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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby lcgtr » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:17 am

I dont suppose your painter wrote down the formula to the paint while he was mixing it up did he?
Mine is an S and is supposed to be this color and I dont have any original paint to get it matched too.
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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby 72westie » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:23 pm

Hey, just saw your post. I didn't ask him for the paint codes, I picked up a nos side cover out of NZ I think and my guy matched it. I don't have any use for that cover if you want to buy it and match off if that.


I have been doing some parts swapping with my other '70 commando. I am trying to make one real nice/stock and the other one will be a nice rider/cafe machine.

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby DogT » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:32 pm

Nice purple one westie, could you tell us a bit about it?

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby 72westie » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:29 am

Dog,
The purple one started out as this one:

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and it has become this:

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I have removed some correct parts from my newly acquired yellow '70 and thrown them on the Purple beast to make it as stock as I could without spending more money. :D
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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby DogT » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:21 am

Yeah, it looks like you've got all the correct 69/70 parts on it. Even the front fender. Is the rear fender an early one too? I'd like to find a rear one that has the mounting point between the shocks since my original one is a mess. I stuck a 71 rear fender on mine, so it's not quite correct, but most people don't know. You should slap some decals on it. Steadfast has some tank decals that have the wide gold outline and the Commando 750 Roadster for the panels are available too. Just make sure they are parallel to the ground, not the top of the panel. Get vinyl ones, the rub-on ones gather dirt and dust.

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby 72westie » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:03 pm

I have decals for the tank and sidecover, but I haven't found the correct 'Roadster' sidecover ones yet. Getting the timing set has been a real adventure right now. I plan on getting the tank ones on soon, but I may have some sidecover ones made up how I want them
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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby DogT » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:42 pm

I made up some artwork for my panels and have some stencils cut, picking them up tomorrow. She really suggested just using vinyl stick-ons, but I wanted to try my hand at 2-tone stencils for the panels and tank like B+Bogus did. We'll see. I got some nice vinyl stick-ons from NZ, if you want their info, I'll get it. They probably have everything, they had all the 'S' items. The red is supposed to be gold, it was just easy to do red in photoshop. I can also get my stencil maker to make up vinyl ones too.

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby concours » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:45 pm

I bought a chopper 24 years ago, (promptly UN-chopped it), turned out the Lucas rectangular halogen lamps mounted were from a Shelby Mustang, 20 years of sitting on my shelf netted me a surprising lump of ebay mad money!
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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby 72westie » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:32 pm

Bring this back up from the dead. I have a guy who is interested in buying it and was just wondering what you guys would think a fair value of this beast is? Here is a quick run-down of the major points on it.

1970 750 Roadster. I am the 3rd owner. 11K actual miles. Repainted back to stock color and new decals sourced.
New Amal Premier carbs, New Boyer Ignition, New tympanium, New Dunlop K70's, new std bore pistons.
All numbers match. Stock wheels. 71+ front fender. Most of the aluminum has been polished, not a show polish.

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby concours » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:53 pm

72westie wrote:Bring this back up from the dead. I have a guy who is interested in buying it and was just wondering what you guys would think a fair value of this beast is? Here is a quick run-down of the major points on it.

1970 750 Roadster. I am the 3rd owner. 11K actual miles. Repainted back to stock color and new decals sourced.
New Amal Premier carbs, New Boyer Ignition, New tympanium, New Dunlop K70's, new std bore pistons.
All numbers match. Stock wheels. 71+ front fender. Most of the aluminum has been polished, not a show polish.


As crazy a place as Fleabay is, doing a search for "Norton Commando", then choose 'motorcycles" and then "completed auctions" and see what stuff has actually SOLD for. Different, agreed, they ( a local buyer) can see/touch/hear/ride your bike, but it's a benchmark, at least. GLWS
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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby lomaxcm » Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:36 pm

R Model Tony wrote:There's only colour better than Fire Flake Roman Purple...

Errr... wait... No there ain't....

(flame suit on) :mrgreen:

I can hardly wait to see your finished beauty/project!! Good on ya!

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I don't know if it is the lighting or what, But that has to be the neatest factory paint job outside my 84 BMW R100RS. Just WOW!!!!

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby DogT » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:35 pm

If I were to sell mine, I'd be at around $7K, but of course I'd loose money on that. Probably depends on what you can document on the work/mileage too. Bottom line is what someone will pay/wants bad enough.

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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby 72westie » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:51 pm

We are at around 6k for it. I feel it's fair for both parties.
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Re: New to me. 1970 750 Roadster

Postby Rohan » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:07 pm

Someone was showing a near basket case 1970 here the other day, at $5k.

And someone asking $500 for a pair of sidecovers....

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