Norton Motorcycles, the famous British brand and a name synonymous with the British sport motorcycling culture, is back in the USA and announced the appointment of industry veteran Dan Van Epps to head-up its operations The first Norton motorcycle, the ‘Engerette’, rolled out of its Birmingham England factory in 1902. The company has been producing the new 961 Commandos for almost two years, and the orders have been well beyond expectations. We’ve had to ramp-up production much earlier than anticipated to grow on pace with our customer’s requests”. Dan Van Epps the new CEO of Norton Motorcycles USA and was formally CEO of Ducati North America.
Starting in May 2011, Norton will begin deliveries in the United States of the famed Norton Commando series of sport road bikes. Models include the traditional Commando 961 Sport, the striking 961 Café Racer and the ultimate performance 961 SE. All models feature a 961cc computer controlled, fuel injected, counter balanced, parallel twin engine, complimented by the world’s finest components like Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes. To add to the good news, yesterday at the 8-day long Carole Nash Show opening in Birmingham, England Norton unveiled 3 new versions of the Commando, including one with dual seat option. This version required changes to the chassis and the subframe to enable the bike to safely take a pillion. Cafe-Racing is no more exclusively a ride alone sport. At unveiling Norton owner Stuart Garner declared that “his company is working frantically to meet brimming order books”. Norton Motorcycles USA. P.O. Box 185. Beacon Falls, CT 06403