THE BRITISH ICON REDEFINED
TWO STYLES, SAME PURPOSE
The Commando 961 is the ultimate modern classic because it combines what we all want; timeless looks, unquestionable performance and a soundtrack rescued from a bygone era. But at Norton we know that not all motorcyclists are the same, which is why we have the 961 Sport and the 961 Café Racer.
Norton Commando 961 Café Racer
The Café Racer is the ideal combination of speed and style – a modern reincarnation of the dizzying machines favoured by the Ton Up Boys. It’s clip-on handlebars pull you in close to the action, where the roar of the engine fills your ears and all the matters is where you’re going and how quickly you’re getting there.
Norton Commando 961 Sport
The Sport, on the other hand, comes with flat handlebars that favour an upright riding position for riders who have a little more time to spend in the saddle. Made for those for whom the journey is more important than the destination and the ride takes as long as it needs.
Deserving of the Norton name
Cake, meet the cherry
Norton air-oil-cooled pushrod parallel twin with dry sump lubrication
Bore & stroke
88mm x 79mm
Crank-fired, electronic fuel injection
81Nm @ 6300rpm
Carbon front mudguard
Colour-matched seat cowl (Aftersales)
Frame is hand TIG and MIG welded at Norton HQ
Handlebars – Sport
Black anodised tapered high bars
Handlebars – Café Racer
High-grade anodised billet aluminium clip-ons
Full stainless steel exhaust system with multiple 3-way catalytic converter
5-speed constant mesh type
525 O-ring chain
Full Brembo system – twin Brembo 320mm fully-floating high carbon steel discs and Brembo 4-piston Mono Bloc radially mounted calipers with ABS, and Brembo front brake master cylinder
Full Brembo system – Brembo 240mm disc and 2-piston caliper with ABS, and Brembo rear brake master cylinder
43mm Öhlins upside-down forks – adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping
Öhlins twin shocks with remote reservoir – fully adjustable
36-spoke, 3.5″ x 17″ polished aluminium rim
40-spoke, 5.5″ x 17″ polished aluminium rim
Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300, 120/70ZR17
Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300, 180/55ZR17
Polished stainless-steel single headlamp
Norton analogue speedometer and tachometer
With polished rims or black rims
With polished rims or black rims
The products presented on this website are subject to regional applicability and the final specification can change.
Standard Commando 961 SP
Standard Commando 961 CR
We offer two pinstriping options, which are hand applied to the tank and side panels. On the Manx Platinum paintwork, we offer a twin black and red pair of stripes, that loop the full tank. On the Black paintwork, we offer a shorter single gold strip that tracks the shape of the knee cut-outs at the rear of the tank.
As standard, the Commando engine has a natural finish to the alloy in the engine. In the Corvid pack the crankcases, barrels and cylinder head have a black finish, with an extra run of machining on the barrel fins for a bit more pop!
The 961 engine cases come beautifully polished to a light sheen but we also offer see-your-face-in-it mirror polishing for the rocker cover, clutch cover, timing case cover and oil filter.
Embroidered seat cover
A colour matched cover for the pillion seat, with matching leather ‘bumstop’ and embroidered Norton logo.
As standard the Commando 961 comes with a carbon fibre front mudguard but with this pack, we really push the boat out adding a carbon fibre fly screen, rear hugger, chainguard and number plate holder.
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