Norton Motorcycles has issued a press release noting another milestone in effort to return to the States: it has successfully completed durability and emissions testing for its Commando 961 Cafe Racer (pictured), 961 Sport and 961 SE bikes. Now the niche English motorcycle firm needs to submit and receive approvals for safety and compliance documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as complete other paperwork protocols for the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board. Then it can submit individual requests to each state, and assuming all of that goes well, it can start shipping its modern retro wares here.

That doesn't, however, mean you can expect to own a Norton as soon as the mountain of paperwork has been scaled. If an article called "Nortongate" on the motorcycle site Hell for Leather is to be believed, Norton is now very poorly run, citing a woeful record of failing to deliver bikes – not to mention properly engineering it 961 line. Thus, U.S. approvals might not mean much. Using public access documents and speaking to numerous customers and people that have worked for and done business with Norton all the way up to August of this year, the story makes it seem much more reasonable to take one's chances with a vintage Norton rather than the new ones ostensibly on the way.


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      outlaw Ronnie
      • 2 Years Ago
      tell the idiot that loud pipes saves lives, and that there are alot of people out there in cars that are much bigger idiots then the ones on bikes, watch out for motorcycles,
        Robert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @outlaw Ronnie
        Loud pipes do not save lives. If we as motorcycle riders have to depend on loud ass pipes to be safe we really need to work on our riding skills. We need to learn to stay out of peoples blind spots, slow down at intersections, etc etc. These jackasses with their superloud pipes are just looking for an excuse to make a bunch of noise. My opinion, yours may vary. :)
      rwa1949
      • 2 Years Ago
      In 1976 --had a friend who rode a norton, we rode hondas, 1 moto and his norton-- very fast -- always left us in the dust.
      HELLRAISER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing like the snort of a nort.
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice bike - they have been talking about this resurrection for years. I hope it comes true!
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Norton Commando When I first got into motorcycles 45 years ago the Norton Commando was already a legend .
      Hi Kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a '65 Atlas 'a Snortin' Norton' and loved it! Great and simple to work on.
      outlaw Ronnie
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have owned five indian motorcycles so far and i loved them and i now own two indian chiefs with the 100 power plus,wouldn't trade them for anything.
      helix1960
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want a reliable Brit bike....? Triumph still putting out about a dozen different machines from classics to racers, just rolled ocer to a modest 20k on my Bonneville...amen to mid-life crises!
      choicef
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice looking ride
      themechanicsix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please...
      1 Evil Brat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Picked up a Norton Commando 800 back in 76 while stationed at Cherry Point Marine Air Station. It was a total street bike and was a sweet riding set of wheels. Momma nature was not nice to us, big wind came and sailed us off the road into a ditch 6 months later. Was not fixable, frame bent all to blazes, handle bars twested, forks and front wheel looked like a pretzel. Would have cost more to restore than it was worth at the time. Now I wish I had.
      Captain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never seen a British machine yet that will last. Usually electrical and valve problems.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Captain
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