Norton Commando 961 S.E.MKII


Make Model

Norton Commando 961 S.E. MKII




Parallel twin, push rod, hydraulic lifter, 2 valves per cylinder


961 cc / 58.6 cu in
Bore x Stroke 88 x 79 mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Cooling System Air cooled
Lubrication Dry sump
Exhaust 1¾” header system with merged collector and twin silencers with catalytic converters, Euro 3 compliant


Fuel injected





Max Power

59.7 kW / 80 hp @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

90 Nm / 9.2 kgf-m / 65 ft-lb @ 5200 rpm


Wet multi-plate with hydraulic lifter


5 Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive

Chain, 525 "O" ring
Frame Tubular steel with integral oil tank
Rake 24.5°
Trail 99 mm / 3.9 in

Front Suspension

Ø43 mm Öhlins USD, adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping.

Front Wheel Travel

115 mm / 4.53 in

Rear Suspension

Öhlins reservoir-style twin shocks, adjustable ride height, preload, compression, and rebound damping.

Rear Wheel Travel

100 mm / 3.94 in

Front Brakes

Brembo 2 x Ø320 mm fully-floating high carbon stainless steel discs, 4 piston "Gold Line" Brembo radially mounted  calipers. Brembo "Gold Line" front brake master cylinder with integral reservoir

Rear Brakes

Brembo single Ø220 mm disc, 2 piston "Gold Line" caliper.  Brembo rear brake master cylinder

Front Wheel

3.50 x 17", BST carbon fibre

Rear Wheel

5.50 x 17", BST carbon fibre

Front Tyre

120/70 -17"

Rear Tyre

180/55 -17"


1420 mm / 55.9 in
Seat Height 813 mm / 32 in

Dry Weight

188 kg / 415 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

17 L / 4.5 US gal

MCT Partnership - The engine in the Norton Commando has been thoroughly engineered to make the 961cc parallel twin deliver the expectations of refinement, durability and compliance with forthcoming emissions and noise legislation; it was a requirement of the design brief that this must be achieved whilst maintaining the classic lines of the Commando.

Menard Competition Technologies (MCT), who have an enviable reputation for engineering race and production engines at their impressive facility deep within ‘Motorsport Valley’ in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom were ideally qualified to undertake such a challenge. MCT has full design, manufacturing and testing capability as well as very considerable automotive experience, and this
combination of skills was vital to the success of the Commando engine project ensuring a powerful, reliable and charismatic beat for the Commando’s heart.

Charlie Bamber, Commercial Director of MCT summed up MCT’s commitment, “it’s a great privilege to be playing a role in the rebirth of a brand as important as Norton. We share in the passion and ambition of Norton and know that Stuart Garner and his team at Norton Motorcycles are well placed to build on the legacy of a truly iconic name”

 The carbon pack on the Commando SE consists of
front and rear wheels, front mudguard, headlight
mounts, rear hugger, chain guard and rear number
plate hanger.

Lightweight BST carbon fibre wheels are fully TUV
approved to guarantee durability and reliability.

Axially mounted Brembo callipers combined with
Brembo 320 mm discs provide impressive braking
capability whilst maintaining the classic styling of
the Commando.

The frame is of steel tubular
construction with integral oil tank,
fully re-engineered using the latest
CAD/CAM techniques to give the
right balance of stiffness, weight
and durability.

Fully adjustable ‘right way up’ Ohlins forks
enhance the classic lines of the Commando
whilst maintaining modern levels of ride
and handling.

Traditional looking analogue instruments are
fully electronic and manufactured using the
latest technology to ensure modern levels of
reliability and usability.

Ohlins twin rear suspension units with remote reservoirs
are fully adjustable with pre-load, rebound and
compression damping adjustment.

The exhaust system complies with drive-by noise
regulations and contains two 3-way catalytic converters to
adhere to latest emissions legislation.

Lightweight BST carbon
fibre wheels are fully TUV
approved to guarantee
durability and reliability.

Fuel injection and a full engine management system
have been integrated into the Commando without
compromising styling.