Norton Motorcycles Ltd. has announced that its Commando 961 series of motorcycles have passed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resource Board testing, clearing the path for the bikes to be sold in the U.S.
Emissions and durability testing was carried out by a certified testing laboratory, and the Commando 961 complied with EPA and CARB exhaust, noise and evaporative emissions tests. The bike also passed and exceeded all significant durability and safety trials. For full approval, Norton has do complete paper-based compliance reporting and receive subsequent approvals from various departments.
“I would like to thank the dedicated Norton team for accomplishing such a monumental feat. For the bike to come through the rigorous 15,000 km testing shows its great durability and build quality. It’s a credit to both our design and production teams, along with our key suppliers who have also worked alongside us on to ensure we have the very best quality components,” CEO Stuart Garner said. “The process of opening the key U.S.A. market began two years ago with the recruitment of Dan Van Epps, an industry veteran and ex-CEO of Ducati North America. Dan has helped steer us through the process, which has taken continual resource and investment to achieve the approvals, which of course alongside Europe give us another of the most significant markets in the world. I would also like to thank Peter Howes, Norton Canada, who has worked tirelessly to make this possible.”
Norton America and Norton Canada have already begun recruiting dealers.