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Restored 72 combat commando

Discussion in 'For Sale' started by joshtjeerdsma, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. joshtjeerdsma

    joshtjeerdsma

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    I have decided to sell my baby. Just dont ride it enough. I have trouble posting pics on here, but here is a link to my rideclassics ad: https://rideclassics.com/ads/1972-norton-commando-combat-2/
    And here is the meat of the ad:
    Up for sale is my completely restored 1972 Norton Commando Combat with a production racer body kit. This is a numbers matching bike with clean title. The mileage on the bike is 4689, and the restoration was done at 4089 miles. I built this bike to be a reliable, mostly leak free, fast, classic English bike for everyday riding. I have not had the time to ride it as much as I had hoped, so I have decided to list it for sale. I love this bike, but it is spending too much time sitting in my garage. It starts 2nd or 3rd kick when cold, or 1st kick when warm. It only leaves a drip or two on the floor after a few weeks of sitting, so it is pretty sealed for a classic English bike. I have never ran ethanol in it and it has used only high quality Brad Penn oil since rebuild. The combat engine is very fast for a classic bike. I still have all the original parts that have been removed except for the original fuel tank. I also have all receipts from the rebuild process. This was a frame up restoration with all consumables and cables replaced and modern upgrades done along the way. Here is a list of what has been done:

    - Complete engine rebuild done by reputable Norton engine guru Leo Goff. Cases were media blasted, checked, and painted. Blueprint build to combat spec including new pistons, superblend bearings, cam, valves, etc. Crankcase was modified for better breather performance, and the tach drive was modified to take a better seal

    • Brand new factory exhaust
    • Rebuilt gearbox with all new improved bearings
    • RGM production racer alloy fuel tank, fiberglass production racer front fender and seat ( seat has small crack that is pictured)
    • Rebuild fork with new seals
    • Rebuilt front brake caliper and new quality pads
    • Triton Motorcycle Parts brake master cylinder. This modern master cylinder gives a much better brake feel and it bolts to the stock controls. New braided stainless line
    • Triton Motorcycle Parts dunstall style rear set foot controls
    • Adjustable position low handlebar
    • New wheel bearings and fairly new dunlop TT100 vintage style tires
    • RGM belt drive primary with dual adjusters
    • CNW turn signal kit
    • Stainless overhead oil lines
    • New Amal 932 concentric carbs and K&N filter
    • Triton Motorcycle Parts single throttle cable kit for dual carbs
    • Pazon electronic ignition and Boyer dual output coil kit
    • Headlight relay kit for more power and modified charge warning light
    • New vernier style adjustable isolastic kit
    • New Dave Taylor style head steady
    • CNW breather kit
    • External oil filter kit
    • CNW easy pull clutch kit
    • New steering head bearings and swingarm bushings
    • New rear shocks
    • Earlier style taillight and assembly with LED bulbs
    • Brand new high output 3 phase charging system
    • Tank and body kit was painted with quality paint by my father in law. Paint looks good with only a barely noticeable imperfection
    • Missing the chain guard
    • Engine is just broke in
    • Lots of stainless hardware
    Feel free to contact me with any questions. Serious inquires only. I am not in a hurry to move this bike. My phone is+16056619537
     
  2. Craig

    Craig VIP MEMBER

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    Price & location ....thanks

    On the other listing it say $12000 ,in South Dakota ......
     
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  3. jbruney

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    That should go fast.
     
  4. Craig

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    Also , was this originally a Combat or ? ..... do you know history of bike as in , do you think the odometer was true when you purchased bike .... it sure looks great ! .... good luck
     
  5. joshtjeerdsma

    joshtjeerdsma

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    It is in Rapid City, SD. The price is $12000. Hopefully I didnt ask too little. It is an original combat going by the vin number and the stamp on the head. I believe the mileage is accurate judging by the shape it was in when I purchased it. What started as just upgrading the bearings in the engine to avoid combat destruction, turned into a full blown resto. It was a cold boring winter.
     
  6. o0norton0o

    o0norton0o VIP MEMBER

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    Really? As much as I think a completely rebuilt norton should easily go for $10,000. Danno's bike on Ebay had the bidding stall at $6,600. and it was a beautiful restoration. I think we all over estimate the market value of our bikes. I have had a reciepts folder for my commando for 30 years. I bet I have $8,000. in parts reciepts for my bike and I'm not sure I could get $8,000 for it. I'm not sure anyone values it the way I do. I would ask $12,000. like Josh did, and get offers of $6,600. like Danno got... Makes you wonder...
     
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  7. Craig

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    Yup , I have had my ‘72 Combat listed for months , lots of interest , just falls flat once we get to importation process , my bike is a bargain in USA $ , the bureaucrats ruin it though .... I suspect Josh will have better luck , nicer bike, plus it on right side of line ..... again , good luck Josh it a real beauty !
     
  8. swooshdave

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    It says full body kit. Where’s the fairing? Also has the stock exhaust mounts and non-Norvil rearsets.

    I’d call it a cafe racer, not production racer. But I’m biased.

    I’m just trainspotting so don’t mind me. Very, very nice bike.

    I didn’t see the bike that went for $6000. $6k is a clean running bike not a restored one.

    My guess is you might get $12k on eBay but probably not on a classified.
     
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  9. joshtjeerdsma

    joshtjeerdsma

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    You are correct that it is not a production racer. When I said body kit, I meant the tank, seat, and front fender. I was not trying to imply that it was a production racer, just that it had a proddy racer body kit without the fairing.
     
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  10. jbruney

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    I hope you get it anyway. The world is full of wanters & wankers running about kicking tires. The masses have no clue what was involved in keeping these going for almost fiffy yrs. much less restoring one.
    They'll ruin it quickly & never love or respect it. Besides I hate the concept of someone else riding my Norton.
     
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  11. grandpaul

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    It amazes me how bikes that are clearly well-built, well-appointed, and running great don't often go over $10K, then strangely bikes that are clearly unknown quantities with exaggerated claims fetch exaggerated prices. Forums like this don't often have regular buyers, I have noticed; on the other hand, once or twice a year, buyer and seller connect here for happy endings & beginnings.

    Josh's PR replica should fetch over $10K on ebay, I would say...
     
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  12. swooshdave

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    I try to be careful describing my bike as a production racer replica. I know you weren’t implying yours was a real one. Just try to helping out with the description. Body kit in today’s vernacular usually infers body fairing. Saying tank and seat in your case may reduce any assumptions that the fairing might also be included. Good luck!
     
  13. joshtjeerdsma

    joshtjeerdsma

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    Just dropped the price to $11000.
     
  14. joshtjeerdsma

    joshtjeerdsma

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    Down to $10000. I guess Im more flexible than I had originally thought.
     
  15. joshtjeerdsma

    joshtjeerdsma

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    Just dropped the price to $9000.
     
  16. Danno

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    The Titanic is not completely restored "as new" it has over 90% original parts and the only aftermarket stuff is the Boyer and the Stay-ups. Various small parts were replaced with parts from my stash rather that buying new. There is patina here and there although the paint is new along with all the replaceables such as gaskets, seals, tires, chain etc.

    I concur with the hassles from tire kickers and picture traders. One guy wanted to know whose paint I used. I mixed my own from readily available commercial automotive polyurethane. People seem to be looking for name suppliers and workmen. I could give them the names of the machine shop that bored the cylinders and the shop that vapor blasted the head or DBR who ground the brake rotor. The rest was me. Guess I'm not renowned enough to add cache'. If anyone thinks they could buy or replicate it cheaper than what I'd sell it for, I invite them to try.
     
  17. jbruney

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    It leaves one pondering if they expect these to be factory fresh after fifty years-ish. No telling the life most had prior to coming to all of us who actually care about them & bring them back. As to myself I'd show them the door as soon as they begin the BS because they've told me all I need to know about the mistake I was close to making. Fools aren't seeking a good machine but a status symbol with bragging rights when coming on with those lines..... You've given me heartburn now with thoughts of these clowns. Rant off.
     
  18. Danno

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    I know we're veering a bit off-topic, but I once helped a friend sell a rusted 1958 Ford Thunderbird. Took pics, put an ad in a classic car mag and got calls from morons from all over. One woman expected it restored and driveable-for $1500. A purported long-haul trucker was gonna winch it into his empty trailer. Never showed. I began to understand why my friend didn't want to deal with trying to sell it himself. It finally sold and he gave me a big block manifold and carb I needed and a set of wheels. Felt like I had more than earned them for my trouble.
     

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