TVS began with deliveries of the Norton Commando 961 Classic. Production of the 961 Classic began in May this year and the Midlands factory has a large manufacturing area with a total annual capacity of 8,000 motorcycles, as well as design studios, a engineering and a service center. Norton Motorcycles started accepting bookings for the Norton Commando 961 through its multi-brand Motoroyale dealerships in April this year for a token fee of Rs. 2,000,000. The Norton Commando 961 is expected to be priced at around Rs. 23.40 lakh (ex-showroom) at launch.
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The Norton Commando 961 is offered in two versions internationally – Sport and Cafe Racer; but it’s the first one we’ll get first. The modern-classic offering draws inspiration from the design of 1960s motorcycles while incorporating a modern engine underneath. Power for the Commando 961 comes from an air-cooled, fuel-injected 961cc parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crank that produces 79bhp and 90Nm of peak torque. The engine gets new die-cast crankcases, cylinder head and cylinder, with Nikasil bore plating inside the cylinder, and is mated to a five-speed transmission.
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Suspension duties are handled by Ohlins USD forks up front and twin Ohlins shocks in the rear, while braking performance comes from Brembo calipers. The model will initially be imported as a fully built unit (CBU) to India, while Norton said local assembly will take place later this year at the company’s Ahmednagar plant in Maharashtra.