- Oct 1, 2003
I am purchasing a used Norton Commando 850 from a family friend this weekend. He wants $1200 and is willing to take payments so I cant pass up on this deal. He doesnt know the year of the bike because he is not home at the time but gave me the following info. He said that it belonged to his uncle who was the original owner and meticulously cared for it. He rode it every Sunday that it wasnt raining just for joy. He died about 6 months to a year ago and left the bike to our friend. He took it around the block and got the hell scared out of him so he wants to sell. The bike is in mint condition and only has 2250 miles on it. Has clear title. Since the bike has sat for a year or so I am curious on what I should do to it to get it ready to ride. This weekend I will be traveling from north alabama to central missouri to pick it up. Am planning on riding it back. I am planning on checking tire pressure, lubing cables and chain, draining gas and carb, changing the oil and filter, and giving it a good bath. Did I miss anything? I dont want to be left somewhere along side the road and I dont want to ruin this classic before I had the time to enjoy it.