SELLER SAYS: This is a rare Steve Maney-engined road racer. All-new build, perfect for vintage road racing, it’s currently housed in a stock Commando frame but easily dismantled for shipping the components to house in a purpose-built race frame. I purchased the bike from a widow who’s husband was building it into a no-expense-spared race bike before he passed away, with it being about 75% completed and not to the point of running. I have done just enough to get it to run. The list of invoices I have for parts total $CDN31,547  without any labour costs. The bike has as follows: The stock Norton frame. Steve Maney cases. 89mm stroke balanced light crank. Aluminum cylinders, oil block and I think the exhaust. Gapless rings. Carillo rods, pistons, valves and JS2 cam (all from JS Motorsports). Polished lightened rockers. Beehive springs. New CR carbs. S/S oil lines. Fullauto cylinder head. TTi 5-speed magnesium gearbox. Y38A replica Ceriani forks with magnesium yokes and Woodcraft clip-ons. T260 Maxton shocks. Ducati front hub. Husky magnesium rear hub. Contact Kevin by email on xxx@xxx SOLD (British Columbia, Canada)

Hi Peter, the bike has been sold and is crated awaiting its journey to Australia, thanks to you and The Bike Shed Times. Kevin (BC, Canada)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: If you’ve ever yearned for a high-end vintage British race bike, here’s an opportunity to fast-track your dream and save yourself a bunch of time and money.  Norton’s 850 Commando effectively marked the final and high-water mark of the British parallel twin. And while history might remember the last Commando (apart from the new ones of course) with a tear in its eye, the bike is also rightly remembered as a wonderful machine with excellent handling and a glorious engine. Today, that big 850 twin motor looks downright prehistoric and, perhaps as a result of that, just marvellous. This bike of Kevin’s is something else again, of course. A Steve Marney-built motor fitted with top-shelf kit and with an eye on the race track, it’s sure to perform like no old Commando you or I have ever laid eyes on. For the uninitiated, Steve Maney is the go-to guy for making Commandos go fast. He operates out of a workshop in Yorkshire, UK, and his motors win vintage road races all over the planet. We found an excellent article about Steve Marney, you can read it here.

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