Norton sinks again

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The latest attempt to get Norton Motorcycles back on the road seems to have come to a grinding halt.

The company announced last week that it was winding things down as the firm’s money ran out at the same time as the lease on its premises. Thinking of a new bike?

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Suss out your new kit here Long-term Norton fanatic Kenny Dreer revived the Norton brand in 2003 after he managed to wrench the name away from people doing nothing with it.

His grand plans for the brand stepped up from producing replica 70’s Nortons to the production of a brand new Commando.

The 80bhp commando 961 got rave reviews from everyone that managed to get near it but the costs of putting the bike on the has road proved too much for Dreer and the money has run out.

Development costs to build the four prototypes currently in existence are as much as £4.8 million ($8.5 million) and it was expected to cost another £5.6 million ($10 million) to put the machine in to full production.

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