Monday, April 23, 2007

Dead or Alive / In or Out?: The new Norton.

Owner of the the new Norton Line Kenny Dreer has suspended operations in April 2006, but the great blog Return of the Cafe Racers has this to report:

"Well it seems that the new Norton Commando project hasn't been laid to rest after all. The site is still live and a news posting from Noa Simons (VP Administration) dated Feburary 6th 2007 states that things are looking up...

"Dear Norton Enthusiasts:Thank you for your interest in Norton’s progress.Great news - the production-intent 961 Norton Commando is looking and sounding better-than-ever! In case you missed it, the May 2006 issue of Cycle World contains an extensive riding impression write-up based on trials done in early 2006.Here at Norton, we continue to pursue a path into production of the long-awaited Signature Series and production 961 Commando motorcycles. We have received additional funding to continue this pursuit. In a planned move, we have vacated our design and prototype facility in Gladstone, OR. Our lease is up and we have begun looking for a new location where we may begin production. During the move and production financing process, Bruce Murdock, former Norton CEO, continues to lead the company in the pursuit of capital, and Kenny Dreer continues to play a role on Norton’s Board of Directors.We know that many of you are eagerly awaiting news of the company, and ultimately, an awesome new motorcycle to ride! Your patience is greatly appreciated.Thank you for your ongoing support of Norton Motorsports."

Here's the text from the Norton web page:
"A new era has begun for Norton Motorcycles. The 961/SS Commando is the first new Norton model to be launched from the all new Commando Platform. This platform is the basis for multiple models in the coming years, including the Commando, Commando ‘S', Dominator, and Atlas. Each new model will draw inspiration from the past and build on the Norton legacy for the future.

Future development will also lead to the introduction of the all new, state-of-the-art, Manx Platform. These completely modern motorcycles, including Manx and Interstate, will represent the ultimate expression of the Norton brand.

Norton Motorcycles"

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