The British bikes will be brought in as CBUs and are already up for pre-order
It was just yesterday that we reported that Norton Motorcycles was gearing up to launch its range of motorcycles in India in July 2018. Now, however, sources have confirmed that the company has started accepting bookings for both the Norton Dominator and both variants of the Norton Commando (961 Sport and 962 Cafe Racer), across all Moto Royale dealerships. Folks at Moto Royale have also confirmed that, for now, the bikes will only be available on pre-order. The bikes will be brought in via the CBU route, so expect a hefty price tag. We are expecting the Dominator to be priced around Rs 24 lakh, while the Commando should be priced at around Rs 20 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).
However, thanks to the association with Kinetic, Norton will start local assembly of the bikes at its manufacturing unit in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, by the end of 2018. With the localisation of parts and labour, we can expect a good price cut on these models.
The Norton Commando 962 Cafe Racer features clip-on handlebars and a small flyscreen to give it a retro look, while the 961 Sports comes with a very neo-classic design. The Norton Dominator, on the other hand, will be marketed as a more premium motorcycle with Ohlins suspension components, Brembo brakes and carbon-fibre bodywork. Powering the motorcycles will be the same 961cc, air-cooled, parallel-twin engine, which makes 80PS of power at 6500rpm and 90Nm of torque at 5200rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Kinetic-owned Moto Royale will exclusively sell Norton Motorcycles throughout India. The brand also deals with the sales and service of MV Agusta motorcycles and will be adding the SWM brand of motorcycles under its belt soon.