Norton Commander (motorcycle)
|Manufacturer||Norton Motors Limited|
|Also called||P52 (police), P53 (civilian)|
|Production||1988–1992; 253 units produced in total|
|Engine||588 cc water-cooled twin-rotor Wankel engine|
|Power||85 bhp (63 kW) at 9000 rpm|
|Torque||75.4 Nm at 7000 rpm|
|Transmission||duplex primary chain, 5-ratio gearbox, single-row final drive chain|
|Dimensions||L: 2200 mm
W: 880 mm
H: 1470 mm
|Fuel capacity||23 litres including a reserve of 3 litres|
The first Norton Wankel motorcycle was the 1987 air-cooled Classic, built as a special edition of just 100 machines. It was followed by the air-cooled Interpol 2 model. The Commander was a liquid-cooled successor to the Interpol 2, liquid cooling being adopted for greater power and reliability. The Commander's final-drive chain was protected by a full enclosure. Some cycle parts (such as front wheel, forks & brakes) were bought-in Yamaha items.
Two types of Commander were built. The P52 was a single-seat model equipped for police use. The second was the dual-seat P53 civilian tourer. Both the P52 and P53 had panniers integral with their fibreglass bodywork. The P53 bodywork was later revised to have detachable Krauser K2 panniers.
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