Norton Motorcycles (Canada) Ltd. has finally been granted Canadian Government approval for its 961 Commando models to be imported into Canada and operated on Canadian roads.
“We would like to acknowledge the combined efforts of Norton UK’s engineering staff and representatives from the Canadian Moped and Motorcycle Industry Council, Harrison Wolf Consulting Inc.(USA) and various suppliers whose contribution, in conjunction with the Canadian Ministry of the Environment and Transport Canada, have enabled us to reach our goal,” said Peter Howes, President of Norton Motorcycles (Canada) Ltd.
Models available in Canada comprise of the limited edition SE, the SF and Café Racer models. All Canadian specification bikes will have Norton’s highest specification USD Öhlins forks, radial Brembo brakes and carbon fibre trim. The SF and Café Racer models will be available in single or dual seat versions and for Canada only, the SF version will have the option of blacked out or chrome exhaust and black or polished rims as a no-cost option. Similarly on the Café Racer, black or polished rims will be a no cost option.
All Norton motorcycles are hand built to order in the UK, and Howes informed Inside Motorcycles that wait times between ordering and receiving your hand-built Norton motorcycle range from three to six months. That’s nothing compared to some loyal Canadian customers, who put their deposits down as early as 2009 and have been waiting for production to ramp up and then government red tape to clear before receiving the first ‘new’ Norton motorcycles in Canada. The first 10 or so pre-sold bikes are to be delivered in April.
If you want a Norton, it’s best to reserve the bike of your choice with your nearest Canadian dealer as soon as possible!