1971 Norton Commando
I remember the first time I saw a Norton motorcycle up close and in person. A good friend of my step dads came over to pick him up and go for a ride…I had to go to school. The thing that struck me the most was watching the front wheel shaking up and down and the rest of the bike was dead steady. My first exposure to Norton’s Isolastic engine mounting system. The other thing that stood out was the exhaust pulse, the Norton long stroke motor puts out a very distinctive feel and sound, much different from the Triumph and BSA sounds I was used to.
A couple of days later I got the opportunity to ride Stanley’s Norton. Stanley had removed the stock reverse megaphone mufflers in favor of the Dunstall silencers because he liked the look better…I liked the sound. But still what struck me was the smoothness of the motorbike while sitting on it. The Isloastic engine mounting system really worked, from the saddle I could still see the front wheel bouncing around but I didn’t feel a thing….almost. It was a great ride and I fell in love with Norton motorcycles. I have raced Norton’s over the years but still have never owned one. What is wrong with that picture?
Today while cruising ebay looking for ‘after Christmas gifts for myself’, I found an interesting Norton with a history very similar to my BMW R90S’. This particular Norton had been buried in this gentleman’s garage and was found by two guys actually looking for something else. My BMW’s story is somewhat the same, I was looking to buy an antique radio and left with a motorcycle that had been buried for almost two decades. The Norton history is well documented on the sellers page and it is a great story, even if you don’t buy the bike (which you should), it’s good read.
The ’71 Norton featured is a great bike to start a restoration project with. For one, it’s all there, all you need to do is put in a good amount of elbow grease a few basic parts…all the rubber bits (including tyres), a battery and a proper paint job. The guys that bought it have kept in its ‘found’ condition and you get to do all the work…perfect! This motorcycle has so much potential in so many ways, it is a perfect winter project. Bring it back to stock, turn it into the Cafe Racer I’ve (I mean, you’ve…) always wanted, whatever you do it is a wonderful winter project and a bike that will keep you smiling and working on for years.
Click on the pics below for more pictures and a really good story.
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