Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

After a very long gestation period, many announcements and so many rejected hopes, the new Norton 961 Commando finally seems to be becoming a reality. Since 1999 that the commando project is in development, the beautiful Englishwoman has had time to be desired beyond impatience; especially when you have a famous name. Is there the spirit of the famous mid-20th century Manx and 70s commandos? ?

In style, there is no doubt. A real café-racer as we like them, typical of vintage, contrasting with noble and modern elements. Like Triumph’s Bonneville, this model seems to have stood the test of time, scratching its mechanical innards on its journey to leave the time of today to refine its rebirth..

Here, no radial calipers, powerful 4 cylinders or carbon chassis. The 961 commando plays nostalgia but not grandma. The Englishwoman is on her guard, ready to slap while being charming. The telehydraulic fork could not be more classic in its definition, except that the Norton is dressed in very nice arms Öhlins, as well as 2 rear shock absorbers from the same manufacturer. A very inspired touch of class on this black dress.

The engine had to be dignified. Would you have imagined an ultra-nervous 4-legged, a flexible 6-cylinder or a single hitter on this machine? NO, it needs a twin. And this one, it is not even on our roads yet that it already has liabilities. Born in 880 cm3, the parallel twin with 2 valves per cylinder will remain in this volume for 5 years before evolving in 2004 to 952 cm3. As time goes by, capitals and signatures change hands, and finally, the mill has flickered up to 961cc. Nostalgic too, the cooling renews his confidence in the fins and eddies of Aeolus. The fleet and the radiators, we’ll see later, much later.

The result is 80 English horses, a more than nice torque exceeding 9 mkg, and a sacred character and a noise to turn you back a few shoulder blades.
Finally on the road, but the wait will have been long; the first commandos did not arrive in France until the end of 2011. Considering the legendary aspect and the saga of this return, the 961 commando is not at a very affordable price. Especially with the signature Öhlins for the suspensions, Brembo at the brake station and carbon wheels.

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    Max speed:
    about 200 km / h

The technical aspect

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

  • Frame
  • Tank: 17 liters
  • Wheelbase: 1,420 mm
  • Dry weight: 188 kg
  • Train before

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

  • Transmission
  • Secondary chain transmission
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 961 cc
    (88 x 79 mm mm)
  • 80
    at 6500 rpm
  • 9.20 mkg
    at 5,200 rpm

Detached pieces


chain kit



Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

Norton 961 Commando SE 2013

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