Norton to arrive in Canada next March


Norton motorcycles will roll back into Canada starting as Echo Cycle in Edmonton, Alberta, seeks to reestablish the British brand.

Canadian distributor is Norton Motorcycles (Canada) Ltd., established in 2009 and based in Newmarket, Ont., says the bikes will be available from up to 10 dealers across Canada.

Powered by a 961-c. c. parallel twin engine, the iconic 961 Commando motorcycle will be available in three versions: Sport (starting at $23,928), Cafe ($26,342) and Special Edition ($26,999), according to the Edmonton Journal.

Production of the motorcycles has already started in the U.K., and the first units are expected to arrive in Canada next March.

Riders may view the new Commando Sport at the 2011 Edmonton Motorcycle Show. The SE will be an exclusive, limited-production model.

Fans can rejoice that the early photos show Ohlins forks and piggyback dual shocks. Only 200 SEs are slated for production in the first year, 20 of which have been reserved for Canada.

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Posted by Holly Wagner