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John Westlake  says:

New Norton Commando v Triumph Bonneville

MCN testers have just returned from riding the new Norton Commando 961 SE alongside the latest Triumph Bonneville. It’s the first time the Norton has been road tested against another bike. There’s a hell of a price differential (Norton: £15,995, Triumph £5899), but MCN’s riders still came back buzzing about both British machines. Chief road tester Trevor Franklin said: “Surprisingly, the...

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Mar 09

Posts: 3

LJohno says:

Best of British!

The road test that they never would have anticipated...British bikes are on the up!

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Dec 08

Posts: 1294

boybilly1967 says:

Both great looking bikes.

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Sep 05

Posts: 24

jcbenbow says:

Norton: £15,995!!!!!!!

Both good bikes, maybe you should have compared the Norton to the Thruxton? Absolutely no way I would pay £15,995 for the Norton.

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Feb 10

Posts: 129

DrVibrafly says:

Money no object

Then maybe I'd fork out for the Norton but gimme a Bonnie any day, I am thinking about one for my next bike.  Whichever one you go for though it goes to show that the British bike industry is getting better and better.

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Jul 08

Posts: 165

Carlosoul says:

Bonnie for life

Give me a Bonnie any day, Nortons way too much money.

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Jul 09

Posts: 81

Hooray for British bikes!

Both are fantastic - I'd happily have either.  However, I think being realistic I couldn't afford the Norton.

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Aug 04

Posts: 7

y996sps says:

Norton: £15,995!!!!!!!

Great value for money,

WHY?, Only 200 being made with only about 50 for the UK market and the have all sold.

If you could get one at £15,995 I bet you could sell it straight away to an overseas buyer for a healthy profit.

That said, if you are lucky enough to have got one you would have to be mad to sell it.

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brutale r


Dec 07

Posts: 3258

brutale r says:

get real

of course they are going to be exxy to start with once they have for of a foot hold they will drop the price same as MV

aint it best to have 50 for the uk market and they are sold better than 50 sitting storage

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Apr 10

Posts: 20

Right comparison?

I can see that MCN would be eager to test the two bikes; but would it not have been better to either compare the standard Commando or to use one of the many special Bonnevilles available; like Jack Lilley's? Or go for the outside option and use a Moto Morini?

I can't wait for a full group test, closest way of comparing would probably be caff racers : Triumph Thruxton, Norton Commando (Cafe racer not SE!) , Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic, perhaps one of the Ducati Sportclassic "Biposto" too?

It isn't the fault of the manufacturer that the bikes have a £10k difference - each one is aiming at very different levels of a similar market!

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Oct 09

Posts: 223

ruxxy says:

What? When?

Phew, just thought I had woken up in 1960's England! Is the bike industry so lacking in origination that they are slavishly recreating a biking nostalgia for middle aged folk with very deep pockets?

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