Whooohooo!!!! I found a 1975 Mk III to buy.

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Well kids, it looks like I found a nice black, 1 owner Commando Roadster. Dunstall pipes, not the pea shooters like I want but that can be changed. I was hoping to get this call in April whe the finances are not so crazy, but a quick call to the bank and a bump on my line of credit took care of that.

It has been serviced last year, certified leak free, maybe ridden twice since the service. I'm getting it from Motoparts in Edmonton AB, Canada.

Now the thing is I have to find a buddy with a truck or a van to make the 8 hour roadtrip to Edmonton. :(

I am one happy camper right now.
 
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Cool!! Send us a photo when you get it home!!

Coco said:
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Well kids, it looks like I found a nice black, 1 owner Commando Roadster. Dunstall pipes, not the pea shooters like I want but that can be changed. I was hoping to get this call in April whe the finances are not so crazy, but a quick call to the bank and a bump on my line of credit took care of that.

It has been serviced last year, certified leak free, maybe ridden twice since the service. I'm getting it from Motoparts in Edmonton AB, Canada.

Now the thing is I have to find a buddy with a truck or a van to make the 8 hour roadtrip to Edmonton. :(

I am one happy camper right now.
 
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Here is a link to a pic of the exact bike since I can't figure out how to upload a photo.

http:www.msnusers.com/colinspics/shoebox.msnw? action=ShowPhotoID=9

The luggage rack and wind screen will be taking a hike asap.



How and the hell do I post an image?[/img]
 

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Looks good!!

The other link address wasn't correctly typed (it might help if you 'copy' and 'paste' address links instead of typing them, there shouldn't be any errors then)
 

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Link works fine.

If those are the original Mk 111 head pipes, Pea shooters won't bolt up directly.

The Mark 111 has more rear mounted silencer hangers with longer silencers. The head pipes will be too short to work with the Mark 111 hangers.

Solution, change the head pipes. Make sure they are long enough. Or,
Change the silencer mounts. http://www.oldbritts.com/ob_start.html Click on tech link, follow to Mk 111 pea shooters.
 

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MichaelB said:
Solution, change the head pipes.

That would seem a rather expensive solution?

As the 'difference' is down to the two sets of (three each) mounting plates, and not pipe length.
 
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L.A.B. said:
The other link address wasn't correctly typed (it might help if you 'copy' and 'paste' address links instead of typing them, there shouldn't be any errors then)

Yeah, I know. I cut and pasted the second link. I type faster than I think sometimes.
 

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Coco said:
Yeah, I know. I cut and pasted the second link. I type faster than I think sometimes.

Must be all the excitement?
 
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MichaelB said:
Link works fine.

If those are the original Mk 111 head pipes, Pea shooters won't bolt up directly.

The Mark 111 has more rear mounted silencer hangers with longer silencers. The head pipes will be too short to work with the Mark 111 hangers.

Solution, change the head pipes. Make sure they are long enough. Or,
Change the silencer mounts. http://www.oldbritts.com/ob_start.html Click on tech link, follow to Mk 111 pea shooters.

That is good info to know since I'm still cutting my teeth with Norton's.

The pipes can wait. First thing will be one of those fancy Corbin seats and a much lower pair of bars, a Brembo front disc brake conversion and lowering will be performed very soon as well.

In the spring it will get a belt conversion, 18" rear wheel and new rims and tires, and on and on..............
 

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Coco,
If you plan on keeping the luggage rack, limit your packages to 5lb or less. Better yet, devise some bracing down to the passenger peg mounts. Otherwise that lightweight tubing on the fender mount loop will bend and the fender will sag into the rear tire.

I'd try to keep the stock head pipes if the chrome is good. These models had the belled end at the head to allow some slight misalignment. The result is the pipes stay tight without the clinky retaining rings. Rabers and others sell non-crossover type pipes with this arrangements and it works great.

If that electric leg still spins, a set of heavier starter cables will help a bunch.

Bike looks great! Congratulations!
 
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Good looking machine, Coco. Congratualtions! Possible option for peashooters--Use the Triumph type peashooters with adjustable hangers? You could keep the stock, realatively trouble-free headpipes that way. This might give the look you are after with minimal hassle and expense. Personally, I dig the Dunstalls- they sound great!
As far as the finances go---Mike's philosophy is----"they print money every day, but they're never gonna build another Classic Commando" Or Bonneville, Or A-65, Or '69 Chevelle, Or any other Lovely Toy you want to fill that blank with! :D

Mike
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Ready to hang new pipes on the '73 Roadster
 
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Ron L said:
Coco,
If you plan on keeping the luggage rack, limit your packages to 5lb or less. Better yet, devise some bracing down to the passenger peg mounts. Otherwise that lightweight tubing on the fender mount loop will bend and the fender will sag into the rear tire.

I'd try to keep the stock head pipes if the chrome is good. These models had the belled end at the head to allow some slight misalignment. The result is the pipes stay tight without the clinky retaining rings. Rabers and others sell non-crossover type pipes with this arrangements and it works great.

If that electric leg still spins, a set of heavier starter cables will help a bunch.

Bike looks great! Congratulations!


That luggage rack is soooooo gone, same with that windscreen and the bars as well. Starter cables and electrical upgrades like a 4-brush starter, better electronic ignition are all going to happen asap. I wonder if I should tell the shop to keep that crap or if somebody on this forum wants it, I can get the wind screen and luggage rack shipped to me with the bike. The rack and windscreen were put on the bike when it was first sold.

That Coloroado Norton Works site has been polluting my brain with nasty ideas about upgrades. Purists rejoice as anything I do can be reversed.
 
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Hey Colin,

I stopped in at Motoparts yesterday to say hi to John and pick up a few odds and ends, and there was your 'new' ride!
She looks sweeet! Nothing some tlc, elbow grease and a little spare time won't fix. Original paint in nice shape too.
You've found a nice one..... Enjoy!

Cheers,

Simon.
 
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DucsandNortons said:
Hey Colin,

I stopped in at Motoparts yesterday to say hi to John and pick up a few odds and ends, and there was your 'new' ride!
She looks sweeet! Nothing some tlc, elbow grease and a little spare time won't fix. Original paint in nice shape too.
You've found a nice one..... Enjoy!

Cheers,

Simon.

Thanks. It should get shipped in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime I've assembled quite a list of upgrades to do.

Judging by the pics, it looks like the aluminum bits could use a good shine.

Where does one find some of those K&N super bike bars? The ones that are on that thing are'nt my bag.
 
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Nice bike Coco! I also bought mine sight unseen (by me anyways - had it checked by someeone else) in the "next" province over, PEI. Had it checked out and just needed some mild tlc, otherwise very nice original shape. I'm doing the same, keeping pieces I change should I ever want to return it to stock. Part of the fun is personalizing your ride :) Good luck with it!
 

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---Mike's philosophy is----"they print money every day, but they're never gonna build another Classic Commando" Or Bonneville, Or A-65, Or '69 Chevelle, Or any other Lovely Toy you want to fill that blank with! :D

I like that. I'll use that on the Misses next time. I am sure it'll help smooth things over a little. :roll: :lol:
 
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Oh, yeah! Worked great for me for years--right up until the divorce.
Here's a tip--say it with a big grin--maybe you can amuse her enough to get your new (fill in the blank). Another angle-buy her a horse, she'll be too busy to notice one more bike in the shed! Or.. Shine up the new toy, set it in the drive, take her out and get her a bit tipsy and drive up to it. When she asks, you feign ignorance and say since it wandered in, can you keep it? If all else fails, dig into the "FY" fund (Short for "FY", I'm gonna get this anyway), and bribe her. It's shameless, I know, but..............

Said completely tongue in cheek- save the flames for the bar-b-que.

Mike
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He who dies with the most toys has the best estate sale.
 
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