Norton Commando 961 Café Racer  "Mick Grant Special" Limited Edition

   

Make Model.

Norton Commando 961 Café Racer  "Mick Grant Special" Limited Edition

Year

2016

Engine

Parallel twin with push-rod valve actuation, 3 bearing crank balancer shaft, 2 valves per cylinder

Capacity

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

Induction

Fuel injected

Ignition

Crank fired electronic

Starting

Electric

Max Power

59.7 kW / 80 hp @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

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

Clutch

Wet multi-plate with hydraulic lifter

Transmission

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 RSU, 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 semi-floating carbon stainless steel discs, 4 piston "Gold Line" axial calipers

Rear Brakes

Brembo single Ø220 mm disc, 2 piston "Gold Line"caliper

Front Wheel

3.50 x 17", BST carbon fibre

Rear Wheel

5.00 x 17", BST carbon fibre

Front Tyre

120/70 -17

Rear Tyre

180/55 -17

Wheelbase

1420 mm / 55.9 in

Dry Weight

188 kg / 414 lbs
Seat Height 813 mm / 32 in

Fuel Capacity 

17 Litres / 4.5 US gal

 

   

 

For 2016 the British manufacturer Norton Motorcycles has decided to pay homage to one of their great riders, by creating a special version of the 961 Cafe Racer, named Mick Grant. 

The Norton
Commando was presented for the first time at the London Motor Show in 1967 and produced from 1968 to 1977. With this Limited Edition you go back in time to 1972, when the Norton Commando was on the market for four years.  At the Thruxton 500 endurance race, which is 500 miles, two riders raced the production series for over nine hours. Dave Croxford and Mick Grant (seven times winner of the Tourist Trophy) were victorious.

The limited edition is blue with a number 7 on the tail.  Only 7 copies will be made by hand and then uses the parallel twin engine from 961 cc dry sump with 80 hp at 6,500 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm.

In addition to the colour and appearance, it differs in some details in carbon, such as the front fender, the windshield and the chain cover.  Other details are black instead of chrome, such as the signature of Mick Grant. The seven lucky owners, who have ordered this version will have to pay 18,715 pounds, equivalent to just over 25,000 euro, almost 3000 more than its Cafe Racer base model, which costs 15,750 pounds.   Owners will have the privilege to pick up the motorcycle at the plant in Norton Donington, directly from Mick, along with the certificate of authenticity.