The Norton Commando needs little introduction; quite simply it is one of the best known and best-loved of all British bikes.
From 1969 to 1977 these bikes were manufactured in a number of different guises, Fastbacks, Roadsters, Interstates and more. The bike that we have managed to acquire is one of the last of the Fastbacks.
Our bike is matching frame and engine numbers 211490. According to Matthew Vale’s book ‘Norton Commando: the Complete Story’, this number puts it as one of the first ‘de-tuned’ Combat engines which were produced in 1972.
We bought the bike from a contact of ours who has owned it since 2010 when it was imported to the UK by A & P Cole Ltd. It is fitted with a speedometer in kms, which shows just over 7,000 kms, but we have no way of verifying this to be correct.
We have checked the bike over and ridden it, and we have carried out various works to ensure that it runs and rides as it should. These include re-shimming the isolastics front and rear, fitting a new battery, fitting new fuel hoses and balancing the carbs, fitting a new chain, and generally preparing the bike for MOT.
It is now in very good shape, ready to be ridden away and enjoyed by its new owner.