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John Player

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by fiatfan, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. fiatfan

    fiatfan VIP MEMBER

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    Found some old pics I took, probably in -81 or -82 on a British Bike rally here in Sweden. Took 2 pics of 2 different looking JP Nortons, one of them I think belong to a friend, don´t know which one though.....He had that bike a year or two, it was really a different looking bike and not many knew what it was.
     

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  2. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

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    Both good looking bikes I like the cambray wheels on the second one
     
  3. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

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    first one looks like a MkIII?
     
  4. nortonmews

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    Hi

    I agree with GP, first picture looks like a café racer'd MkIII Interstate with JPN fairing versus the second one of a genuine (or good replica) JPN.
     
  5. illf8ed

    illf8ed

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    There were a very small number of MkIII with the Player body work. It was after John Player no longer sponsored Norton so these were just called 850 cafe racer. I have poster on the wall in my man cave of this machine with the jockey’s foot on the front tire.
     
  6. jimbo

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    I don't think they actually made themo_O. Not super sure though
     
  7. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

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    It has been said that this was just a promotional photo, but I have no real evidence of that claim.

    Also, many folks know and have first-hand knowledge that dealers would jump through hoops to sell bikes that sat too long (like painting them silver)

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  8. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

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    Some were, apparently, but likely not all that many.

    There was "a bunch" of Mk3 JPNs according to Joe Seifert in a previous post but that must have been a little bunch and not a big bunch? :)


    https://www.accessnorton.com/NortonCommando/mk-3-engine-numbers-help-needed.11278/#post-156409
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019
  9. nortonmews

    nortonmews

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    First bike in the picture doesn't look like the Mark III brochure bike (e.g. seat, side panel, tank, colour scheme). I still think it is a cafe'd bike with JPN fairing.
     

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