Brought into India via the CBU route, the Norton Commando Sport is priced at Rs 23.41 lakh (ex-showroom). Deliveries expected to begin in May
In November last year, Kinetic group announced that they will officially begin the sale of Norton Motorcycles in India. Just the way they do with the MV Agusta brand, Norton Motorcycles too will be sold via their Motoroyale chain of outlets. We have now got the news that the company has commenced the sale of the Norton Motorcycles with the Commando 961 Sport priced at Rs 23.41 lakh (ex-showroom). The motorcycle has been brought to our shores via the CBU route as of now. While Kinetic is in the process of setting up an assembly facility in India, it will only be able to roll out CKD models towards the end of the year.
While in the international market, the Commando is available in two different body styles – Café racer and Sport, in India, Norton has only brought in the Sport as of now. Both these motorcycles share the same underpinnings though. At the heart, the Norton Sport has been fitted with an air-cooled 961cc parallel-twin motor that makes 79bhp and 90Nm. This engine comes paired with a 5-speed transmission. Norton has equipped the Commando well including two 320mm 4-piston front discs and a 240mm 2-piston setup at the back – both sourced from Brembo. A dual-channel ABS is offered as standard. To cushion the undulations of the road, Norton has fitted the Commando Sport with 43mm Ohlins USDs up front and Ohlins twin shocks at the back.
In terms of design, the Norton Commando 961 Sport looks absolutely stunning. From the round headlight, curvaceous body to the spoke wheels and the dual exhaust pipes, the Norton Commando Sport nails the retro-modern appeal.
When Kinetic announced their joint venture with Norton Motorcycles, the company announced their aim to bring in the Commando as well as the Dominator to India. There is still no confirmation about when the Dominator will be launched in India but we expect it to be launched after CKD operations commence.