Norton reveals the new Dominator SS
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast and believe in the phrase “4 wheels move a body, two wheels move a soul.” You’ve definitely dreamed of owning or at least riding a Norton once in your lifetime. Recently, Norton unveiled pictures of its soon to be launched Norton Dominator SS. It is based on the Dominiracer track-bike concept showcased in April this year.
The bike will have an air cooled 991 cc Parallel twin engine, making 80 hp (81 PS) and 90 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm. Equipped with Ohlins suspension and Brembo Mono-bloc brakes as standard, this bike would be a beast on the track and street as well.
The bike, designed by Simon Skinner (Norton Head of Design), is based on the Dominiracer, and based on design inputs from the Norton staff. Classic Café racer design with an exposed engine bay, only if looks could kill!
The Norton Company was Originally made as a “fittings and parts for the two-wheeler trade” company, before it started manufacturing bikes with bought engines in the year 1908 Norton added its own engine to the production line and that’s where their racing history began. During the Second World War, Norton made about 100,000 side valve motorcycles for the British Army, it was their contribution to the war effort.
The first Norton Dominator was designed in the year 1947-48. It was designed by Bert Hopwood, who happened to be the designer of the Triumph Speed Twin, a classic at that time. Ironically, the Dominator was made by Norton to compete with the Triumph Speed Twin.
“The Dominator SS will be privately previewed at an exclusive evening to be held at Donington Hall at the end of January 2015.” says the company’s website.
Initially only 50 bikes will be launched in the UK. The Dominator will stay on the Norton catalogue along with a special limited edition SS. The price of the bike has not been revealed, but it should be priced around 40,000$ according to reports online, which would cost you a little less than Rs. 25 lakh. Time to start saving!