SELLER SAYS: Excellent condition. Ground-up restoration. 9,880 miles. Currently on Historic club rego. Contact Trevor on 02 9905 4755 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Brookvale, Sydney NSW)
EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: When most people talk about motorcycle evolution from the late 1960s and early ’70s, the conversation tends to be dominated by talk of big bikes from Japan. And while that’s perfectly reasonable, it tends to mask one of the great success stories — the Norton Commando. At a time when Japanese bikes were sweeping the world — and smashing the British bike industry — the Commando stood as a beacon of British bravado. Norton sold more than 50,000 Commandos, despite some early problems with fragile frames and exploding engines, starting with the 750 Fastback. The ‘isolastic’ frame successfully delivered a big twin that didn’t vibrate itself to bits, and must have been a courageous decision given the popularity of the so-called ‘featherbed’ frame it replaced. This bike selling from Sydney is one of the very early Commandos, and most definitely one for a collector.