Norton Returns to U.S. Market

Nov 19, 2013 View Comments by

Norton Returns to U.S. MarketIt’s been 30 years since the New World has seen a brand-new Norton motorcycle, but the long wait is over. Norton Commando Sport, Commando Sport Café Racer, and Commando Sport Factory models are now arriving at U.S. dealerships in small numbers (only 10-20 at a time). The reason for these small shipments is that each Norton is built from start to finish by two technicians in Norton’s Hastings House factory, which is situated close to the Donington Grand Prix track in Leicestershire, England.

The three Commando models are based around a 961cc air/oil cooled parallel twin engine making around 80 horsepower and 59 pound feet of torque. They feature a steel tube frame, five-speed transmission, and high-end Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes. Right now, the bikes are only legal in 49 states with special California models on the way.

If you want one, however, you’re still going to have to wait as Norton is scrambling to fulfill preorders. Having received many more requests than they expected, Norton forecasts that it will be well into spring before their present backlog of orders are delivered. As such, they have been focusing on cranking out bikes, not establishing U.S. dealers. Stuart Garner, Norton’s owner, says, “We are cautious to add dealers and frustrate more future owners with long wait times when it will be months before we can fulfill current demand. However, we will expand the dealer network as production allows, and we maintain a long list of U.S. dealers nationwide seeking to add Norton to their offerings.”

We’re just glad they’re here.

For more info and full specs go to: www.nortonmotorcycles.com

 

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