Norton Commando 961 Café Racer | First Ride

Comeback commando

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Kyoichi Nakamura

Kenny Dreer's modern Commando concept, updated with fuel injection and more than 100 other material upgrades and improvements.

Ducati GT1000, Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic, Triumph Thruxton.


Price $20,300
Engine type a-c parallel-twin
Valve train OHV, 4v
Displacement 961cc
Bore x stroke 88.0 x 79.0mm
Compression 10.1:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 80 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel double cradle
Front suspension 41mm Ohlins fork, with adjustable
Rear suspension Dual Ohlins shocks with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier
Rake/trail 24.5º/4.0 in.
Seat height 32.0 in.
Wheelbase 55.9 in.
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal.
Claimed dry weight 414 lbs.
Color Black, red, yellow, silver
Available 2011
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Norton Motorcycles Ltd.
Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP
United Kingdom

Verdict 3.5 stars out of 5
An evocative combination of style, quality and performance previously unknown in the nouveau-retro category.

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