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Pictures of your Norton Commandos

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by TravNorton, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. worntorn


    Dec 22, 2006
    Norton in use. My wife says it's a comfy machine and softer riding than the Vincent. I should put a top box with backrest on the bike, then it would be ideal for two up touring.


    NPeteN, Fast Eddie and NortonMKIIA850 like this.
  2. Dellis

    Dellis VIP MEMBER

    Jul 22, 2018

    My 1974 mk2a Interstate, built in May ‘74 and sold by Sports Motorcycles, Manchester on 14 June 1974 which happens to be about 30 miles from my home.

  3. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
    Lookin’ good Dave.

    Nice tidy workshop too !
  4. jbruney


    Jan 5, 2019
    Sharp enough to cut. Very nice.
  5. Dellis

    Dellis VIP MEMBER

    Jul 22, 2018
    Thank you. The pic was taken at the weekend but they are all covered with sheets and plywood now as I’m having the workshop roof redone. It’s an old milking parlour with a slate roof which had quite a few loose skates so the roofers are in the process of stripping and re slating.

  6. dynodave


    May 28, 2003
    My 1952 Model 7, awaiting engine work:(
    63 Atlas to be used this year as a 88SS
    72 Combat will be turning green this year, maybe disc brake to go back on too.
    I had long been interested in the reported poor reputation of MKIII Electric-Start Commando and was going to learn as much as possible about this variant. How bad was the MKIII and were the rumors true?

    Story 1: In the 92-93 time frame I went to the Spring Keene(NH) Harley Flea Market with 2 friends. In a back row of the fair grounds animal stall, a guy was selling a dead MKIII engine (no head) and primary. in two milk crates, $125 cash and carry. I brought it home and threw it upstairs in the garage where it slept for several years untouched....

    Story 2: Back story... is friend Frank worked in rented building in Nortth Andover Mass. Building property manager saw Frank with NNENO club t-shirt and offered Norton MKIII rolling chassis for sale. Real estate Manager sold his friends house and was told to keep or get rid of his abandoned MKIII. House owner left area and had lost interest in dead commando. With a touch over 10K miles. MKIII died from bad soft cam. My club freind Frank bought for $100. Brought it home.

    Story 3: My first MKIII 33004X. Acquired by "trade with Frank" in summer of 95, valued at $100, for my $100 71 commando. I had bought the 71 from Jim Bernier(RIP). 71 Commando had full Dunstall treatment, Dual disc, clip-ons, tank, seat, front fender, Borrani's F&R, cam and other engine mods and more. However, no gearbox. All Dunstall equipment was removed leaving a $100 rolling chassis.

    Story 4: A short while later I put the MKIII rollong chassis on the bike lift and started to look it over. I recalled I had long ago bought a MKIII engine. I went upstairs and brought down the engine short block (minus head) and slipped into the engine mounts and slipped a few bolts through to tie it together. Further examination showed the engine was discovered numbered as 33004X. Looking up at the neck of the roller frame was the VIN plate and 33004X. WOW gearbox also 33004X. WOW Just like winning megabucks.

    Story 5: I started picking up parts, flea market RH4 head $75, 20m3S cam $20, 06-4791 prestolite starter NOS $150(British Only). I was on my way. I had it on the road running for $1100, and a lot of my own work. Maiden Voyage was @ the Hiawasi GA INOA rally in 1996. I rode it for 4 years until the battery died and I then put it away for a few years.

    My E-start test bed before I replaced the 18" rer wheel.
    suffering mid winter jan 2019
    My only transportation all summer until the first week of november 2018 when I got my new (leftover) 2017 RAM 3500 6.7l diesel down in N.C.
    MKIII still on the first rebuild done in 1995 with only a bit of maintenance
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
  7. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

    Jan 15, 2008
    Serendipitous matching numbers? WOW! Cool story.
  8. gortnipper

    gortnipper VIP MEMBER

    Nov 11, 2013
    Reserve Edition.

    Last edited: Feb 20, 2019 at 10:08 PM

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