You don't have to sell me, I KNOW Nortons are beautiful!

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You don't have to sell me, I KNOW Nortons are beautiful!


'75 Commando 850 MkIII (formerly a High Rider, believe it or not)
There's just not many bikes that have the lines for a gorgeous cafe racer the way a Commando comes by them naturally...
 
That title sounds a bit generalised. Let me guess, you've never owned a Norton Lightweight, have you ? :D

...but of course you mean Commandos ! Quite agree. That inclined engine can do clip-ons, ace bars, touring kit, sit up and beg or anything in between and still look as if it's "doing 100 miles an hour standing still" I like your combination of a stock tank and a small fairing.

My only reservation is that tidy ones look magnificent but the doggy ones are real Dobermanns :shock: That's probably true of most non-unit construction power trains.

Is no front mudguard / fender legal in your part of the world ? Over here at the moment it would be a shortcut to a high-salt diet :(
 
Welcome Paul, So now do we change the song to it never rains in Laredo TX? Does the brace help so much that the loss of the fender don't hurt? Or is it a slave to fashion thing Cafe or die?
Your bike or a customers? Wouldn't this bike be a little faster in the ARMA racing than that Triumph? Or that might bump you a class aye? I know you have a bit more spares for the Triumph. Good to see ya here. Greg
 
I took this photo at the Manx GP this year, one of the tastiest cafe racers I've seen. Very tidy and Oil in Frame gets rid of clutter, Owned by a Belgian guy.
You don't have to sell me, I KNOW Nortons are beautiful!
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WOW! Nice Belgian. I like the Siamesed pipes, had not seen an oil bearing frame for Norton before.

The photo I posted was my inaugural client's bike. Per his spec, no front fender (I told him he'd get a snootfull).

It wouldn't run in historic production due to fairing, clip-ons, rearsets and 850cc (to name but a few non-compliant areas).
 
Gino Rondelli said:
I took this photo at the Manx GP this year, one of the tastiest cafe racers I've seen. Very tidy and Oil in Frame gets rid of clutter, Owned by a Belgian guy.

Oh Gino, Gino, I'm going to be round scrounging his Single Malts tomorrow and now he'll have a severely swollen head. He'll probably charge me to have a look in the garage now :(
 
Lovely!

Is that the interstate tank on there (top photo)? Also, from the photo it looks as though there are turn indicators of some sort in behind the fairing. For me turn indicators are a must, however the stock ones are not the sportiest.
Do you have any more photos of the bike from front , rear or the other side?
Also, I note the side panel is removed to show the oil tank. This looks good, but how did you deal with the battery side of the bike?
 
<<Is that the interstate tank on there>>

Yes, from my '75 Interstate. The finished "Project Charlie" has a T.A.Baker polished aluminum ($$$) tank on it, I just didn't get a high quality shot of it after I swapped tanks and actually I prefer the Black one.

<<...it looks as though there are turn indicators of some sort...>>

Yes, tiny aluminum bodied ones, just under the "tails" of the fairing, attached below the fairing side mounts, and either side of the tiny tail light. They are perfect for the bike (I think). I despise the crotch rocket "carbon fiber" ones.

<<Do you have any more photos of the bike from front , rear or the other side? >>

Yes, one of these days I'll upload them to my permanent gallery.

<<I note the side panel is removed to show the oil tank. This looks good, but how did you deal with the battery side...>>

No, both sidecovers are installed, jet black, no striping anywhere. I fabricated a simple bracket for the battery side.
 
"No, both sidecovers are installed, jet black, no striping anywhere. I fabricated a simple bracket for the battery side."
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Right, I'm used to my large (some would say ugly) MK111 Interstate covers.
 
I'm going to be round scrounging his Single Malts tomorrow and now he'll have a severely swollen head. He'll probably charge me to have a look in the garage now
Tell him to bring some single Malt to the Begonia I can help him drink it :D :D
 
Don't be too impressed Jason, The bike is a joy to ride for exactly 14 minutes, after which I have to get off and hail a taxi! This is due entirely to my own delusions that a 51-year-old, can contort his body into a 21-year-old's attitude for any length of time. Fortunately my riding chums are all similarly handicapped, so we end up stopping frequently for any number of flimsy excuses and returning home aching, but happy to have been 21 again, even if it is only in our imagination.
 
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