Norton 961 SE Commando First Look

August 17, 2009
Ian Kerr
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2010 Norton 961 SE Commando
After failing to enter production during Norton’s US ownership, the 961 Commando looks to be finally making it to the public.

It now looks like September could see the first of the new Norton 961 SE Commandos rolling off the production line. Although very similar in appearance to the ‘Kenny Dreer’ machine, it has been totally re-engineered and now boasts fuel injection.

The motor remains a pushrod Parallel Twin and is expected to give 80-85 hp in its final form. The frame too remains as per the prototype, BST carbon fiber wheels, Ohlin’s forks and twin rear shocks; along with Brembo brakes also mirror the original. Only 200 of these new machines will be built, all coming with a numbered plaque, costing £15,995.

Stuart Garner and his team though are remaining tight lipped about future models, proffering to concentrate on fulfilling the orders for the new SE model and establish confidence that the historic brand is back as modern day manufacturer before promising further models!

Norton 961 SE Commando Specifications
2010 Norton 961 SE Commando
2010 Norton 961 SE Commando
Frame: Steel tubular cradle with integral oil tank
Swing arm: steel construction
Wheelbase: 1420mm (55.9 in)
Rake: 24.5 degrees
Trail: 99mm (3.9 in)
Front suspension: 43mm Ohlins RWU – Adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping.
Rear suspension: Ohlins reservoir-style twin shocks – Adjustable ride height, preload, compression, and rebound damping.
Front wheel: 3.50 X 17″ BST Carbon Fibre
Rear wheel: 5.50 X 17″ BST Carbon Fibre
Front tire: 120/70 X 17″
Rear tire: 180/55 X 17″
Front wheel travel: 115mm (4.53 in)
Rear wheel travel: 100mm (3.94)

Brembo 320mm semi-floating hi carbon stainless steel front discs
Brembo 220mm rear disc
Brembo 4 piston “Gold Line” axially mounted front callipers
Brembo 2 piston “Gold Line” rear calliper
Brembo “Gold line” front brake master cylinder
Brembo “Gold line” hydraulic clutch master cylinder
Brembo rear brake master cylinder
Brembo hydraulic clutch actuation slave cylinder

Engine type: Parallel twin with push-rod valve actuation, dry sump
Displacement: 961 cc
Cooling system: Air
Valve Actuation: Push rod, hydraulic lifter, two valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke: 88 mm X 79 mm
Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Power: 80PS @ 6500RPM
Torque: 90Nm @ 5200RPM
Exhaust:1 3/4″ header system with merged collector and twin silencers with catalytic converters.
Ignition: Crank fired electronic
Euro 3 compliant with electronic fuel injection and multiple 3 way catalytic converters

Front mudguard
Chain guard
Rear wheel hugger
Rear number plate hanger
Headlight mounting
Front wheel
Rear wheel

Gearbox: constant mesh 5 speed
Final drive: 525 “O” ring chain
Wet clutch
Electric start

Charging system: 300 watt hi-output charging system
Instrumentation: Norton electronic analogue speedo and tachometer with dual trip meters and ‘hidden until lit’ warning lights

Fuel tank capacity: 17l (4.5 US gallon)
Dry weight: 188kg (414.5 lbs)
Seat height: 813mm (32 in)
Billet machined upper yoke
Billet machined lower yoke
Tapered aluminium handle bars
Specifications are subject to change without notice.