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    New Norton

    The commando is coming back, this thing looks awesome!


    Frame material: 4130 chromoly steel
    Swing arm: Formed Aluminum
    Oil capacity: oil-in-frame backbone tank holds 3.5 qts of oil
    Wheelbase: 56.5"
    Rake: 24.5 degrees
    Trail: 4 "
    Front suspension: 43mm Ohlins RSU - Adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping.
    Rear suspension: Ohlins reservoir-style twin shocks - Adjstable ride height, preload, compression, and rebound damping.
    Front wheel: 3.50 X 17" BST Carbon Fiber
    Rear wheel: 5.50 X 17" BST Carbon Fiber
    Front tire: 120/70 X 17" Michelin Pilot Power
    Rear tire: 180/55 X 17" Michelin Pilot Power
    Front wheel travel: 5.5"
    Rear wheel travel: 4.0"


    Front rotors: Brembo 320mm semi-floating hi carbon stainless steel
    Rear rotors: Brembo 220mm rear rotor
    Front calipers: Brembo 4 piston "Gold Line"
    Rear calipers: Brembo 2 piston "Gold Line"


    Engine type: Parallel twin with push-rod valve actuation, dry sump
    Displacement: 961 cc
    Cooling system: Air
    Valve Actuation: Push rod, hydraulic lifter, two valves per cylinder
    Bore x stroke: 88 mm X 79 mm
    Compression ratio: 10.1:1
    Horsepower: 80 rear wheel @ 6500RPM
    Torque: 65 foot pounds @ 5200RPM
    Exhaust:1 3/4" header system with merged collector and twin mufflers with catalytic converters.
    Ignition: Crank fired electronic
    Carburetors: Twin 39mm Keihin FCR


    Gearbox: 5 speed
    Final drive: 520 "O" ring chain
    Clutch: Cush drive clutch
    Primary drive: Direct gear drive


    Charging system: 300 watt hi-output charging system
    Instrumentation: Norton electronic analog speedo and tachometer w/dual trip meters


    Fuel tank capacity: 4.5 gallons
    Dry weight: 415lbs
    Seat height: 32"
    Oil capacity in frame: 3.5 quarts
    Gear case oil: 1.5 quarts
    Warranty: 2 year unlimited mileage
    Available colors: Black
    Specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Not bad at all... not diggin' the rear shocks though... draw too much attention to themselves. Look like an afterthought. The shape of the gauges reminds me of my 82 nighthawk.
    Any price to be found on it?


      As far as I know they did a special run of a couple hundred that are already sold for 19 something. Supposedly when the production models start they will range from 9 to 19.


        900-1900 WOW! I get one for that...


        Did u mean 9k-19k if so they can keep it!

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        91 Suzuki GSF400 Bandit (she's a runner now...)


          sounds like it would be a retro styled, modern handling bike.

          like that ducati (cant remember the model)

          i agree, the rear suspension is a dated style but it does fit the overall design of the bike.

          i wounder what it would sound like with some real pipes on it???

          if i ever get rid of my 51 maybe a used one would be something worth trying.
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            How ridiculously hot would that be with a monoshock?
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              If you like the classic designes check the following link . It holds tons of Royal Enfield's pictures . Don't know if these bikes have reached the USA and I very much doubt it .

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                Originally Posted by douglas.thompson
                How ridiculously hot would that be with a monoshock?
                That's what I was thinking... would look WAY better to me!



                  [quote="NT400"]If you like the classic designes check the following link . It holds tons of Royal Enfield's pictures . Don't know if these bikes have reached the USA and I very much doubt it .

                  We do have them here stateside! Pretty reasonably priced too.

                  As for the Norton- excellent execution on the engine, frame, seat, front end... but the shocks need a little something. Maybe for the frame to be out so they don't look like an after thought (maybe they were planning an underseat mono shock but the retro minded honchos said it must have twin shocks?) nice looking ride. Reminds me a bit of the harley engined cafe bike some company made in the uk- hrd it think it was.
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                    They've gone tits up so it's a moot point but it needs the dual shocks IMO-I like my retros sufficiently retro.


                      I'm into the cafe bike look but not the ride. I bet that thing would stick pretty good with the ohlins back there. I also like the way the Triumph Thruxton 900 looks and I've heard they can turn impressive lap times on a track. This norton just looks a lot more trick with the tank, tailpiece and namebrand suspension and brakes.


                        Yup. seems Kenny Dreer had a good thing going for years with Vintage Rebuilds, and his early re-engineered/restored originals are beautiful things. Then it looks like he over reached trying to bring an all new machine to market. The new engine lost the visual character of the original and must have cost massive amounts to develop. He did make a mono shock version, and it lost the thread even more to my eye. Looked too home brew.