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'73 vs. '74 850

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Danno, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Onder

    Onder

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    My 850 MkII Feb 74 has early type swinging arm, no plugs, RH10 head, non baffled
    airbox, black barrels, grid type seat cover. Seat foam thick but too soft.
     
  2. gortnipper

    gortnipper VIP MEMBER

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    My April 74mk2 has later swing arm w/ plugs and RH10.
     
  3. illf8ed

    illf8ed

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    Dec 30, 2003
    '73 had silver barrels while '74 had black barrels. It's been suggested '73 went back to previous silver barrels to show it wasn't a combat.
     
  4. HRD

    HRD

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    Mar 21, 2011
    Interesting that the air filter is non baffled,are you the original owner ?Also re seat is the bike Roadster or Interstate .
     
  5. maylar

    maylar VIP MEMBER

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    My Aug 74 Roadster does not have a baffled airbox plate either. Original owner.
     
  6. maylar

    maylar VIP MEMBER

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    I believe that. I once brought my new 74 to a pub and some dude kept insisting that it was a combat.
     
  7. illf8ed

    illf8ed

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    Yes black barrel equals combat, it was marketed that way. Black barrel got a bad name. Yet for me the combat roadster is the Commando to have.
     

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