This month our vintage motorcycle expert takes a look at the Norton Commando 961, a revamped design of Kenny Dreer’s original Commando. Check out the Commando in our Norton Commando 961 First Ride article.
- Our test Commando had been through some harsh mileage, yet the motor was still crisp and both the fuelling and engine mapping were ideal.
- Norton has built a strong performing street bike that not only looks the part, but will also outlast many of its competitors.
- The clutch on the Commando is hydraulically operated, which made for smooth and easy use.
- The Commando has a 961cc twin engine and, despite only being capable of 80 hp, the machine can easily reach speeds in excess of 100 mph.
- The Norton Commando 961 has better acceleration compared to its direct competitor - the Ducati Sport Classic.
- The Commando is extremely smooth thanks to 270 degree firing intervals in addition to a gear-driven balancer shaft.
- The Norton Commando has an aesthetic appeal that's only exceeded by its strong performance and superior design.
- One thing to look out for on the Commando 961 is the steering, which provides only 30 degrees of movement.
- One of the few items which are not of British design on the Commando are its shocks, which come from Ohlin.
- The tail section on the Commando is one area that really shows off the Commando's unique design.