KTM made a big entrance on the small-displacement streetbike segment in 2011 with its 125 Duke and in 2012, the 200 Duke. Both models were popular sellers in Europe while the 200 had a successful launch in India, home of one of KTM‘s largest owners, Bajaj. North American consumers were left out however, as neither […]
Norton Motorcycles Begins Shipping Units to US
Norton Motorcycles has begun shipping its Commando 961 to American dealerships, marking the first delivery of new motorcycles from the brand to the U.S. in over 30 years. The shipped models are also some of the the first batch of motorcycles to roll out of Norton’s new Hastings House manufacturing facility.
The British manufacturer has been working for quite some time to get re-established in the U.S. market. Earlier this year, Norton gained the okay from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to import the Commando 961, as well as its Café Racer, Sport and SF (Sport Factory) variants.
The 45,000 square-foot Hastings House facility has allowed Norton to increase production enough to export motorcycles to other markets. In addition to the U.S., Norton has also started shipping motorcycles to Canada and Japan, and will shortly begin shipping to Australia and New Zealand.
As of the moment, Norton has a network of nine dealerships in the U.S. and is actively trying to sign more retailers. Dan Van Epps, former chief executive officer of Ducati North America, is heading Norton’s U.S. operations out Beacon Falls, Conn.
Norton’s current U.S. dealer networks includes:
- Munroe Motors – San Francisco, Calif.
- South Bay Norton – Lomita, Calif.
- GP Motorcycles – San Diego, Calif.
- RPM Cycle – Farmers Branch, Texas
- MCC Motor Cycle Center – Villa Park, Ill.
- Falcone Powersports – Indianapolis, Ind.
- Trebour Motorcycles – Ledgewood, N.J.
- Gold Coast Motorcycles – New Hyde Park, N.Y.
- Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store – Auburn, Wash.