1975 Norton Commando Mk3
Price: $10 500 ≈ €9644 ≈ £8268
Item location: La Canada Flintridge, California, US
Seller notes: Lowest mileage vintage Norton Commando anywhere - REBUILT/FRESH - starts easy, runs strong.
|Color:||John Player Racing Colours|
If you've ever dreamed of owning and riding a cool vintage British bike, this Norton Commando is the bike for you!
It's the Mk 3, 850cc Norton Commando with LEFT SHIFT (like most bikes sold in the USA), and factory ELECTRIC START. No having to adjust to confusing & possibly dangerous 'wrong-side' shifting nor repeatedly kick-starting the beast.
This particular Commando is a very interesting bike. I own several vintage cars & bikes, and I was obsessed for years about owning & riding a Norton Commando. Due to this bike only having one owner, 3805 miles, original (not repro!) tank, and the left shift/electric start - to me, this was finally THE bike to have. When I eventually received the bike it went into my warehouse and I got busy with other things, other bikes and other cars. Out of sight, out of mind. Now, I'm obsessed about another motorcycle and a couple of bikes in my collection have to go - regrettably, I'm going to let this one go.
You'll probably not find another vintage Norton Commando with this low miles, in such great mechanical condition.
As to mechanical condition, I bought this bike from a master motorcycle mechanic who, despite the low mileage, basically rebuilt and freshened all mechanicals: motor, starter, forks, brakes, etc. I bought the bike through MotoAuct for $10,900 including commission. Previous to purchase, I saw documentary photos of the mechanical restoration as well as videos of the bike running magnificently with close-ups of the carb meters balanced right on the money. This bike is a good runner and strong! All electricals (headlight, turn indicators, brake lights, speedo & tach lights, work with the exception of the horn). Overall, the bike is very original - the original paint on the fuel tank and a bit on one side cover is faded and there are what appear to be rock chips on the front facing panels of the tank. Other than that, the bike is very presentable! That low, low mileage and fresh mechanicals are incomparable.
Here's the description of the work done on this Norton Commando by the seller from whom I got the bike, directly copied from the site where I bought the motorcycle... (a video of the bike running is available, see below).I got the bike from the original owner. It has just over 3000 original miles on the clock. The bike sat for a good 30 years. 100 percent mechanical restoration. Genuine Andover Norton Spares throughout.
Crank out rebuild.- new rod bearings just because I was in there weren't needed.- Cylinder was honed
- New standard piston rings- Lightly polished camshaft and rockers (all in excellent condition)- Head was totally gone through and rebuilt. Seats lightly cut and lapped one valve was replaced. New springs and bronze guides.
- All new seals/gaskets- All new oil lines proper herringbone from Andover. (except the breather I reused)- Stainless rocker shaft end caps and screws- Lightweight aluminum exhaust collar nuts with special well made tool to remove and install them.
- All covers polished- Carbs fully rebuilt and tuned.
- New 4 brush high output modern starter (smaller and lighter than original)- I also rebuilt the original prestolite starter and have a spare set of brushes because I'm crazy. It's been bench tested and works great.- New sprag clutch- Anti-backfire mechanism set/tested- I have not tested the starter system yet as I've wanted engine to run in a bit so just been kicking it.- rest of primary was just disassembled and cleaned. It was all in excellent condition.
- Polished cover.
- Both calipers polished and fully rebuilt with stainless pistons and (polished) plugs.
- Stainless rear master cylinder- All new brake lines front and back- Rebuilt front master cylinder- Restored rotors- New wheel bearings- New Dunlops correct 4.10 x 19 both front and rear.
- Wheel and disc true as could be with dial indicator- All black parts around masters were blasted and repainted as part of rebuilding with high temp chemical resistant paint for braking systems.
- Front forks rebuilt. Lowers polished. New Stanchions all new bushings, seals, sealing washers etc. New andover fork gaiters.
- Rear shocks are new. Emgo reproduction.
- Isolastics all good- Frame paint is all original and shines great. It was power buffed with a power drill and a bunch of buff attachments. Still has original decals for oil etc.
- I did not do anything to the gearbox internally. With such low mileage and based on the state of everything else I saw. I drained it down and did a fluid service.- Also ended up pulling the outer cover off to sort a few things out and did new gaskets and polished the cover at that time.
Electrical:- New cloth bound wiring harness- New assimilator
- New motobatt battery ( with charging pigtail wired in a nice hidden accessible spot since it's a pain to get to battery.)- handlebar switches all cleaned and rebuilt / restored.- New regulator/rectifier podtronix unit with capacitor.
- New plug wires
- Paint is all original john player scheme
- Tank was lined professionally by me and when I do this it takes a full entire weekend I do not cut corners. Lifetime. I only do this for myself. Proven success.- New lucas headlight bucket and fork ears.
- Left side panel was missing when I got the bike and it's from a 74 model but it's an original hand painted cover to match the rest of the original hand painted stripes.
- Gauges were restored/repainted to match h bar switches- triples blasted and repainted
- handlebars are Norton P11 bars- exhaust pipes are commando "S" pipes.
Here's the video of the bike running 'spot on', provided by the seller when I bought the bike. It's an easy starting bike, a strong runner. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3vLFVLhzoJ/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet%20https://www.instagram.com/p/B3sXZbehqjO/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet%20https://www.instagram.com/p/B1KF-pJhSh3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
This '75 850cc Mk3 Commando is located in Pasadena, California. The bike is in my warehouse, safe/dry storage until pick-up by your transporter is no problem.