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2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Coolness Factor = 81.2%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:59 pm

2014 Norton Commando 961SF on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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An all new Norton 961cc parallel twin with hydraulic push-rod valve actuation, dry sump, 3 bearing crank, balancer shaft and cassette gear box. Built and developed in house at the Norton UK Factory.

2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in USD
Canada MSRP Price: Single Seat $23,900; Dual seat $24,850 CDN
UK/European MSRP Price: £16,495 GBP (Out The Door, Price includes VAT at 20%).


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Engine type
An all new Norton 961cc parallel twin with hydraulic push-rod valve actuation, dry sump, 3 bearing crank, balancer shaft and cassette gear box. Built and developed in house at the Norton UK Factory.
Displacement
961cc
Cooling System
Air/Oil
Valve actuation
Push rod, 2 valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke
88mm x 79mm
Compression ratio
10.1:1
Power
80PS @ 7700RPM
Torque
80Nm @ 6000RPM
Exhaust
Black chrome front pipes and reverse cone silencers
Ignition
Crank fired electronic
Euro 3 compliant with electronic fuel injection and multiple 3 way catalytic converter
Transmission
Gear box
Constant mesh 5 speed
Final drive
525 “O” ring chain
Clutch
Wet multi-plate hydraulic lifter
Electric Start
Electronics & Controls
Instrumentation
Norton electronic analogue speedo & tachometer
Digital information Display
Charging System
300 watt hi-output

Frame
Frame
Steel tubular with integral oil tank
Front suspension
Ohlins USD
Rear Suspension
Ohlins
Swing arm
Twin-sided steel construction
Wheelbase
1420mm (55.9 in)
Rake
24.5 degrees

Trail:
99mm (3.9 in)

Front wheel
36 spoke 3.50 x 17" Alloy Rim (Black)
Rear wheel
40 spoke 5.5 x 17" Alloy Rim (Black)
Front tyre
120/70 x 17"
Rear tyre
180/55 x 17"
Front wheel travel
115mm (4.53 in)
Rear wheel travel
100mm (3.94 in)
Handlebars
Alloy tapered bar in black
Miscellaneous
Carbon flyscreen

Carbon chain guard

Carbon front and rear mudguards

Fuel tank capacity
17 litres (3.82 UK gallon)
Dry weight
188kg (414.5 lbs)
Seat height
813mm (32 in)
Steering
Fully machined billet yokes

Brakes
Front brakes •Twin Brembo 320mm fully-floating high carbon stainless steel discs
• Brembo 4 piston 'goldline' radially mounted calipers
•Stainless steel braided hoses

Rear brakes •Single Brembo 220mm disc
• Brembo 2 piston caliper
•Brembo rear brake master cylinder
•Stainless steel braided hose

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Power
80PS @ 7700RPM
Torque
80Nm @ 6000RPM
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:02 pm

Ceemes and Hyperr were suggesting classic ride (1954 Vincent Black Shadow HRD 998) in the suggestion box for the Cool Wall this week. While I don't have the 1954 Vincent Black Shadow HRD 998 in our Motorcycle Guides, I thought I'd put up the next best modern thing... a Norton Commando!

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:07 pm

Hard not to give this bike an awesome but the price, ouch! Its a strong cool for me, very nice looking bike.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:58 pm

I went with awesome. This bike looks like the perfect balance of old and new.....love the look of the engine, the nakedness, the twin rear shocks, totally retro, yet with enough of the modern cons. The price however....oh lordy.....she will be on my unattainium list for a long time, unless I win the lotto.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by faded sun » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:54 pm

That is a nice looking bike but for that money you're into a nice BMW. After freight and PDI you're talking close to $30,000. Ouch.
Is that gold plate I see on the shocks? That's twice what the Zero was going for and THAT was an expensive bike...

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:59 pm

Super nice bike....but holy doodle....the price.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by ZRex » Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:12 pm

It is hard to say Awesome with that price, but I really, realy like the look. I guess I will still say Awesome, but I wouldn't buy one even if I had the money (unless like ceemes said I won the lottery).

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:10 pm

Nice bike but like others have said - there is no way that it justifies the price given the performance available. I am not sure if this is the limited edition "Dominator" model but if it is apparently they are ALL sold out so someone out there thinks it is worth the money....

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:31 pm

High_Side wrote:Nice bike but like others have said - there is no way that it justifies the price given the performance available.
Yeah at this price and performance, I would rather have a nicely restored '74 850 Commando. I suppose I could get a really nice one for that kind of coin! :kicking:
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:41 am

Sweet baby Jesus in a handbasket, this bike is awesome! (Anyway, it's the Cool Wall, not the great-value-for-money wall).
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:38 am

Grey Thumper wrote:Sweet baby Jesus in a handbasket, this bike is awesome! (Anyway, it's the Cool Wall, not the great-value-for-money wall).
Very true...

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:56 am

I love this thing!!!!
there aint nothin like it

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:51 am

High_Side wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:Sweet baby Jesus in a handbasket, this bike is awesome! (Anyway, it's the Cool Wall, not the great-value-for-money wall).
Very true...
Yeah but many voters seem to factor in value when they vote. I have seen many voters say something like, "it would be awesome but at that price, I had to downgrade it to cool", or something to that effect.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:16 am

This is the first Norton I've liked, and having said that, I really like how this bike looks. It's retro made modern, like the new rash of pony cars filling up every showroom floor in America, and I think the final product is very, very attractive.

I do, however, think there is something to be said for voting based on price. Tell me true, if every bike you've ever voted Fail on was offered to you for free, would you really not take them? I certainly would, so for me price is at least a deal breaker. Maybe $23K isn't a lot of money for some people, but in my neck of the woods that may as well be $230K. Still, there are a lot of things I could never afford that I still think are cool.

This among them. A solid Cool, but not my style of ride so not Awesome.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:02 pm

This bike is nothing but AWESOME! For all you who only voted Cool or even Uncool (blasphemy!)... you fail!!!
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:16 pm

Well then, I better go with my wife's advise above and vote Awesome...lol.

Really great bike, loads of power from a parallel-twin (80) and oozing good style to boot! Like everyone, I think the price is just darn too high for it, but it's uber-exclusive (right now) so I'm sure the prices will come down as production goes up. Would like to see it around the MSRP $13k mark.

Otherwise, I want one! :revv:

The sound of these Norton's are really intoxicating as they rev to the moon if you haven't heard one yet.



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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:32 pm

Grey Thumper wrote:Anyway, it's the Cool Wall, not the great-value-for-money wall.
LOL!!!! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:36 pm

2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Coolness Factor = 81.2%
Featured: December 19th, 2014 - December 26th, 2014
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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Motorcycle Cool Wall discussion: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=50501
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Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Norton Commando 961SF is:

Awesome (3 points) 56% [ 22 ]
Cool (2 points) 31% [ 12 ]
Uncool (1 point) 13% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 0% [ 0 ]

Total votes: 39

= a Coolwall Factor of 81.2%

NOTES: With the perfect balance of old and new and looks to spare we have a sure winner here... the only thing that is lacking is an affordable price. I'm hoping as production goes up the price drops quite a bit, but as Grey Thumper said "Anyway, it's the Cool Wall, not the great-value-for-money wall." Hurry up there Norton and start making more of em!

The LAST 2014 TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting on, have fun!
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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:33 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:Well then, I better go with my wife's advise above and vote Awesome...lol.

Really great bike, loads of power from a parallel-twin (80) and oozing good style to boot! Like everyone, I think the price is just darn too high for it, but it's uber-exclusive (right now) so I'm sure the prices will come down as production goes up. Would like to see it around the MSRP $13k mark.

Otherwise, I want one! :revv:

The sound of these Norton's are really intoxicating as they rev to the moon if you haven't heard one yet.



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Re: This Week: 2014 Norton Commando 961SF - Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:44 pm

High_Side wrote: Best sounding parallel twin I have ever heard!
I prefer the sound of the original... :kicking:

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