Castle Donington, UK – Norton Motorcycles reached its most important U.S. milestone this week with receipt the EPA’s Certificate of Conformity for its model year 2013 Commando 961 series of motorcycles. With the approval in hand, the EPA’s certification process for the U.S. of the Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer, 961 Sport and 961 SE models is complete.
In September Norton announced the successful durability testing carried out by its laboratory in the U.S. to ensure compliance with EPA and CARB exhaust, noise and evaporative emissions. The issuance of the EPA Certificate of Conformity confirms federal emission standards compliance and testing approval.
Whilst this news may seem a bit boring and technical in nature, it is a major hurdle for a small specialty manufacturer, and the first approval sought by the new Norton Motorcycles for the USA. Finally, and critically important to Norton is the California Air Resources Board review and approval, which typically follows EPA certification by two or three months.
The factory, located within the Donington Grand Prix Circuit, is ready to begin production of U.S. and Canadian 2013 models for these key markets. Visit www.nortonmotorcycles.com for all the latest news about Norton Motorcycles.
Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.