Discussion in 'Motorcycle Related Discussions' started by G Cobb, May 11, 2018.
71 Norton SS total restoration 2015-16 less than 5000 actual miles looks and rides like new
On a good day, $10K
On a typical day, $7,500
On a slow day, $5,000
Always too many variables.
GrandPaul Thank you for your reply. Like everyone I was hoping for it to be a little higher. I always look at the 71 SS that sold At Bonhams auction in 2015 for $16,100 and hope and pray mine would be approx the same. But things are what they are. Thanks again foe your reply.
If you detail it carefully and have it running perfectly, then take it to Bonhams or Mecom on a good day (when 2 or more motivated buyers of that particular year/model are present), you could indeed fetch top dollar!
Short of that, you just never know.
(Oh, don't forget, the auction houses that fetch top dollar also CHARGE SELLERS [and buyers] top dollar)
Again GrandPaul thank you for your reply, well said. Everything has to be figured in transportation, hotel, auction house fees, detailing etc etc and when push comes to shove you still need at least two interested bidders. If you don't sell you still have fees to pay. I love the bike I took the original owner down to pick it up new in 71. My problem is I'm 68 and weigh in at 150 lbs. when it's cold I have a heck of a time kicking it over, and not really interested in adding elect start. Don't have to do anything just playing with idea of selling. Thanks again for your input.
An Alton would resolve this for you... They are very good ...
Thanks oldmikew but I have never heard of an Alton. What is it?
Alton makes an electric starter, Colorado Norton Works also makes one; similar price (not inexpensive).
You can expect a very reasonable offer right here on this forum, in the "For Sale" section, as there are ALWAYS people looking for nice Commandos.
Of course, good photos, in good light, with detail, REALLY help increase your probability of a good sale. (as do notes regarding provenance)
Thank you GrandPaul
People ARE looking for nice motorcycles and will pay top price for a top bike. I have sold several bikes on Craigs List,
one listed on a local vintage Brit bike newsletter and one listed on Norton Owners Club of America website. No fees
for any of these sales and all sold for the listing price. Have a set of well composed photos and a detailed history.
I also installed a cNw electric start on my remaining Commando. While it was expensive, for me it was well worth
it to be able to continue riding as I am 71 and got to the point where I was going to hurt myself trying to start it.
Thanks lazyeye6 that's great information
You never know when someone who couldn't have one when they were new comes along and offers a premium price. Look what happened to the '60's-'70's musclecar market. Everything was selling for double value for awhile for the same reason.
My problem is I'm 68 and weigh in at 150 lbs. when it's cold I have a heck of a time kicking it over, and not really interested in adding elect start. Don't have to do anything just playing with idea of selling. Thanks again for your input.[/QUOTE]
Thats a big problem with folks who buy Commandos they never master how to kick them right, once you get it right they are easy to kick over cold or hot, look into getting a T160 folding kicker from RGM for the Norton they are longer and gives better leverage on the kick which makes it easier to kick over even at a 150 lbs.
I can’t help you there as I’ve not been 150lbs since I was 12years old, and starting a Cdo wasn’t something I did then.
As an adult, having enough weight hasn’t seemed to be an issue for me...!
You are welcome to advertise it at my classifieds site here www.rideclassics.com. I will feature the ad for free and its free to post it. A few bikes have sold.
I would keep it though. In my opinion without seeing the bike, in the described condition its worth at least 12k usd these days.
+1 on the RGM folding kick start. Its much easier to start my 750 with it, cause of my bad back.
I too put a CNW starter on my 74 850, works great. Just can't afford to install them on all of my Commando's. Blew out my right knee last December, nothing left but bone on bone. So, I will be cleaning out the garage.
John in Texas
There is another alternative for the kicking challenged like myself. Automatic compression release. I think Sunset Motors has them. I've seen them work. They work as they are supposed to. They need to be reset before each kick.
I'm going with CNW.
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