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2018 Norton Commando 961 California

2018 Norton Commando 961 California

Marking the 50th anniversary of the ’Commando’ series of motorcycles

The original Norton Commando first saw the light of day all the way back in 1967. Production spanned ten continuous years, but the model slowly lost its steam. The Commando has since seen a number of attempted revivals, with several entities trying to capture some of the success of the original, with varying degrees of success.

For its 50th anniversary, the British maker has given it an update and launched the 2018 Commando 961 California. ‘The easy riding roadster’. It ditches all the darkness and adorns a timeless classic styling with chrome all-over reminiscent of the ‘70s American motorcycling.

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2017 - 2018 Norton V4 RR

2017 - 2018 Norton V4 RR

Developed At The World’s Toughest Race Track

British heavyweight Norton Motorcycles aimed to bring Isle of Man TT performance to the public, and it seems as though it has managed to do just that with the V4 RR. Superbike performance and dead-sexy curves are the hallmarks of this ride, and while that’s nothing new for Norton, there are plenty of details that set this ride apart from its usual fare. Carbon and Kevlar make an appearance with a 200-plus horsepower, V4 engine thrown into the mix for good measure, so yeah, this ain’t your run-of-the-mill race-tribute piece — it has bona fide competitive DNA in its design — but neither is it a racebike made street legal, but something in between.

Continue reading for my review of the Norton V4 RR.

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2016 - 2018 Norton Dominator

2016 - 2018 Norton Dominator

Street-Legal Version Of The Domiracer

The Dominator from Norton captures the look and feel of the limited-edition Domiracer, but with a more production-friendly and street-legal layout. Norton may have been a bit surprised at the pace at which the Domiracers got snapped up and at the high rate of conversion to street-legal status, but its response was right on target. Powered by an in-house-developed 961 cc parallel twin, the Dominator is quite expensive, but do you get a lot of bike for that dough?

Continue reading for my review of the Norton Dominator.

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This photo of Norton 16H bikes won the Underwater Photographer of the Year

This photo of Norton 16H bikes won the Underwater Photographer of the Year

The world’s most famous shipwreck: SS Thistlegorm

Unearthing shipwrecks is a pretty fascinating trade to always be in the hunt find some genuinely beguiling treasury, historical artifacts, clues to mysteries, and millions of ancient relics just like these World War II-era Norton 16H motorcycles found under the greatest shipwrecks in one of the most famous dive sites in the world.

This photo captured by Tobias Friedrich, a professional photographer from 2007, won the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 award at UPY London. Dozens of Nortons were found in their Watery Grave in a famous shipwreck of the British World War II SS Thistlegorm near the Sinai Peninsula of the Red Sea. The photo has been titled as the “Cycle War”.

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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Norton is working on a 650cc "Urban-tracker"

Norton is working on a 650cc "Urban-tracker"

First of a series of models powered by the same new parallel-twin engine

Originally a parts supplier since 1898, Norton only began making their own motorcycle from 1908. With a company making motorcycles for over a century now, has seen its boat sailing all the ups and downs. Luckily, it seems to be calm waters for now after stabilizing their investments and is making headways.

After getting a tremendous response to their new V4 superbike, the British company is now heading to add two models in the scrambler series that will run on their new in-house 650cc parallel-twin powerplant.

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Norton launched the new 2018 Commando 961 California

Norton launched the new 2018 Commando 961 California

Marking the 50th anniversary of the ’Commando’ series of motorcycles.

The original Norton Commando first saw the light of day all the way back in 1967. Production spanned ten continuous years but slowly lost its steam. The Commando has seen a number of attempted revivals, with several entities trying to capture some of the success of the original, with varying degrees of success.

For its 50th anniversary, the British maker has given it an update and launched the 2018 Commando 961 California. ‘The easy riding roadster’. It ditches all the darkness and adorns a timeless classic styling with chrome all-over reminiscent of the ‘70s American motorcycling.

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2015 - 2016 Norton Commando 961 MK II SF / Cafe Racer / Sport

2015 - 2016 Norton Commando 961 MK II SF / Cafe Racer / Sport

The original Norton Commando first saw the light of day all the way back in 1967. Production spanned ten years, and the Commando was crowned “Machine of the Year” by the U.K.-based Motor Cycle News for five consecutive years, starting with its sophomore year in ’68 and running through ’72. Since then, the Commando has seen a number of attempted revivals, with several entities trying to capture some of the success of the original, with varying degrees of success.

Norton Motorcycles re-introduces us to the Commando with the 961 MK II family that brings classic, British style and modern engineering together in what may be the best attempt to date. Let’s find out, shall we?

Continue reading for my review of the Norton Commando 961 SF MKII, Commando 961 Sport MKII, and Commando 961 Cafe Racer MKII.

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Octogenarian Planning To Take 6,000-Mile Trip To The 2015 International Norton Owners Association Rally

Octogenarian Planning To Take 6,000-Mile Trip To The 2015 International Norton Owners Association Rally

83-year old Gil Yarrow may be too old to do a lot of things, but riding motorcycles isn’t one of them. The octogenarian is as hardcore as they come when it comes to brandishing his love for all things two-wheeled and he’s going to prove as much when he embarks on a 6,000-mile round trip from his home in Vancouver, Canada to North Carolina just so he can attend the 2015 International Norton Owners Association Rally.

Mind you, Yarrow isn’t planning on flying to the Tar Heel State. He’s going to do it riding his trusty 1971 Norton Commando 750. As if that isn’t emasculating enough for us all, Yarrow’s entire itinerary actually covers a period of 21 straight days, 16 of which will be spent on the road travelling from Vancouver to North Carolina and back to Vancouver again.

This man is a titan in every sense of the word and yet, it’s par for the course for the man whose love for motorcycles has taken him to places most of us could ever dream of going to. For starters, he’s been on eight INOA events in his life, traveling to places as far as New York just to be a part of it. Oh, and according to Driving.ca, Yarrow participated in the Ironbutt Rally back in 2005, clocking in 11,000 miles in 11 days aboard his Yamaha FJR, doing all of that at the age of 73.

You’re going to meet some tough riders in the world, but chances are, there aren’t a lot of them that can match wits with Gil Yarrow.

Continue reading to read more about Gil Yarrow’s cross-country trip to join the 2015 INOA Rally.

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Norton Domiracer SS – first details

Norton Domiracer SS – first details

Not long ago, Norton has presented an interesting concept bike named the Domiracer. It featured a tasty retro look an intriguing exhaust and the distinctive flair of a classic bike.

Well, we have some good news for those who loved that concept, because Norton has recently announced that they will launch a production version of their Domiracer concept. Naturally, there will be some differences between the production version and the concept, but the company will struggle to keep these differences to a minimum level.

Like the Domiracer concept, the new Norton Dominator SS is mostly aimed for track use, but we are hoping that it will also be street legal, so we can expect it to feature a fairly sporty pedigree.

The new model will go by the name of Dominator SS and will be followed by a more serene version which will drop the sporty SS suffix. We will have the occasion to see the new model live in January 2015 at the Donington Hall in UK.

Stay tuned for more details.

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2013 Norton Commando 961 SF

2013 Norton Commando 961 SF

Meet the 2013 Norton Commando 961 SF (Sport Factory) – a new motorcycle that was presented at the NEC Motorcycle Live show.

The bike is technically a modified version of the standard Commando Sport and comes with a set of unique features that give a pretty distinctive character.

Among them you’ll find a new exhaust system, an optional seat, a carbon fibre fly screen, special chrome finished black race pipes, Ohlins forks and black chrome header pipes.

In terms of power the Commando 961 SF comes with the same engine as the standard Commando namely the 961 cc, parallel twin unit with hydraulic push-rod valve actuation, dry sump, 3 bearing crank, balancer shaft and cassette gear box.

The engine cranks out a maximum power of 80 PS at 6500 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Norton Commando 961 SF.

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2013 Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

2013 Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

After Stuart Garner has acquired the rights to move on the Norton name further, he started the revival of the brand with three old prototypes that were put on the paper almost 10 years ago.

However, to make its motorcycles more appealing to the public, Stuart Garner decided to make a few key upgrades to its old models. So, as far as technology is concerned the Norton Comando 961 Café Racer comes with fuel injection, a catalyst exhaust and secondary air injection which help it achieve Euro3 compliance. And the list doesn’t stop here as there were made a lot of other small and big improvements and modifications to bring the 10 year old motorcycle into the present.

Though, despite the comprehensive list of upgrades made to the Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer, one department remained mostly unchanged. We are talking about the motorcycle’s classy design language which is fairly good looking.

Hit the jump for more information on the Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer.

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