TonyA wrote:Hello again , For me , This is more of a Norton Motorcycles UK " Wish List " . I would like to see them continue to develop and enhance the 961 line. Another possibility would be to enlist a specialist firm to help them develop an accessory line . This should include a performance improvement section and a touring improvement section . Say bags , wind protection , touring seat and heated grips . Also the before mentioned Race Kits.
All of these things developed specifically for the Commando 961 . Proven and fully tested by the factory. The gearing changes provided by the sprockets now available thanks to G81CanCycle , The Coote's and CNW are a great start. I would like to hear more about the Air Filter developed by John (G81CanCycle) . I thought he said that it would be a direct replacement . I know for fact that K&N are NOT interested in making a filter that fits the 961 air box. I offered to send them a new Norton filter and the answer was NO , they wouldn't be doing that. Time will tell if any of this happens.
I think with the limited numbers of 961’s sold, few manufacturers are interested in making parts for them.
My impression of the Factory mentality is that the 961 is a classic, not a performance machine.
As such they don’t have much interest in pursuing performance improvements.
They will shortly have a V4 1200 available for folks who want all out performance.
This is similar to the thinking of Triumph.
The Bonneville (865) was a classic, Triumph never offered any performance upgrades for it.
They tried to steer buyers to the speed triple or street triple if higher performance was desired.
Of course Triumph introduced a new 1200 Bonneville to improve performance, but not enough to challenge their triple sales.
John (G81CanCycle) was developing a 2 into 1 exhaust for the 961 as well as the improved air filter.
I’m not sure if he still intends to offer these in the near future.
I will keep my eyes open for the PCV that Dynojet said will be offered shortly for the 961.
With that, the door will be open to better performance from our Commands.