Lot 1903


1975 Norton 850cc Commando
Reg. no. HRV 819N
Frame no. F 130391
Engine no. 314363
The Norton Commando was produced by the Norton motorcycle company from 1967 until 1977. The OHV pre-unit parallel-twin engine, initially having a 750cc displacement, in 1973 became an 850cc. It had a hemi-type head, like all OHV Norton engines since the early 1920s. During its 10 year production life, the Commando was popular all over the world, despite its slightly old-fashioned pre-unit engine and gearbox arrangement, and the fact that the British motorcycle industry as a whole was in decline. In the United Kingdom it won the Motor Cycle News \"Machine of the Year\" award for five successive years from 1968-1972. The Commando was different from previous Nortons in that the engine, gearbox and swing-arm assembly were bolted together and isolated from the frame by special rubber mountings; this was called the ‘Isolastic’ system, and if maintained properly successfully got rid of the vibrations normally associated with the twin-cylinder format.
This 1975 Commando was restored in 2012 and remains in good condition. It has also been fitted with the sensible upgrades of electronic ignition and an upgraded front disc brake. It comes with some bills plus a V5c.

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£6,000 - 7,000

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