Newbie Norton owner

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Hello from the deep east Texas pineywoods. I recently discovered in my local bike shop an old Norton I had previously 4 years ago heard of . It surfaced at my buddy's shop and after some detective work I purchased it from the owner.
I hope it proves out to be a John Player Norton , so far I think it is. The bike is about 98% all there, and in reasonable condition considering it has been leaning aside a barn for the last 10 years.
I live about 100 miles N.E. of Houston in a rural area. The nearest Brit bike shop is Gulf Coast Triumph/BMW also in Houston. I plan on hauling it by there for a consult on where to start.
I have restored several cars and Harleys , but this is my first try at a British Bike. To be honest -- I'm a bit overwhelmed at a 30 year old foriegn bike with a now defunct marque. But --- hey , it's only a thing.Have a look ..let me know what you think...
Newbie Norton owner

Newbie Norton owner

Newbie Norton owner

Newbie Norton owner

Newbie Norton owner

Newbie Norton owner
 

Ron L

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gypsy77360,

From the pictures it looks likely you have an original JPN. The extended Roadster tank under the cover, the black chrome bean can mufflers and pipes, the VIN plate moved to the backbone are all good indications. A lot of Commandos have been made into JPN's, but these items usually are a little different. Congratulations!

Since you seem to already have all the tough to find parts, the restoration should not be that difficult. The stripe kits are still available from several sources and most everything else is standard Commando items.

Welcome to the forum! Keep us informed on the progress!
 
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Great find; congratulations indeed!

Please let me know when you take the bike to Gulf Coast Triumph/BMW. I live only about 30 miles from this dealership and would love to meet you there to see the bike.

Regards,

Jason
 
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