Kinetic & Norton Developing Sub 500cc Motorcycle for India

500cc Norton motorcycle could become the highest seller for the brand in the world considering that it would be its most affordable offering…

Norton Motorcycles, the Brit motorcycle maker, is working on a sub 500 cc motorcycle which it is developing in collaboration with Kinetic – its Indian distribution partner, according to a report at Autocar. The mid-sizer is expected to adorn the looks of a retro classic and will specifically be for India and some other Asian markets. According to the report, this motorcycle could be called as Commando Cub and it will be the most affordable Norton bike in the world.

During the launch of MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 in Kinetic’s multi-brand showroom Motoroyale, Ajinkya Firodia, (MD, Kinetic) hinted at this sub-500cc Norton motorcycle. Kinetic is also planning to ramp up its presence by the time the bike arrives. It recently opened its seventh dealership in Navi Mumbai and the plan is to have ten outlets operational by the end of 2019.

The Norton Commando Cub (if it will be called that) will look like a typical British classic, says Ajinkya. So, we can expect the bike to be designed with retro styled round headlamp, low paced clip-on handlebar, dual exhaust and chrome detailing which might be borrowed from its older sibling Commando 961 range.

500cc Norton Motorcycle
The Commando 961. The Commando Cub could borrow design from this motorcycle…

While the brand hasn’t revealed any technical details about the bike, it could sport an engine with capacity between 300-500 cc. An engine just below the 500cc mark will make it slot perfectly below the Nortan Atlas, while still being a premium offering.

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Nortan is targeting the 500cc premium classic segment which currently has players like Benelli Leocino 500 and Royal Enfield 650 twins. Kinetic Group has tall expectations of 25,000 unit sales per annum from India and its other markets. While the official launch timeline is not yet revealed, expect it to be ready by 2021.

Source – Autocar