The Norton Commando and Dominator motorcycles have already landed in India, and have been spotted at the Kinetic warehouse in Pune. Both motorcycles have retro styling and will initially be imported as completely built units (CBU) from the United Kingdom. Later next year, Kinetic will start assembling these bikes from CKD kits at its Ahmednagar factory. The Norton twins will be officially revealed at the Indian Auto Expo, in February next year.
Both the bikes will feature the same, 961 cc, parallel-twin engine that’s air and oil cooled. The engine is fuel injected but retains a lot of old school bits like overhead valves and hydraulic pushrods. The engine puts out 80 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox is standard. Also, ABS is not offered on either of the bikes, even as an option.
However, there are twin discs on the front wheel and a single disc brake on the rear wheel. Both the wheels are spoked, in tune with the retro styling. The Commando will be offered in two trims – street and cafe racer, while the Dominator will have cafe racer styling as standard. The key difference between the Commandos and the Dominator is that the latter gets a lot of carbon fiber bits and bobs, and slightly different styling.
Also, the Dominator will get monoshock suspension, in addition to the upside down front forks. In terms of suspension for the Commando variants, telescopic front forks and gas charged shock absorbers will be standard on the street bike while the cafe racer will get upside down front forks. The Norton Commando and Dominator will challenge the Triumph Street Twin range and the Moto Guzzis. The Nortons are expected to be costlier than the locally assembled Triumphs but cheaper than the Moto Guzzis.