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I love my 2015 Commando 961SE. See no reason to get rid of it. I'm 71 & I'll just wait knowing that my son will be able to get good money for it 20 years from now! I still have a 2003 Aprilia Tuono & a new 2020 BMW R9T Pure. plenty of stuff to ride!!
 

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I'd buy another one (I already have a 2014/15 Commando Sport) if I could find it at a fire sale price, but not many for sale right now here in the US, and the ones I've seen are way overpriced. Lately I've seen one for $14K, one for $17K, two at $20K, and one at no price listed, but obviously expensive. I bought mine with 400 miles on it, and in almost perfect condition, for under $10K, so I'd have to see something below that to make it look like a bargain to me. But I'll keep watching, just in case.

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Same here Ken, I would love a Dominator and if they started to appear here at rock bottom prices I think I would snap one up.
 

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I'd buy another one (I already have a 2014/15 Commando Sport) if I could find it at a fire sale price, but not many for sale right now here in the US, and the ones I've seen are way overpriced. Lately I've seen one for $14K, one for $17K, two at $20K, and one at no price listed, but obviously expensive. I bought mine with 400 miles on it, and in almost perfect condition, for under $10K, so I'd have to see something below that to make it look like a bargain to me. But I'll keep watching, just in case.

Ken
I’ve found a Domi Naked for sale and also a Domi SS. Both here in the states.
I already have a Naked. The SS i would consider buying.
 
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I`d say keep it .................they`re not making anymore so in theory it will be a limited edition ??? (wishful thinking)

Mine , a silver 961 sport has 700+ miles on it after 2 years ownership .

I do have a couple of Tuono s and Harley s (keep this to yourselves , I always go back to the Tuono)

The Norton has the looks and all the top pieces of kit plus , people on this site to keep you afloat if and when your ICON mess`s up
 
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You can always buy a original OMEX or SC ECU and get the software and interface cabling from these companies. Like say iwilson and lcrken did with the SCS Delta 400 . The SCS Delta 400 would be a direct fit to the 2015 and earlier SC bikes and you will have access to your ODB2 port for quick roadside scanning if need be. I am lucky because I can always ask David Coote for help with either OMEX or SC platform . He has software , maps and cabling for both ! Maybe Richard-7 can fill us in ? Thanks to Cootes again.
 
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I'm not so concerned about the ecu as I am about the darn throttle control valve which would appear you daren't touch without it going out of calibration and needing to be sent back to the supplier, even Norton themselves won't touch it.
I never understood the mystery around this. When mine was sent back to Jenvey for re-calibration I phoned them to find out what they did to it. They said they set the vacuum to between 0.25 and 0.3 bar and I'm pretty sure they agreed that I could do it myself with a synchrometer (£35 on eBay).
 

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I never understood the mystery around this. When mine was sent back to Jenvey for re-calibration I phoned them to find out what they did to it. They said they set the vacuum to between 0.25 and 0.3 bar and I'm pretty sure they agreed that I could do it myself with a synchrometer (£35 on eBay).
I believe Norton required the re calibration from Jenvey just to cover their asses legally.

If the owner screws with the throttle bodies – producing a state where the mixture goes so lean that detonation of seizure occurs, Norton does not want to bear responsibility for warranty work. If the throttle bodies are re-synced by Jenvey, this removes any liability from Norton, since they have warned that the TB’s must be synced by Jenvey to operate properly and safely.

Let's go back 50 years ago, and you just bought a new 750 Commando.
You add Dunstall exhaust and re-jet the carbs, but you screw-up, and the bike runs real lean.
The engine is damaged, you take it in for warranty work - what does the dealer tell you.
Hey you are responsible, you modified the exhaust and carb jetting, the factory will not honor your warranty claim.
 
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My guess is even if they fold, these bikes are will garner (no pun intended) an interest if folks that know how to design parts and will be desirable like any other British classic. Its exclusivity has always been a plus.
 

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My guess is even if they fold, these bikes are will garner (no pun intended) an interest if folks that know how to design parts and will be desirable like any other British classic. Its exclusivity has always been a plus.
The 961 is a more substantial platform than the old 750/850 was, so it will have much better longevity mechanically.
The problem is that there are so few produced compared to the 750/850 that it will be difficult to convince suppliers to produce replacement parts for it.
With some 50,000 750/850 produced, and a fair number still in active use, there is a small but reasonable market for parts suppliers.
We really don't really know how many 961's were produced/sold, so there is know way of knowing if suppliers will support it.

As some on the forum have already suggested, building a database of information on the 961's component parts and where they were sourced from will help future efforts to procure need replacement parts.
 
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The 961 is a more substantial platform than the old 750/850 was, so it will have much better longevity mechanically.
The problem is that there are so few produced compared to the 750/850 that it will be difficult to convince suppliers to produce replacement parts for it.
With some 50,000 750/850 produced, and a fair number still in active use, there is a small but reasonable market for parts suppliers.
We really don't really know how many 961's were produced/sold, so there is know way of knowing if suppliers will support it.

As some on the forum have already suggested, building a database of information on the 961's component parts and where they were sourced from will help future efforts to procure need replacement parts.
I was basically referring to collectors who customize and manufacture their own unobtainium parts in machine shops. Not parts suppliers manufacturing parts for the common owner.
 
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With Cad/Cam and CNC and later 3D metal printing the parts situation should not be dire, when you consider all the fake stuff Norton were buying the it may even improve.
 

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I believe Norton required the re calibration from Jenvey just to cover their asses legally.
Possibly, although the manual that I bought from Norton in 2013 describes how to strip the throttle body and then how to set the idle speed - "Turn the adjuster screw to obtain the slowest smooth idle speed".
 

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Does anyone also have a Triumph Thruxton/Bonneville to measure up the engine against the Norton frame? I quite fancy a 1200 Triton.....
 
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"Hmmmm, It may soon be time to get one" said the vulture circling overhead
Just out of interest, is there a best year to go for? I'm assuming it has to be a mk11 and guessing that, knowing Norton, it's not as simple as latest is best.
 
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