Norton reveals new Dominator ‘Naked’

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.
Naked Norton Dominator

Norton’s Dominator has been updated with a new look that includes a stripped-back bare frame and matt finish for 2017.

The new Dominator ‘Naked’ features an unpainted frame that’s purposefully designed to show the welds off and give a stripped-back, hand built style to the Domi.

Fresh from the successful launch of the new 200bhp Norton V4 RR, and the sell-out limited-edition run of 200 Norton V4 SS, the Norton Dominator Naked was revealed at last week’s Motorcycle Live show, but we caught up with it this week at the firm’s East Midlands factory.

Norton CEO Stuart Garner said: “We wanted this bike to show just how different you can make the Dominator. Our customers love the Dominator and its high-quality finish, but we wanted to create a really different feel with the Naked. It was a knock-out success at the show last week.”

Taking a new frame stripped back to bare metal, the firm lacquers over the top of the bare steel, and has also sanded back the carbon-fibre to give a matt finish.

The hand-made aluminium petrol tank, made on site at Norton’s Donington Hall HQ, is usually polished by hand, but with the Naked the tank has been sanded back to give a matt and worn finish, along with the front mudguard and rear carbon-fibre hugger.

The bike uses the standard 961cc parallel twin engine, upside-down Ohlins front forks, Brembo brakes and low café racer style clip-on handlebars.

The bike will soon be on display in Norton’s new London clothing store.

Details of the new Norton Dominator
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