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Norton Commando 961

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Key specs
  • Displacement961 cc
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight236 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 20,99,000

Norton Commando 961 is now discontinued in India.


Norton Commando 961 Summary

Commando 961 key highlights

Engine Capacity 961 cc
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 236 kg
Seat Height 810 mm
Max Power 70.94 bhp
Top Speed 199 Kmph

About Commando 961

The Norton Commando 961 is a café racer that harks back to the glory days of British motorcycling. It has two main variants, the Sport and the Café Racer. Both are mechanically the same, but the latter is a single-seater, as befits the genre of motorcycle. It also gets a few bits and bobs that are exclusive to it, like a carbonfibre flyscreen, clip-on handlebars, remote master cylinders for the brakes, and polished wheel rims.

The Commando is powered by a 961cc parallel-twin cylinder engine that is air/oil cooled. It is a pushrod engine, which means that it isn’t the most modern tech – we currently see it in only the earlier Royal Enfields and older engines from Harley-Davidson – and it generates 79bhp and 90Nm. The gearbox is a five-speed one. In total contrast are the suspension and braking components: the suspension comprises of upside-down forks in the front, and all the suspension bits are fully adjustable. Braking is sourced from Brembo with top quality components like monobloc radially-mounted callipers for the front. The instrumentation is analogue.

The Commando isn’t a product for everyone – it is handmade and assembled with top-quality suspension and braking components. The engine doesn’t match up to the specs of the suspension and brakes, however; the price will still be very premium. Kinetic Motors, which is bringing the Norton brand to India, will retail it from their MotoRoyale multibrand motorcycle dealerships.

The Indian market gets only the Sport for the moment, but customers can choose from six colours: black with gold stripes, grey with black stripes, red with gold stripes, silver with red/black stripes, green with black stripes, and white with black stripes.

At its asking price of nearly Rs 21 lakh, there is no real competition to the Commando 961, unless you consider more modern machinery like the BMW S1000R, Ducati Monster 1200 and MV Agusta Brutale 1090.
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Norton Commando 961 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Gets Monoblock brake calipers
    • Powerful engine
    • Lot of customization options
  • Could be Better

    • Extremely pricey
    • Doesn’t get a lot of safety electronics
    • Poor sales, service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Commando 961 is another exclusive motorcycle from Norton. This café racer has great design elements and is known for its performance too. But the brand has poor sales and service reach in the country. 

Commando 961


  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 70.94 bhp @ 7,500 rpm

    Max Torque 67 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

    Cooling System Air and Oil-Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 961 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88 mm

    Stroke 79 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 10.1:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity --

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed 199 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55 x 17

    Tyre Type --

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 4 Piston, Rear- 2 Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 x 17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 43 mm Ohlins black-line Upside Down Forks

    Rear Suspension Ohlins twin shocks with remote reservoir

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 236 kg

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,400 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 810 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type --

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --


Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analague

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm --

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes



Electric System--


Headlight TypeHalogen Bulb

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail Light--

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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