear axle: 1 disc Ø 240 mm, 2-piston caliper


5-speed gearbox, secondary chain drive

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