Norton Commando 961 SE (2009-current) Car news, reviews and auto…

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Norton Commando 961 SE

Motorcycles / Norton Commando 961 SE (2009-current)

Revived Norton�s new Commando 961 SE is a �feel good� bike par excellence. It gives riding and owning pleasure by the skip-load and is a machine you�ll park up and spend hours admiring in the garage with a cuppa.

Yes, in this full-bling, limited edition, -16K, SE trim, the 961 is arguably more ornament than transport, but that�s�s arguably irrelevent now this version has sold out (but it bodes well for the future, cheaper Caf- Racer and Sport) and, besides, I can�t think of any bikes that fulfils both roles so well.


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Although a beautiful lump of metal, this is NOT the best bit. That�s not a major criticism.

We rode the first production machine which is something of a development bike so there was bound to be a few teething troubles, most notably a flat-spot around 5000rpm. Even so there�s plenty to commend.

The Norton has plenty of low-down grunt from around 2000rpm, snicks though its gears happily enough and emits a quite addictive bark.

Eighty horses, or somewhere between a Bonnie and a Monster, feels about right and is enough to have fun with.

Ride and Handling

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The Norton Commando 961�s chassis is simply �there�: Neutral-feeling yet with enough sporting prowess to have fun and scratch with; light, slim and sharp-steering flickable, plus, of course, incontrovertibly good suspension and brakes.

I doubt it needed any adjustment. If it did, it�s all there, available.


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As a straightforward, old style roadster, the Norton Commando 961 SE is fairly basic in terms of equipment � there�s obviously no luggage, fairing and so on.

But what it has is top-notch. Brakes, suspension, wheels, switchgear, instruments are all among the best there is, as befitting a �Special Edition� model � and it�s price.

Quality and Reliability

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It�s hand-built, in the UK, using some of the best components available anywhere in the world so quality, on face value at least, is top drawer.

It�s still too early to say about reliability, although any doubts should be assuaged by Norton�s commitment to customer service and determination to correct any problems that might crop up.


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With the Norton Commando 961 SE more than most, value is difficult to assess objectively.

The cynics will argue that, on paper, the performance is hardly eart-shattering and it�s a fairly basic, unproven machine for your -16K.

On the other hand, it�s a mouth-watering return of a legendary name, an instant classic, beautifully specced and never likely to depreciate� Find a Norton Commando 961 for sale.


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