The Norton Motorcycle Company is a British motorcycle marque, originally from Birmingham, UK, founded in 1898 as a manufacturer of "fittings and parts for the two-wheel trade". By 1902, they had begun manufacturing motorcycles with bought-in engines. In 1908, a Norton-built engine was added to the range. This began a long series of production of single and eventually twin-cylinder motorcycles, and a long history of racing involvement. After years of being successful one time while getting merged with other brands, Norton history has been a roller coaster ride. In late 2008, Stuart Garner, a UK businessman, bought the rights to Norton from some US concerns and re-launched Norton in its Midlands home at Donington Park.
Remember the intriguing Norton Domiracer retro track bike? Yes, the one with the very loud Moto GP-like exhausts and skimpy looks. If you enjoyed it, you can open a bottle of champagne because Donington Hall is preparing a new production model based on it for 2015. The name of the production racer is Dominator SS and Norton says a lower-spec bike can also be expected in the future, albeit without the SS appendix.
The Dominator SS, a fully homologated road going bike will be privately previewed at an exclusive evening to be held at Donington Hall at the end of January 2015. The Dominator will be an ongoing model for Norton and will be initially launched with the SS limited edition, first only in the UK with 55 Dominator SS bikes. Later in 2015, Norton Motorcycle plans to launch the SS throughout the world. The design of the new Dominator SS will be more or less carried over from the Domiracer café racer, a result of Norton head of design Simon Skinner’s efforts, based on inputs from Norton factory workers.