'74 Norton Commando 850

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'74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:17 am

Posting about this at all is probably jumping the gun just a bit, but as of yesterday evening an agreement has been reached to purchase a '74 Norton Commando 850.

Best pics I've got so far, I'll post more as I get them. The plan right now is to make the road trip to pick it up on Nov. 9th.

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Only pics I have of the bike so far
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by Bigshankhank » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:18 am

A man much wiser than I once said that God rides a Triumph, but wishes it was a Norton.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by Jaeger » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:43 am

Cool, but that's a right-side shift, yeah?

I'd love to try riding one of those but I expect the backwards controls would be fucking awful. :shock:

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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:08 am

I think they went left side shift with the mkIII in '75... not entirely sure though.

Oh yeah, reason I posted this in "tech stuff" is because the bike's been sitting for quite a few years (10+) and is going to be needing a bit of work to get back on the road. I also have ideas to resto-mod, but running first.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by DerGolgo » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:35 pm

Oh, the Commando is just pure sex, that.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by Jaeger » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:20 am

jae wrote:I think they went left side shift with the mkIII in '75... not entirely sure though.
It was 1976. That's when the US said "standardize them, goddamnit, and put the shifter and clutch on the port side."

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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by Bigshankhank » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:15 am

Jaeger wrote:
jae wrote:I think they went left side shift with the mkIII in '75... not entirely sure though.
It was 1976. That's when the US said "standardize them, goddamnit, and put the shifter and clutch on the port side."

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Look at the pictures, sure as shootin' looks like a shift lever on the right and brake pedal on the left.
Fun fact, in order to avoid having to re-kajigger their engines, HD designed a frame mounted crossover similar to a jackshaft on the 76 Sportster so while the shift lever was moved to the left side of the engine, the shifter splined shaft was still on the right. I think it wasn't until 78 that they actually moved the entire shift mechanism.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:12 am

Jaeger wrote:It was 1976. That's when the US said "standardize them, goddamnit, and put the shifter and clutch on the port side."

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Best I can tell from the limited research I've done, Norton made the switch in '75. That was definitely the year that the primary was changed on the 850, accompanied by the addition of a rear disk brake and electric start.
https://www.classic-british-motorcycles ... mando.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Either way, just picking nits here. This is a '74 (MKII). I'll have to learn to shift with my right foot, and then actually remember to do it.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:33 am

guess I can post a minor update, more pics, though not necessarily "progress" just yet. I've got a fairly long list of rubber parts I'm shopping for and some big decisions to make regarding the hard parts that need attention.

first the list, then pics.
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Both petcock levers are broken off
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Brake rotor has seen better days
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Headlight is a bit tweaked at the mounts
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As are the handlebars
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Front fender damage
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The gas tank has secrets yet to be revealed
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:38 am

...and the only thing I've really accomplished with it so far, swapping out the handlebars for some I happened to have around.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:04 pm

got the carbs pulled this weekend, and looks like PO was actually telling the truth about draining the fuel before letting it sit for a decade
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by red » Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:09 am

Very cool!
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by Sisyphus » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:38 pm

So howzit comin'?
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by jae » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:01 am

not great, at the moment... I have one carb reassembled with the new gaskets and viton float/needle, the other awaiting some attention, new tires and tubes sitting here, but haven't been out to touch anything in about the last month. Plan for this afternoon is to get the wiring done for the new voltage regulator on the triumph, and once I'm confident I've got that charging system sorted I'll jump back on the Norton. Hoping to have it ready to go for our vintage British club's spring camp out in the hill country, but at the rate things are going for me these days I have no idea if I'll even get to go. I still have some more hard parts I need to buy (front brake system) and with my kid's medical stuff, I have no idea when that's actually going to be able to happen. I was just about ready to schedule pouring the foundation for my new shop, which will also be on hold, but I'm at least confident I've got enough money saved (intended for building the shop) that the medical stuff won't be catastrophic for us financially. We should at least know by this afternoon if he's going to require any more surgeries.
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Re: '74 Norton Commando 850

Post by Bigshankhank » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:58 am

Man you're a trooper to be trying to get anything done on that bike what with everything else going on in your family. Good luck to you!
It's time for Humankind to ditch the imaginary friends of our species' childhood and grow the fuck up.
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"Lasse mich deine Seele dem Herrscher der Finsternis opfern"

Let me sacrifice your soul to the ruler of darkness

Always carry a bottle of whiskey when you travel in case of a snakebite. Futhermore, always carry a small snake.

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