Pictures of your Norton Commandos

Superpole

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Welcome to the forum. How long have you owned the bike?
Thank you for the welcome.

I purchased that bike in 2017 for a semi retirement restoration project. I had to have one more Norton! I stumbled on to Matts CNW website while looking for parts and fell in love with his work. So I decided to send the Commando up to Matt.

My very first British bike was a Triumph at 16 years old. But I had to have a Norton! I settled on a Atlas 750 at first. Than came the the 850 commando. I rebuilt the 850 Engine with the help of my dad, Lenny Gilzo and friends. Some parts came from Marino at M.A.P Cycle as well as Sid's cycles. We put a big bore kit and Norris cams in her and Lenny did his magic on the head. Lenny used to drag race a BSA he called Dino. (Might be some folks on here that may know him) Those were some really good times in my life, we were a tight group. Hoping to add some new memory's soon.
 

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One of my favorite photos, It shows the skill of launching a Commando. This is YD's first launch as all he did on the one day he rode the little white Commando were a few practices on the old original Laconia track. It's all in the clutch control when a bike has a close ratio 4 speed.. YD's Kawasaki factory rides on the Green Meanies served him well.
 

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This was Dave Rawlins (a Norton employee and factory sponsored proddy bike drag racer) way of getting off the line..

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Not many photos of him on the internet, but in the day he was quite well known.
 

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Wonder who won?
Well this looks like the same sprint taken from another angle and Rawlings is ahead.

 

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Interesting launch positions, Never saw those poses before. I don't mind skimming the front wheel as long as you manipulate the clutch or have the rear tire spinning up.
 

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I never did much drag racing, but I figured the more I was hooking up, the faster I'd be going; and, if the front wheel was off the ground, it would be less drag!
 

MichaelB

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Interesting question, or two.
I've had to think about this. I can make a case for either.
Kind of like kids, they each have their own personality.
The 750 is a freshly built Combat, 20 over, 34mm Mk2's, Tommaselli quick throttle,
L/R iggy, fresh tight gear box with the 19 C/S, standard ratio primary, it just rips.
Will embarrass a lot of modern stuff if they are sleeping.

The 850 is the run of the mill stocker with fresh Premiers, standard throttle ratio, Basic (lazy) Boyer,
21 C/S with standard ratio primary upgraded Master and a Hydro clutch. Gear box needs work.
Not the fastest thing around, but can hold it's own, run 75 + all day.
It also brings me back to my youth as my first Commando was a NEW 73, 850 in Blue.
First new anything.

I have 5 M/C's. I get asked all the time which is my favorite. My stock response is whichever I am riding at the time.
I was thinking about the Norton's when I went to sleep last night thinking I would have the answer in the morning.
When I flipped on the garage light this morning, it was apparent. Of the 5 M/C's I own, one jumped right out and put a big smile on my face.

The Sparkly Blue 850, for no other reason than it makes me smile the most.....
 

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Interesting question, or two.
I've had to think about this. I can make a case for either.
Kind of like kids, they each have their own personality.
The 750 is a freshly built Combat, 20 over, 34mm Mk2's, Tommaselli quick throttle,
L/R iggy, fresh tight gear box with the 19 C/S, standard ratio primary, it just rips.
Will embarrass a lot of modern stuff if they are sleeping.

The 850 is the run of the mill stocker with fresh Premiers, standard throttle ratio, Basic (lazy) Boyer,
21 C/S with standard ratio primary upgraded Master and a Hydro clutch. Gear box needs work.
Not the fastest thing around, but can hold it's own, run 75 + all day.
It also brings me back to my youth as my first Commando was a NEW 73, 850 in Blue.
First new anything.

I have 5 M/C's. I get asked all the time which is my favorite. My stock response is whichever I am riding at the time.
I was thinking about the Norton's when I went to sleep last night thinking I would have the answer in the morning.
When I flipped on the garage light this morning, it was apparent. Of the 5 M/C's I own, one jumped right out and put a big smile on my face.

The Sparkly Blue 850, for no other reason than it makes me smile the most.....
The 750 is an early Dreer monoshock? OIF?
 
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Strip it back down (I think you can leave the forks on)
I would live to see a thread breaking down how the nonoshock is setup, and ride report impressions of it. Hint, hint. :-D
Here is my 1973 Roadster recent completed restoration after tuning and plug chops. Desirable mechanical / electrical replacements / upgrades in place. Key parts support by RGM Norton, Colorado Norton Works, Classic British Spares. Painting by Brent Budgor. Many hours of my time on polishing ☹️

YD #17 Nixon #9 aftermath of getting tangled with Chris Marshall in Turn 1 , 2002 Daytona, 3 months later YD rode my Commando, Marshall took the worst of it but they all recovered, YD was severely concussed . The BSA Rocket 3 was destroyed
 
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