Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by TravNorton, Apr 25, 2010.
Very nice. Red is still my favorite color for a Commando.
A new tank and colour for the New Year
Wow. A quantum shift has occurred in my brain.
Formerly I did not care at all for the over-use of flat colors on "scramblers" (that will never see any off-road use), "brat" bikes, and the like.
Your photos have created an exception to my former distaste.
Especially nice with the High Rider tank. (of course, as long as you are careful with planning any highway riding to accommodate the limited range, which is not all that hard to do).
Well done indeed. (no need to mention that the rest of the bike is stunning, but I will do so anyway)
Looks like a quality job sir.
Gotta say tho, I’d be forever trying to buff up the bloody finish !!
I often think Commandos look best in black, so I think mine is going that way soon. It is mostly black already but needs finishing/refinishing to a higher standard.
And may I say how refreshing to see a correct seat cover in place instead of the usual Mk111 type. Kudos.
I totally agree, I wasn't sure at first wether to go std gloss or flatten it a bit. The flat/satin looks the goods with the gold stripes and Norton decal and for now I'm happy with it. I got lucky getting hold of a Hirider tank and love the look and size of it.
My idea was to change over yearly between the Blue roadster set and the black Set and if I get sick of the flat colour or it gets marked up a little then
I'll rub it back with 1200 wet n dry and put a coat of gloss on it.
I thought for a moment that was original factory paint. Except for dents and dings, that's exactly what the original paint on the SS clone's Hi-Rider tank looked like when I fished it out from under a porch in Chicago.
Slowly putting the bike back together. Waiting on a new wiring harness and a misc. of other parts like all new cables,etc.
These are my two 1972 750 Commandos. The Blue Interstate I've owned for 37 years and it's gone round the clock during that time, used now mainly for touring. The red Roadster I've owned for 35 years, originally bought partly dismantled from a friend which I rebuilt in a cafe racer style, but last year I reassembled it as a Roadster, still with the Combat engine, so goes very well.
THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is HOW IT'S DONE!!!
Great pair of Commandos.
Welcome to the forum.
Fross, can I ask what screen that is on the Interstate?
Hi, the screen is made by Givi that a bought secondhand, it mounts on the headlamp brackets and wraps around the clocks nicely. Here's a slightly better picture.
Or maybe the screen shows better in this picture taken last year in Germany.
I like to call this photo “Fully Laden”
It has been apart for so long that I totally forgot how to put it back together and I did this once before in 1990 so it wasn't like I have never been down this road before. Just looked at the tires, and I will need to replace them before riding the bike because they are from 2003! They look perfectly fine but.......
Great, thanks Fross! As others have said, a beautiful pair of bikes. I got my bike out of 12 years' unavoidable storage last year, I had a go on it with the old tyres that also looked fine, but the ride was horrible! New tyres fixed it. Cheers.
ned what color is that exactly? flat black? dark grey primer?
I like the shield also, do you know which model Givi
I was wondering the same thing, it turns out there are many to choose from. A screen like that would be a boon with my standard European bars and my habit of riding a bit quicker than I ought ... Supposing it doesn't upset the handling at slightly more than legal road speeds ....
The Tank n Covers are painted Black and then have been clear coated with a Flat/Satin Clear coat.