Trails of India
The latest entry in the Indian Bike segment is cafe racer. And once we say cafe racer two names readily come into our mind are Norton and Royal Enfield. Like the continental GT Zoe royal Enfield, the Norton Dominator is yet another Cafe racer, modified for the sub-continental audience and terrain. The sub continental motor market has matured over the past few years. Today's buyer is not truffled with ambitious price tags. All he looks for is his value for money. Over the years a sense has grown in the market that we are ready to shelve big bucks for a product, but only if the product guarantees to return every rupees of the investment. In such a situation through this article we will try to deduce whether or not the Norton Dominator is there to stay in the Indian market.
Like the Norton Commando, the Dominator is taken from the 40s motorcycle of the same name. The original machine was in production up till 76. Back then the engine variants in production were starting from 500cc to 828cc. Both single and twin engines were available at that time. The current Norton bikes carry that rich legacy. Actually the 60s were the prime time when the cafe racers were in vogue. The Norton Dominator is made by the resurrected Norton motorcycles company based in Leicestershire.
Just as the mind guides a human body, engine is the mind and sole of a mechanized beast. The bike is infused with a 961cc engine, making it the most powerful engine available in the diaspora. Just like a vintage cafe racer it is twin cylindered and air and liquid cooled. It has also got parallel twin engine. The bike is fitted with five gear digits. The power generated in the engine accounts for about 80Hp at 6500rpm. The torque generated in the engine is about 90 Newton meter at 5200rpm. The engine is manufactured in the Norton plant itself. The ignition system is Euro 4 compliant. The engine is provided with dry sump lubrication. The entire body is made of carbon fibre.
The bike is suitably designed to be ridden in urban traffic conditions with ease. The superior design of the cafe racer makes its handling through dense traffic smooth. The extremely durable double cradle frame gives the necessary strength to the bike and infuses confidence in the rider to drive through any tricky situation.
Both the front and rear wheels are 17 inches in diameter. The bike comes with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. The front wheel is supported by twin 320mm disc brake and the rear wheel is bolstered with 220mm disc plate.
The instrument cluster contains features such as speedometer, tachometer, trip meter, odometer and fuel gauge. Features are there in the bike for the convenience of the rider such as engine kill switch, pass lights and auto start. The Norton Dominator is based on the vintage model. It is almost certain that this bike is a perfect blend of timeless class and a modern bike, fitted with all the modern features.
The masculine Headlamp is halogen in nature and the rear tail lamp is LED in nature.
The price tag of the bike will be anything between 20 to 22 lakh rupees. It is beyond any doubt that the price tag is rather on the heavier side. Yet if one objectively follows the proceedings, then one thing can be said for sure, this bike packs value for money as per our desi conventions. One thing can be said for sure, the Norton Dominator will be warmly welcomed by its target audience.