Discussion in 'Norton Commando 961 Motorcycles' started by Fast Eddie, Nov 3, 2017.
Yep totally agree. Its not as refined as a modern bike. But sure is fun and engaging to ride.
I would also suggest you take a test ride first.
It’s a lot of cash to have regrets over later on if you are disappointed.
As a general rule I never buy anything sight unseen, or untested.
Oh damn, wait that’s not right. I bought my 961 as soon as it was uncrated.
But that’s me, and I’m nuts.
Well, daft as it may seem, I have never ridden one, and the deposit is paid now!
I'm not worried about the refinement in the slightest, lack of refinement and hard core visceral experience is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. My main reason for not buying a Thruxton is precisely that it was way too refined for me.
I thought the R nine T was bland, but I changed my mind when I rode other moderns. I had a 700GS loan bike when the R9 was in for its service. Stroll on, talk about bland!
With its torque reaction and vibration, the R9 is a lot more raw than most moderns, and I am very much hoping the 961 is even so!
I think my only real concern is whether or not the past gremlins have finally been engineered out. If I have to go through the level of pain that some of you guys have in the past, the love will fade rapidly.
I am proceeding with this purchase on the basis that it is a hand built bike, built by a small company, so it will have some niggles that need ironing out. But I am also proceeding on the basis that the known faults are now fixed, and the bike is fundamentally sound.
So, watch this space, have patience, and all will be revealed ... !
That's exactly the mental mindset required to live in harmony with your 961.
Fingers crossed !
You have a big advantage living close to the factory ! Scotland is close to the factory ! Wales is close to the factory ! Kent is close to the factory ! Cornwall is close to the factory ! Ireland is close to the Factory ! Northern Ireland is close to the Factory ! IOM is close to the factory ! Anytime you have a problem that you can't deal with just bring it back home ! BTW , Just got back from a 105 mile ride and thought about the California high bars and wind protection the whole way.
Fred, unless my memory is defective you're name was on it long before it was uncrated, as was mine!
I was a gonna when I saw Dreer's 952 at the 2005 IMS.
Tony, that’s exactly the realisation I had!
I live 2 hours from the factory, but my BMW dealer is 5 minutes away. So I had the mindset that the factory was a long way away.
Then I read posts from you guys ‘over there’ who are hundreds of miles from your nearest semi interested / almost competent dealerships and I realised I was being, shall we say, somewhat small minded!
I’m buying mine direct from the factory (that has to help them a bit with margins) and intend to use the factory for all work. Richard and Ben and other ‘locals’ who use the factory and post on here generally praise the level of service they get.
So, once again, fingers crossed !
Nice one Nigel, will you have it in time for the "Festival of a 1000 Bikes" that is happening again at Mallory?
I bloody well hope so Cab! And I fully intend to enter it. Might take the Panzer along as well.
What about you, venturing out onto the track next year?
That has to be a big advantage. The interface via dealer needs a lot of time, money and nerves. Well, I guess this depends mainly on the quality of relationship between factory and dealer. Unfortunately, one can’t order parts directly from the factory anymore...
BTW: The test ride was the final reason to order my CR961 and not the other way round! You won’t feel any issues, if there still are. You notice them with increasing miles on the clock... But me too, I hope they sorted most of them by now!
And that seems like a huge backwards step to me. I can’t really fathom their logic behind this move to be honest.
From what I’ve heard, the best option for anyone outside the U.K. is to use Krazy Horse for spares, they seem to know what they are doing, they are big time petrol heads themselves, and seem to have a reputation for fast efficient service.
Problem or not, you test ride this thing and your sold. It is so firmly planted on the ground yet nimble. If you long for the vibes of yesteryear its a done deal. When you see how fabulous the build is with its built like a tank, charge like a bull attitude, there's nothing currently on the market that will fill the niche like the 961.
You should be on commission.
You’d have sold me one for sure... if I hadn’t bought one already!
I think the low speed handling isn't great! But that is not what we buy them for is it. Anything over 20 mph and the handling is great foe a retro. Brakes and suspension are great for any bike period!
Very doubtful, question of cost primarily, but I might venture over if the attendance is rumoured to be up on this years alternative effort of the event.
Nigel I know you are the kind of guy who plans and makes lists. One thing we all have to do is adjust or have professionally adjusted the Ohlins suspension. At the minimum you must set static sag and dynamic sag. With the stock settings you will have very good suspension, Iwilson and others will agree with me that with some professional tuning you will have amazing suspension! It is the adjustability that gives Ohlins its deserved reputation!
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