Norton motorcycles could soon be available in Australia.
The company announced it is in discussions with Fraser Motorcycles Group which imports Ducati into Australia and New Zealand.
Their statement says they are working with the company to homologate and distribute the Norton 961 Commando range in the two countries.
“Following the successful shipment of the first Canadian bikes last week along with Japan and North America’s first bikes being shipped imminently, we continue to open new markets,“ their statement says.
“Australia and New Zealand are an exciting addition to our distribution network and offer and excellent prospects we’ve received enormous levels of interest.
“Over the coming months our design and engineering department will ensure the 961 Commando range is fully homologated within the Australia Design Rules, whilst our partners at Fraser Motorcycles Group will develop a dealer network.
“As soon as we are able, we will give guidance on expected first delivery dates.”
The Norton 961 Commando range includes the SF naked bike, a cafe racer and a sport edition, all powered by a 961cc parallel twin pushrod engine with 60kW of power and 80Nm of torque.
They have five-speed transmissions, Brembo brakes with braided lines and Ohlins suspension.
In the UK they cost between $23,000 and $25,000. In Australia they will cost closer to $30,000.
Norton has been around since 1898 and making bikes on and off since 1902. In 2008, businessman Stuart Garner bought the rights to Norton from some US concerns and relaunched Norton in its Midlands home at Donington Park.
I will update this story when Frasers responds to calls and emails.