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Commando 'R'

Postby DogT » Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:52 pm

Anyone restored one or even have one?

I need a new project.

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby nortriubuell » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:07 pm

Well, it's not an "R" but checkout the ebay item #1106 1404 8443 that I sold on ebay in November. The guy who bought it has paid in full, but he lives in Australia !!! This being a non-titled bike ... is going to cause him additional "issues" (grief) To title it in your state, maybe not so bad though. If your interested, I could put you in contact with him and maybe you two can make a deal. I have a gearbox and a good set of Z-plates I might sell with it too. If you want a PROJECT ... this might be just the one. WHAT GREAT BEFORE ... AND AFTER PICTURES it would make too, EH ???
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby dave M » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:30 pm

Dave, There is one featured in the December issue of The Classic Motorcycle Magazine printed in the UK. If you can't get a copy let me know and I will try to scan the article for you. I do however have to say that this featured bike has quite a few non-original parts and incorrect decals, colour scheme etc. I wrote to the magazine highlighting the items I myself noted as inaccurate and had a reply back from the editor saying he would inform the builder. There is a photo of an R-type in some of the Norton promotional material from the period.

It looks like we are both in the same boat, having finished one project and now nothing but time on our hands! I am doing a Dunstall equipped 750 cafe racer as my next project, as I fancy something a bit different and already have a few of the relevant Dunstall parts in stock. Dare I mention that I am also doing a complete restoration of 1965 Tr---ph that was given to me recently. Why not have a look around at what Norton projects are available for reasonable money in your area and then simply build the model that you desire out of it, lets face it apart from tank and seat and some details the basic Commando platform is almost identical and you will probably save quite a bit of money over seeking out something relatively rare and complete.

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby Diablouph » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:15 pm

I saw a man on the street hitting himself in the head with a hammer. I stopped and asked "doesn't it hurt hitting yourself in the head with that hammer". Yes was his reply. Then why do you hit yourself in the head with the hammer, I asked.

He replyed: "Because it feels so good when I stop".

P.S. Do you, by any chance mean the Fastback L.R.?
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby DogT » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:44 am

I'm not sure I would actually do it, but it is an idea. If I did, I'd probably take an old fastback and re-do it into the R.

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby Danno » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:13 am

I take it an "R" is a pre-Roadster with Berliner's buckhorn bars?

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby DogT » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:37 am

Actually it's a pre-roadster, built from the original fastback with the side oil tank instead of the central one and with the camshaft points. Probably built between the first fastback and the S and Roadster models. I think only about 500 of them were made and they were probably all converted to something else.

http://www.andover-norton.co.uk/NCRModel.htm

nortribuell, I think I'll just keep my eyes open, I'm not in a rush, the boss just bought a new car too.

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby L.A.B. » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:50 am

DogT wrote:Actually it's a pre-roadster, built from the original fastback with the side oil tank instead of the central one and with the camshaft points.


No camshaft points on the R model, at least, not the early ones (look at the R photos) only the S (20M3S) models had camshaft points initially-which was necessary because the high level S exhaust system would have made access to the original 20M3 "magneto position" points housing almost impossible without removing the S exhaust system first.
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby prmurat » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:46 am

Was the gas tank made specially for this model?
Metal or fiberglass !
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby possm » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:18 pm

tank was fibreglass, points were behind the engine [mag position], i came across one years ago but being young and stupid i passed it up, i have never seeen it again.
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby DogT » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:44 pm

Spares book lists the same tank number for the R as the S, 061108 or 10 depending on Red or Blue. I'm sure it was a hybrid from the original commando (fastback) with magneto located points, tach drive off the cam (thanks L.A.B.) and the S or early (pre-71) Roadster.

Interesting that possm has seen one, they are rarely mentioned, not that they need to be, kind of like the Norton Edsel.

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby rightshiftrick » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:26 pm

The only one I have seen in the flesh was a Red/Silver one at Daytona a few years back. Very much like a Fastback with the exception of Tank, seat, and tail. Looked like the same tank as on my early '70 Roadster. Can't remember if it had the silver flake on the tail light housing like the 'S' and early flake roadsters. I took some pics, but can't seem to find them at this time.
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby possm » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:58 pm

In the 1980's and 1990's There a number of people bring bikes from the U.S.A. over to here [NewZealand] by the container load. Think that was how the R got here. I had a P11 Ranger for about 15 years same applys got it off a guy that brought a continer in [only 499 Rangers built].
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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby prmurat » Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:42 pm

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Re: Commando 'R'

Postby R Model Tony » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:32 pm

That's my "R" Type in the article that Philippe posted. 8)

It's pretty much dead stock, restored it myself.

What would you like to know?

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