Original Owner 1974 Norton Commando 850

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This 1974 Norton Commando 850 was purchased new at Sports Motorcycles Ltd. in Manchester, England by the seller while employed in the North Sea oil industry. The bike is powered by an 850cc parallel twin with a 4-speed transmission, and maintenance has been performed personally by the seller from new. A recent refurbishment included fresh paint, upholstery, and tires as well as a valve adjustment and oil change. This Commando is sold with service and owner’s manuals as well as a clean Colorado title in the seller’s name. The fuel tank and side covers were recently stripped and refinished in black with gold lettering. The frame was touched up as necessary and a new seat cover added. The tail light was replaced with a smaller Lucas item and the stainless steel front fender was cut down when the bike was new. The seller notes corrosion of fasteners and discoloration of the the exhaust pipes. Wire wheels wear new Dunlop tires and tubes. The petcocks, air filter, and footpeg rubber are new, and many of the replacement parts were purchased from Andover Norton in the UK. The chrome headlight shell shows pitting and the rim, reflector, and lens were replaced to comply with American standards. The tachometer is a modern electronic replica of the original that eliminates the need for a cable. The clutch perch, cable, and adjuster were replaced with new old-stock Norton parts. The turn signals have been removed, though the wiring is said to remain intact and the switchgear functional. The 850cc parallel twin has reportedly never been apart. Over the years the seller has rebuilt or replaced the carburetors, brake master cylinder, isolastic suspension, cables, coils, clutch, and more. Recent work included installation of a new stator, Lucas adjustable points, chain case gasket, and brake light switch along with a valve adjustment and oil leak repair. Modifications include authentic Norton peashooter pipes in place of the stock mufflers. The 4-speed transmission has had its kick-start pawl, return spring, and seals replaced by Gene Plue in Denver, Colorado. A workshop manual and owner’s booklet are included in the sale. The seller has performed all necessary services, paper records for which are unavailable. The seller notes that bike has always been stored indoors and ridden at least every three months.

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