As Norton motorcycles India entry is imminent, we put a glimpse on the Commando which is one of the debuters in India
The relentless entries of international bikemakers in the Indian market is an epitome of the countries growing inclination towards two wheels. One after the other, almost every bikemaker which is not present in India, is eyeing to drop down here and gain some fruitful results. One such motorcycle marque is Norton which is not just any other brand but a well-known and respected British bike company. Though it took a hiatus of a few years due to some constraints, the firm is all geared up to re-enter into the battle and India is one of its field of choice. Recently, Norton motorcycle company went into a tie-up with Motoroyale, a part of Kinetic Group, to build, sell and market its motorcycles in India and selected Asian markets.
Journalists have got to know the first pair of machines which Norton will be dropping down in India as debut. Among its various offerings, first entrants will be the Norton Commando and Dominator. We delved into the details of the Norton Commando and have found out that the motorcycle was incepted in the year 1967. Winning several awards, along with the prestigious ‘Machines of the Year’ title, the motorcycle became one of the most popular and loved machines around the world in the bygone days.
The Norton Commando went through various overhauls during its past journey, in terms of engine and cosmetics. Now, after the company restarted its operations in 2008, the bike has been overhauled and is now called as Norton Commando MKII. It is powered by a 961cc, oil-cooled, parallel twin engine that puts out 80 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque. It is split into two variants which includes Commando Cafe Racer and Commando Sport which are retro-classic motorcycles in their purest form. The former is, as the name suggests, a cafe racer and the latter is a classic commuter street bike. The unique quality of Norton motorcycles is that they are hand-crafted making them special and stand out of today’s machine-built bikes.
Look-wise, the Commando Sport and Cafe Racer are majorly similar along with slight distinctive elements which make them differ. The Sport variant boasts of pretty simple street fighter look with elements such as long and comfortable seat, single unit handlebar (perhaps easy to reach) and round headlamp with two pod analogue cluster on top. On the other hand, the Cafe Racer variant incorporates a tiny visor above the headlamp to go with its genre. And, the combination of the clip-on handlebar and short seat give it a sporty and aggressive ergonomics. The rear cowl is also large as compared to the Sports version.
Other elements which are common and look stunner on both the motorcycles are the end-chiselled fuel tank, dazzling golden front suspension, a pair of chrome finished exhaust which are sleek and chunky wheels with spoked rims. All metal body panels are an epitome of its iconic and old times heritage. Other components doing duty on the bikes are twin analogue instrument cluster which conveys speed and RPM along with a tiny digital section for displaying some vital info. It also gets 300-watt charging socket and sadly, ABS is not available even as an option. Colours on offer will be red, silver, black, grey, white and green.
Norton motorcycles India entry is expected soon. Perhaps by the end of next year. However, whenever they come, the price tag could be presumed above Rs. 15 lakhs as initially, they will arrive as CBU. It’s been reported though that later Norton will start supplying them as CKD unit which will eventually make them more affordable.