1974 Norton Commando 850
Price: $14 000 ≈ €12866 ≈ £11043
Item location: Silver City, New Mexico, US
1974 Norton Commando Roadster MK2 At 12,529 original miles this is a low milage 47 year old classic Norton. The restoration was performed with the objective of keeping the machine as near original as possible inside and out. Where possible all original nuts and bolts and other fittings were retained. New nuts and bolts and fittings were used where required; however, they are direct in kind replacements. There was no wholesale replacement of these items with non OEM stainless steel fittings. Some upgrades were made; however, without compromising the look, feel and sound of a Commando (see below for a list of work done). Serious buyers are welcome to come see the bike or have it inspected. The union jack color scheme design is an original 1974 offering from the factory and was this Norton”s original livery. Included with this bike are the following manuals and books related to this restoration: Norton Motorcycles 850-750 Workshop Manual Norton Motorcycles 850 Commando Parts List Norton Motorcycles 850 Commando Riders Manual Hanyes Norton Owner's Workshop Manual Norton Twin Restoration, By Roy Bacon Norton Commando Super Profile by Jeff Clew Changes: The few changes made from the original during the bike”s restoration were “bolt-ins” ie. they can be unbolted and the original parts substituted. These changes were: A cosmetic change was the replacement of the original air cleaner with a dashboard with key and K&N filter. The original air cleaner is an easy replacement and comes with the bike (no wiring changes were made). When the master cylinder and caliper were rebuilt a new SS reinforce line was installed. The original hydraulic line and fittings come with the bike and are a direct replacement for the SS line. When the head was rebuilt, new SS reinforced oil lines and banjos were installed on the head. The original plastic lines and banjos come with the bike and can be directly substituted. The chain oiler was removed. The original chain oiler and line come with the bike. Restoration: This Norton was completely dismantled to the last nut and bolt. The following are the major items performed: Engine: >The engine was rebuilt: new rod insert bearings, rings, gaskets and seals. No problems were found when the crank was disassembled and checked for fatigue and wear. New crank bolts were used when reassembled. >Points, condenser, plugs and plug wires replaced. >The head was rebuilt with new guides, seals and gaskets and the cylinders honed and block painted by Expert Motorcycles in Hobart Indiana. >Cases painted and aluminum cases were buffed. >Amal carburetors rebuilt, new throttle cable and choke cable installed. >New period reverse cone mufflers were installed. Transmission: >The transmission was rebuilt. >New clutch friction plates installed. >New gaskets and seals installed. >New drive sprocket installed. >Aluminum cases buffed. Chassis: >Frame was stripped, checked for fatigue (no cracks or bends were found) and repainted. >Forks rebuilt, new seals and gators. >Original SS fenders were buffed. >Tail light fixture repainted with new NOS lens installed. >Front rim reused, rear rim replaced with new spoke nuts. Additional new rim comes with bike. >New inner tube rim tapes, BikeMaster 4.10X19 Inner Tubes and Dunlop RoadMaster 4.10-19 TT100 K81 tires were fitted. Wheels were balanced before installation. >New Rear brake drum/sprocket was installed with new cush drive buffer rubbers. >New NOS correct Norton seat installed, Original Grab bar and mounting hardware come with bike. >New rubber covers installed on all foot pegs, shifter and kick starter. >New coated gas tank installed with new gas cap, petcocks and fuel lines. The original gas tank comes with the bike. Electrical: >New battery installed, (this is smaller than the original and clamped into place). The original strap comes with bike. >No electrical modifications were made to either chassis or engine electrical systems. The original wiring harnesses were found to be in fine condition for continued service. Any switches, contacts or connectors that were not working were replaced. Additionally, new correct Lucas flasher and hydraulic brake pressure sensor were installed. A new boot for covering the brake sensor at the handle bar end is included with the bike. >NOS turn single stalks, lenses installed. >Turn singles, headlight and tail/brake light function properly as do the headlight housing idiot lights. Lubricants:>All filters are new and engine transmission and fork oils are new. Conclusion:This restored 1974 Norton Commando is ready for the new owner. We have reserved it for the new owner to put gas in the tank and be the first to start and ride the bike or if they prefer to display the machine.The bike has the patina of an old machine and part of this is the authentic discoloring of original steel nuts, bolts and other original hardware that it was built with. While in our care for the last 35 years the bike has always been garage kept. Serious inquiries welcomed. Shipping or Pickup:If the bike is to be shipped it is the responsibility of of the buyer to arrange for the shipping. If the carrier will not take the original parts offered with the bike, then we will box them and it is the responsibility of the buyer to pay for the shipping cost. We will assist the carrier when pickup is made. Conditions of Sale: The bike is sold as used with no warranty, where is as is. No returns accepted. If you cannot inspect the bike, feel free to have an independent inspector come to look at it, we will assist where possible.Payment:A non-refundable PayPal deposit of $500.00 is required within 24 hours and the full payment within seven days. PayPal, Cashier's check (check must clear before pickup), or cash on pickup Buyer will have three weeks to pick up bike.