British Motorcycle maker, Norton Motorcycle Company and Indian Two-wheeler Company, Kinetic Engineering have collaborated to launch two new motorcycles in India. The company has unveiled the Norton Dominator and Norton Commando in the country. It is expected that the new motorcycle will be launched in early 2018, and a possible launch at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018 can’t be ignored. Featuring retro design, the new motorcycles come equipped with same powertrain. However, the Dominator is better equipped in terms of features that is likely to make it expensive than the Commando. Also Read – Avantura Choppers Launches Rudra and Pravega Bikes In India
In the joint venture, the Kinetic Motoryale has 51% stakes and has the majority of ownership. The company will be operating from Pune and the Norton motorcycles will be assembled at Kinetic’s manufacturing plant at Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The British maker will provide intellectual properties, design and engineering to Kinetic Motoroyale. Norton is working on a range of new bikes and new engine platform, which it will share with Kinetic in future. You May Also Like – Kinetic And Norton Announce Joint Venture For Selling Bikes in India
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The Joint venture will first launch the Norton Commando in the country, followed by the Dominator in the three subsequent months. These bikes will initially be launched as CBUs (Completely built units) from England. However, the company will locally assemble these bikes at Kinetic Maharashtra’s facility from late 2018. The Commando will come in two variants – Commando 961 Sport and Commando 961 Cafe Racer. Additionally, Kinetic Motoryale will also export Norton bikes to ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) markets once the India operations are up and running.
Both Norton Commando and Norton Dominator are powered by a 961cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel twin engine that produces 79bhp of maximum power and 90Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheel via a five-speed gearbox. Suspension system comprises of 43mm Black-line Ohlins USD front forks and Ohlins twin shock-absorbers with a remove reservoir at the rear. The Dominator is equipped with Ohlins TTX 36 mono shock with a remove reservoir at the back. For braking, the bike gets twin Bremobo 320mm fully-floating high-carbon stainless steel brakes with 4-piston Mobobloc radially mounted caliper at front and Brembo 220mm disc with a 2 piston caliper at the rear.