I have to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for the new Norton Motorcycles. They may be out of my price range, but that certainly doesn't stop me from taking an interest in what they're doing with the iconic British brand. A while ago I featured a road test of the limited production Norton Dominator SS, which made a cameo appearance in the latest James Bond movie 'SPECTRE' and Norton have now announced another Commando 961 based limited edition model, built in honour of 7 times Isle of Man TT winner and Norton Works race team member, Mick Grant.
|Mick on his number 16 JPS Norton|
Based on the Commando 961 Cafe Racer the Mick Grant special will boast the same high performance Brembo front and rear brake configuration. Suspension is provided by a set of 43mm Ohlins upside down forks and Ohlins rear shocks with remote reservoirs. The British designed and built, dry sump, 961cc parallel twin produces 80bhp and 90Nm of torque and is lubricated via an OIF (oil in frame) tubular steel frame. What makes these bikes so special is of course the limited edition paint scheme and a hand laid signature by Mick Grant. At £18,715 ($28,200USD) you're paying a touch more than the standard 961 Cafe Racer, but that's the price of exclusivity.
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