Is this a good deal?

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Hi

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 0094823145

I am looking to buy my first Norton. I really like the cafe racer style and currently own a ducati monster. I was hoping that I may be able to get a little advice from some of you Norton Commando pros on here. Do you think this bike is a good deal? is it worth anything? Do customized Nortons hold any value? Also, notice the high mileage 109000, what problems can you forsee?

Thanks in advance for the help, hopefully I will be able to represent Norton over here on this side of the pond shortly!

Ryan
 
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Ryan,
Run away! That guy has no idea what he has and neither do I. Despite his claim of a new battery it is not an electric start. The lack of a front disc brake makes it pre 1972.
Ask questions here. Buy Roy Bacon's Norton Buyer's Guide.

Skip
 
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Not that it looks so bad...but if it is a halfway clean bike that isn't a bitsa you want...agree with Skip. This machine has parts from a range of years, which is essense isn't so bad if all you want it for is to ride it, but as an inventment..not such a smart idea. Numbers will have a bit of trouble matching if I'm right, as the tranny is older, the frame might be a 750, the wheels are older, the motor might be an 850...primary case is a 750...etc...etc. You have to decide what you want...and why you want it. It does have an interesting optic, and would indeed attract attention, though.... :wink:
 
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That bike is definately a bitsa, as any "cafe racer" is. You don't buy a bike like that to have serviced at your local dealer - they probably wouldn't touch it. Purchasing that machine requires you to become a Norton expert. It will never bring "real money" at a sale like an original example. I would expect to be spending some time on it to work out all the bugs that are inevitably waiting to surface.

But I like the bike. Having a good bit of experience with working on Nortons, I wouldn't be afraid to take it on except for the fact that the price has already exceded what I would pay for it.

I've known Michael for 8 years or so. Traded him a running K75C for a non-complete V-7 Sport back in Y2K - that was a good deal!. He's a decent guy and is more interested in moving something out of his inventory than getting top dollar. Good chance he brought that bike back from Daytona.

But I can't recommend buying any motorcycle, much less a Bitsa Custom, without first seeing it in the flesh, hearing it run, and taking it for a test spin.

I've been meaning to give Michael a visit. His shop has more interesting bikes floating through than any museum I've been to, and you can touch & sit on them too! If you would like I'll give this Norton a careful look over and report back.
 
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Thanks for all of the info guys.

Jumpjg, that would be awesome if you could take a look at it for me.
 
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Kiernan has had some very interesting motorcycles for sale on eBay over the past few years. Matchless, Norton P11's etc. I have had no personal dealings with him but he seems to have an eye for interesting bikes!!
 
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Lionstar,
I called up Michael today prior to dropping by his shop. Good thing I did because he wasn't in town. When I spoke to him he was on the road somewhere around Indy, and was heading towards some swap meet taking place tomorrow in Il. I asked about the Cafe Norton you were interested in - he said it was sold, & will be shipping out next Wednesday.

Sorry I couldn't do any better than that.
 
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Lionstar-
That's a wicked looking bike,but I think maybe you dodged a bullet by missing out on it. There is only one good reason I can think of, for trading a not to bad disc brake,for an arguably less than marginal drum. The bike's been wrecked! :( Commando frames are built very light,and subsequently, are quite susceptible to tweaking,especially in a head-on knock. You might not be able to tell,until the bike is stripped.Then it's too late.

There are still lots of decent Commandos out there for around $4000.00. Just keep your eyes,and ears open,and don't let your money burn a hole in your pocket. You'll find a good one! :D

(Just don't wait too long. Prices are going up as I write!)

Cheers!
Bruce
 
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Thanks for all of your help guys, I appreciate all of the advice. I guess I was not meant to have that one! Could be a blessing in disguise. Oh well, someone out there is going to be riding a really cool lookng Norton soon.
 
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