Back in Command

James Lansdowne Norton built the first Norton motorcycle in 1902, but it took Kenny Dreer, a passionate restorer of British bikes, to rescue the brand from extinction nearly a century later.

Dreer’s Gladstone, Oregon–based Norton Motorcycles may be independent from Norton’s past business ventures, but his passion for the brand’s legacy is fierce, as evidenced by the new Commando 952. Boasting top-shelf components such as Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and carbon fiber elements, the new Commando’s mechanicals artfully balance classic sportiness with state-of-the-art technology. Though high-tech equipment abounds, this Norton’s soul—a pushrod-actuated, dry sump, air-cooled parallel twin—is decidedly old school. (Click image to enlarge)

The engine’s mechanical simplicity is echoed in signature Norton styling cues, which are sculpturally sumptuous enough to earn appreciation from the most ardent of Commando purists.

Deposits are currently being accepted for the new Commando. Although Dreer will not release the bike until EPA certification is complete, he promises to resurrect the Norton mystique with soulful fidelity. | 503.650.5390

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