Norton Commando 961/SS


Make Model

Norton Commando 961/SS


2005 - 06


Four stroe, Parallel twin, push-rod valve, 2 valves per cylinder, OHV


961 cc / 58.6 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 88 X 79 mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Cooling System Air cooled
Exhaust 2-into-1-into-2
Induction Carburettor. Twin 39mm Keihin FCR



Max Power

59.7 kW / 80 hp

Max Torque

94.8 Nm / 9.67 kgf/m / 70 lb-ft



Final Drive



Chromium Molybdenum

Front Suspension

ě43 mm  Telescopic fork, Íhlins

Front Wheel Travel

140 mm / 5.5 in

Rear Suspension

Twin sided swingarm, twin shocks, pre-load adjustable

Rear Wheel Travel

102 mm / 4.0 in

Front Brakes

2 x ě320 mm discs, 4-piston calipers, Brembo

Rear Brakes

Single ě220 mm disc, 2-piston caliper, Brembo



Front Wheel

3.50 x 17"

Rear Wheel

5.50 x 17"

Front Tyre

120/70-R17, Avon

Rear Tyre

180/55-R17, Avon


1435 mm / 56.5 in

Seat height

800 mm / 31.5 in

Dry Weight

188 kg / 415 lbs

Fuel Capacity

17 Litres / 4.5 US gal

The Norton 961/SS Commando is a motorcycle that was produced by Norton Motorcycles, the Oregon based company that bought the rights to the Norton brand name. Owner Kenny Dreer progressed from restoring and upgrading Norton Commandos to producing whole machines. He modernised the design and in the early 2000s went into production of the VR880. This machine was built on the basis of the original Commando, with upgraded components and a significantly modified engine. Dreer produced 50 of these machines before deciding to build an all-new motorcycle. With funding from Oliver Curme, Dreer hired a small design and development team led by Paul Gaudio (Design and Development Director), Simon-Pierre Smith (Lead Engineer), and Patrick Leyshock (Testing, Sourcing.) The 961 Commando never reached production in America due to lack of funding, and the company closed its doors in April 2006. The Commando 961 SS combined traditional Norton cafe racer styling with new technology. This included carbon fibre wheels to reduce weight, a counterbalanced engine, and a chro-moly tubular steel frame.[1]

The Commando represents a new beginning for Norton Motorcycles. Designed and built from the ground up, this bike continues the Norton legacy of defined style and performance.

This modern roadster reflects the soul of the original machine. Classic sculptural forms are combined with raw functionalism, laying beautiful shapes over a structural frame and muscular motor; resulting in a visual language that is both sensual and purposeful. With a very narrow waist and curves in just the right places, the 961 is a bike that feels as good as it looks.