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750 project bike

Discussion in 'For Sale' started by Jerry Doe, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Jerry Doe

    Jerry Doe Admin

    May 21, 2003

    I am posting this ad for my good friend Mark: (714) 724-0486
    Located in S. California

    Its a 750 commando that needs a rebuild. Mark has it on CL for $2800, but will accept $2500 or best offer. He is also open to swap for anything interesting.

    The motor turns and gearbox shifts. Please contact Mark for more details at the phone number above.

    Here are more details and photos:
    Removed broken link

    Please dont contact me about it,

    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2019
  2. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    Serial 20M3S 145941

    Thanks Jerry for posting this I would definitely like to see this bike go to someone in the Norton world for sure I have other pictures if you're interested
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
  3. Mwood7800


    Jul 26, 2017
    Price seems high
  4. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    Are you just commenting globally or are you interested? If you are feel free to contact me I am negotiable
  5. swooshdave


    Apr 15, 2009
    I don't think it's a 1972 model. Maybe it was registered in 72 but serial number seems earlier. Good luck, that is a very rough looking bike.
  6. o0norton0o

    o0norton0o VIP MEMBER

    Apr 27, 2015
    Whoever restores that bike will have the greatest "before" restoration pictures ever .... :D
  7. batrider


    Aug 9, 2008
    If someone posts an item for sale it is not cool to complain about the price here. I sure wouldn't appreciate it. Send a PM to the original poster if this is a form of negotiating.
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  8. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    Thanks bat Rider I agree but I also do agree that the price probably is high but I also did say I'm negotiable... and bikes in worse condition than this have been restored to various degrees of Excellence that being said...... haters will hate
  9. RoadScholar

    RoadScholar VIP MEMBER

    Dec 28, 2008
    Looks like a '71, and makes me wish I was younger; a great challenge, no surprises, needs everything. Even the people that rebuild light bulbs and Reynolds chains would be forced to do it right.

    I think this is an excellent opportunity and wish the seller all the best. Thanks for posting. And just to be clear, I am too old and way too busy to be a player here; if it does come to the East Coast I am happy to help the new buyer.

  10. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
    The thing is, if something is only just unserviceable, it needs replacing... and if something is totally FUBAR’d, it needs replacing.

    If fork seals are a bit pitted, they need replacing... and if they are totally rusted out, they need replacing.

    My point is, in many ways, once a bike has passed that tipping point of need a full resto it kinda doesn’t make much difference until it gets into ‘dragged out of a swamp’ condition. It might look worse, but the time and cost to restore ain’t gonna be very different to a donor bike costing more.

    The seller is negotiable at $2500, so let’s assume he could be bartered down to $2000.

    Or you could have this slightly shinier one, that still needs restoring, for nearly $6000...

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  11. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

    Jan 15, 2008
    There will ALWAYS be a market for basket cases and rolling projects; some people are just getting into doing it themselves, and they won't be dissuaded. It's just a matter of coming to terms and a deal will go down.
  12. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    Price lowered to 2300....
  13. Time Warp

    Time Warp .......back to the 70's. VIP MEMBER

    Dec 3, 2012
    That bike is a 1971 based on the number.

    Since this is a worldwide public message board and I am reading it all the way down here in Australia.

    The pictures say US$900 bike and high risk. ($1800 is my guess)
    You can ask any price you like, you can be negotiable down to $1 but where is the detail ?
    That Norton is one of 1000's left outside to rot because no one cared, it probably would have gone to the tip 20 odd years ago.

    Sure someone might get it going or restore it and have US$10000 in it and a return at sale of a lot less than that.

    Why not take the time to describe the actual condition ?

    Does the cylinder head have any bent or broken fins ? junk if so.
    Same for the barrel/cylinder.
    The engine cases. ?
    How is the frame. ?
    The gearbox casing. ?
    The wheel hubs. ?
    The fuel tank. ?
    The front fork lowers. ?
    Matching numbers ? - frame - engine - gearbox.

    Because that is all someone is buying.... The vultures will be circling once the price starts dropping within days of the listing I might add. :D
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019
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  14. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    They were circling the day it was posted :)
  15. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    And FYI the number when I Googled came up as a 72 there seems to be quite a few 20m3S lists with differentiating info one site said this number fell into production racing Engine numbers
  16. Deckard


    Jun 18, 2009
    Yes, definitely a 1971 serial number. Built in the early part of '71 as the engine s/n moved from the front of the drive side case to the side around 145XXX. An interesting feature is the original Avon front tire. The side stand does not look original, but most of the '71's fell off anyway. Hopefully not a universal clamp on that crimped the frame.
    This would be a complete tear down, but I like that year. Got one myself in pieces in the cellar, so one's enough :)
  17. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

    Nov 20, 2004
    Can you say where as there's a lot of inaccurate information out there.

    145xxx would almost certainly be early '71 as others have said. The appoximate date of manufacture is usually stamped on the headstock certification plate.

    Looks like a Roadster not a Fastback.

    This is a classic example because you have misunderstood the information which isn't surprising as there's so much data missing from that list it is misleading.

    I believe you are referring to this entry: "145183 1971 750 Production Racer Last production racer produced in June 1971"

    Which simply states that "145183" was "a Production Racer" not that Commandos from 145183-on were all or mainly Production racers.

    Here is a more detailed and therefore far more accurate list:
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
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  18. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    Thank you I was pretty sure it wasn't a production racer of course but it just was confusing either way thanks for all of the input from everyone the bike is going back to England I sold it this morning so she's going home to the motherland!
  19. Markdam


    Mar 7, 2019
    SOLD.... thanks for everyone's contribution
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  20. swooshdave


    Apr 15, 2009

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