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    The British Invasion Rides Again: Norton Motorcycles Ship to US


    October 29, 2013

    Norton Motorcycles has shipped its first batch of Commando 961 models to the U.S.

    The shipment, Norton’s first in the U.S. in more than 30 years, came Oct. 23. The bikes are headed for Norton’s nine U.S. dealerships:
    Munroe Motors in San Francisco;
    South Bay Norton in Lomita, Calif.;
    GP Motorcycles in San Diego;
    RPM Cycle in Farmers Branch, Texas;
    MCC Motorcycle Centre in Villa Park, Ill.;
    Falcone Powersports in Indianapolis;
    Trebour Motorcycles in Ledgewood, N.J.;
    Gold Coast Motorsports in New Hyde Park, N.Y.;
    Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store in Auburn, Wash.

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    I called RPM Cycle in Dallas as soon as I heard the news. They haven't received any word on when they will be receiving their bikes or even how many they will be getting. They did add me to the "call list" so hopefully I will hear something soon.
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    Norton has only been building 500 bikes a year total (less than 10 a week), and has dealerships in 14 countries. So I'm afraid we will be seeing these bikes come across the Atlantic in a mere trickle. I expect each dealership will get no more than a handful to start, and that the sticker price will be around $23,000.00. I'd love to ride one...but the closest dealership is about 700 miles away. Guess I just have to hope they catch on and a dealership opens here locally...
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    Yeah when I talk to the Dallas dealer they threw about $19k and I bet that was before any markup that they will try and get :/
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    Looks sweet, nearest dealer to me is only about 150 miles so I might have to go see one in person.

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    The British Invasion Rides Again: Norton Motorcycles Ship to US

    Think you might find the prices are a bit more than this.
    Still, in the UK a Commando is £15000 and that is about $24000 US.

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    The conversion rate doesn't always (if ever) = price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JmalB View Post
    The conversion rate doesn't always (if ever) = price.
    Quite right, usually the price is much more than the conversion rate.
    Certainly in this part of the wold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterDarker View Post
    Quite right, usually the price is much more than the conversion rate.
    Certainly in this part of the wold.
    And then there's dealer mark up, if there's big demand for these bikes and I think there will be at first ,the prices will be what the dealers think they can get for them.

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    The old ones can still be had; Norton For Sale - Norton Motorcycles

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    Tasty machines...more for when I am too old to handle the Busa...not too far in the future either
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    High maintenance but man were they fun to ride. A good friend of mine had an early '70s Commando I rode as much as he did back in the dark ages; loved that bike.

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    They were cool bikes, I know a guy that still rides one.
    Too bad Kenny Dreer's revival failed.....right bike wrong time,just as the economy started to fail.
    He was just 40 miles from my place down in Portland, Oregon of all places, would have really liked to see him succeed.

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    I meant the new ones but hey they may be the same deal lol!
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