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Video: Norton Commando Cafe Racer SP vs. Triumph Thruxton

Published: 12 January 2011

One of the undoubted stars of Carole Nash Live at the NEC just before Christmas, standing out like a lump of coal in freshly-fallen snow, was the unveiling of a special, all-black, ‘blinged-up’ version of Norton’s 961 Commando Café Racer.

The Commando 961 Cafe Racer ‘SP’, as Norton call it, was originally conceived as a one-off ‘show special’, but interest was so intense that Norton are now putting the machine into limited production.    

But how ‘SP’-ecial is this new version exactly? And how does it compare to the current benchmark British retro café racer, Triumph’s popular – and much cheaper – 900 Thruxton?

Read the full test in this week's MCN, on sale Wednesday 12 January 2011.

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