Ever since India’s TVS bought iconic British bike model Norton in April, 2020, the corporate has been repairing its public picture. After protecting Norton primarily based within the U.Ok. and increasing its native workforce, TVS opened the agency’s Solihull headquarters and employed new high brass.
Most lately, we’ve seen Norton’s V4SV break cowl, however updates on the revived Commando 961 have been few and much between. Back in December, 2021, the corporate confirmed that it will make good on prospects’ Commando 961 deposits submitted in the course of the earlier administration. Norton reported that it will fulfill these pre-orders earlier than providing the mannequin to most people, and the brand new announcement suggests that point has come.
Of course, the Commando nameplate is synonymous with the British marque. While the unique Commando 750 and 850s date again to the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Commando 916 is a product of Stuart Garner’s reign. Despite the combined feelings tied to that period, the Commando moniker will at all times be tied to the model.
“I can’t imagine Norton not having a Commando in the lineup, so the big question is what should characterize a modern Commando and when we will bring it to market,” admitted Norton CEO John Russell.
Luckily, we received’t need to think about such a travesty due to Norton lately posting a “New Commando 961” announcement on the corporate web site. The touchdown web page is gentle on element and heavy on corpspeak, although, with descriptions like “stripped-back and sophisticated” and “the essence of modern luxury” constructing anticipation for the mannequin.
However, the model solely supported these lofty claims with two pictures. A shot of the brand new 961’s tail part confirms that it’s going to hold the normal café racer-styled cowl and built-in taillight. A view from the highest reveals a number of extra particulars, although.
Unlike the carbon fiber-clad rendition pictured in earlier advertising and marketing supplies, the most recent Commando favors a basic silver paint base with black and crimson pinstriping. The twin exhaust pipes align with earlier 961 iterations whereas the gold fork and twin shock reservoirs counsel that Ohlins suspenders will stay.
Those all in favour of receiving Commando 961 updates can register for e-mail notifications from Norton. It’s been an extended street to redemption for the British model, however a brand new Commando will definitely sign Norton’s much-awaited comeback.