50th Anniversary Norton Commando California

Norton will be releasing three special editions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Norton Commando. A bike that was so loved in the UK that MCN readers voted it ‘Bike of the Year’ for 5 years running.

“We’re going to build 50 numbered editions of each Commando model for the anniversary,” says Garner. “The Café Racer, the Sport and the California will all be pimped-out with all our polished and carbon special parts, then we’ll discount them back to the price of the standard model as a bit of a thank you for all the support that’s enabled us to have a 50th anniversary. It’s just us giving a little something back. They’re available now, on a first-come first served basis, and each limited edition bike will also have its unique build number etched onto the clock face.”

The three 50th Anniversary special editions are available to order now. The California will stay in the range alongside the Sport and Café Racer once the specials are sold out, but this version will not include the upgrades or numbered exclusivity of the special edition.

I’m certainly liking the look of the new California, a model that harks back to the halcyon days of 1970’s California. Not that I was around in California back then, or in the 1970’s for that matter. I’m a child of the 80’s and all that entails which included watching swathes of films and TV shows (mostly re-runs at the weekend) that depicted beautiful coastlines, beautiful people and beautiful motorcycles. The new Norton California certainly ticks those boxes for me.

Take a look at the gallery below and let us know what you think.


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