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Claimed 80hp @ 6,500rpm, 66ft/lb @ 5,200rpm (at crankshaft)

Top speed: (test)

Engine type: air/oil-cooled OHV parallel twin


Weight: 414lb

Norton Triumph Prototype

MPG: 40-50 (est.)

now: £12,745 ($20,112 as of

As retro becomes ever chic, looking in the rearview at our Britbike yesterdays has become commonplace these days — Triumph Bonneville or Scrambler, any Enfield Bullet, the eight-valve duo just unveiled at the 2011 Revival in England, and especially the Commando 961.

And at Norton’s Donington Park owner Stuart Garner’s men are ramping up production of this new of the classic Norton Commando England’s business secretary, Cable, unlocked the key to the money enabling bank loans for to scale up manufacture of a bike eagerly sought by enthusiasts of The Way It Was all the world.

Just how was it?

A key element for modern of much-loved models of days by is how faithfully they recapture the as well as the looks, of the original. been a no-brainer with the Enfield Bullet, essentially a development of the original, whether in Redditch, England, or Madras,

But Triumph’s twin-cam multi-valve owes little to its pushrod 1960s namesake that more than 50 years other than its overall and clever John Mockett So in applauding the creation of the new Norton 961, how much are today’s for such a bike being by the undoubtedly spot-on styling by American Commando specialist Dreer, who created the prototype in his workshop before Norton was by Garner? How closely does today’s two-valve air/oil-cooled

pushrod parallel twin — its 270-degree let’s-pretend-I’m-a-V-twin crankshaft — to the 1970s original of identical but with a traditional two-up crank format? MC

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Norton Triumph Prototype
Norton Triumph Prototype
Norton Triumph Prototype
Norton Triumph Prototype

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