The Norton Motorcycle Company is a much revered British motorcycle brand that was founded by James Landowne Norton in 1898. The first-ever Norton motorcycle went on sale soon after the beginning of last century. Initially, Norton used Swiss and French engines for its two-wheeler. In 1908, the company came up with the first motorcycle with an ingeniously-developed engine. Kinetic Engineering will soon become responsible for bringing the Dominator and the Norton Commando to India, will launch in coming months. We also hope to see these bikes at the Auto Expo 2018.
These bikes will initially be imported as completely built units (CBU). However, the company plans to start local assembly from completely knocked down (CKD) kits in the future.
Dominator and Commando
Both the Dominator and Commando share the same 961 cc, air/oil-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine with pushrod type valve actuation. The unit produces 79 BHP @ 6,500 rpm and 90Nm of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed transmission.
The Dominator employs a truly unique build with the use of modern exotic carbon fiber and other materials while maintaining an air of old-school charm with its classic cafe racer styling. It is priced at around $ 29,000 (Rs 18.85 lakh approx).
The Commando meanwhile, uses the same engine as the Dominator, but is a relatively more affordable package available in two styles – Cafe Racer, and Sport. The Commando’s styling is inspired by its 1967 namesake. It is priced at around $ 20,000 (Rs 13 lakh approx).
The tie-up with Norton will be a boost to the prospects of the Kinetic Engineering Limited that already has tasted success through tie-ups with foreign brands. It had earlier joined hands with Honda with which it manufactured and sold the famous Kinetic Honda two-stroke scooters. The fact that it beat Mahindra Two Wheeler’s, who were interested in cracking a deal with Norton Motorcycle Company, could be seen as a big success for the manufacturer, who also got into a similar agreement with Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta in 2015.