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scrippsMon Mar-16-09 07:48 PM
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"What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
Fri Nov-27-09 05:10 PM by NortonGuy

  

          

20M3S 152698

id tag on neck gone.

what size is the motor. What year is it?

does anyone have a gold battery cover for this bike?

Thanks

oh yeah was $400 bucks a good deal?




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johnandnzSun Mar-22-09 10:23 PM
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#1. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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Mon Mar-23-09 06:56 PM by johnandnz

  

          

This is a 1971 Norton Commando 750 cc Roadster.(or possibly early 1972 - I don't have details to hand)

Was $400 a good price? Did you really mean $400?

The bike appears to be almost totally complete and in very good original condition. Only significant issues are some broken fins on the head plus minor easily fixed missing sidecover, aircleaner and points cover.

It is worth a very great deal more than $400 and if it were bought in NZ in this condition for this price I would very much suspect it had been stolen. It is missing the registration tag which is a worry.

I would check on its history if I were you.

In NZ $4000 would be a good price.

John

  

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dynodaveTue Mar-24-09 09:54 AM
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#2. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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Tue Mar-24-09 10:01 AM by dynodave

  

          

The engine # says 71
The timing cover says 70/71
metal tank and seat cover are from later twin striping says they came from an 850
The side stand type will tell if 71 inboard circliped pin or outboard flat tab and bolt for 72+ frame
carb manifolds are early small fin /up to 71
Only year for silver decals on 750 was 73

Yes John is correct for $400 or even $1000 I would worry if it was legitimate or stolen.
especially with the VIN plate missing.

The steel gas tank alone is $400

  

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johnandnzTue Mar-24-09 07:20 PM
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#3. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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Sun Jun-28-09 05:35 PM by johnandnz

  

          

Dave knows way more about the details of Commandos than I do so go with his dates and specification comments.

Another thing that worries me is that the bike is clean and well cared for. Nice paint. No obviously brutalised parts apart from the head.

An owner who knows how to do this is not going to sell for $400.

But what's with the clutch cable under the exhaust pipe? The more I look the smellier it gets. The missing points cover and the left hand sidecover over the battery are exactly what would be removed if someone was trying to hot wire it.

  

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NortonGuyFri Mar-27-09 04:17 PM
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#4. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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This deal doesn't smell right.

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johnandnzMon Apr-27-09 04:04 PM
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#5. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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Mon Apr-27-09 04:05 PM by johnandnz

  

          

Interesting that this was a one time poster and he never came back.

Maybe it was stolen. I dont know what country it was in. In NZ you can try to run a vehicle or engine number through the police stolen vehicle data base.

I guess it's also possible it was from an estate and sold off cheap. But it looks like it was owned by someone who loved it and then it fell into the hands of someone who didnt have a clue what they had. It was too clean to be a barn find.

I might be making a deal of it but I had my Commando stolen once and I remain very thankful to the police officers who tracked it down.

I got lucky. The guys who stole it also stole the trailer they moved it on and a lone policeman noticed them driving erratically. When he stopped them they gave him a hard time so he backed off and radioed for his mates. So the next time they were stopped they faced two cars and four cops and were not so keen to be wize guys!!

John

  

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BullThu Nov-19-09 10:13 AM
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#6. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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I found this thread very interesting. New here, so defer to you guys... but my guess is two-fold: obviously this man didn't steal it (if indeed it was stolen) or he'd not have posted it on this site. Secondly, you guys probably scared the hell out of him, him then 'ducking' in order to not be out his $400.00, lol's!

However, and why I found this thread of interest: I recently purchased a '73 850 Interstate. Sadly, the guy told me that he'd sold the metal tank a few years ago, smaller tank now attached. Anyway, I know 'Jack' about Nortons, just always really liked/loved their looks, and sound, when I was a kid. So... the more I look around on-line (I'm currently seeking a good place to purchase parts, hint-hint!)... the more I'm thinking that there is something incredibly WRONG with the bike I purchased, as the deal suddenly seems WAY to good. Clear title, and I've already applied via DMV for new plates, registered it, etc., and expect no legal difficulties So, guess I'm saying that if I take, and post a few pictures of it here, could you guys tell me if I purchased a good deal or not? Maybe offer me some suggestions, advice, etc? I always start her like this: one priming kick (ignition usually off), then only one (1) ignition kick, and she purrs. And when I look at pictures of comparable Nortons sold... I seem to have gotten this bike at a fraction of it's value. It makes me uneasy, as I NEVER get 'good deals'...

I'll post some pics?

  

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dynodaveThu Nov-19-09 10:42 AM
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#7. "RE: What is this bike? I just got it and dont know"
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There are good deals to be had. If it is from a knowledgeable owner then it is partially a "gift" to you, a norton enthusiast.
If they are just going for the bux then it will more likely be a misrepresentation from (their)ignorance or preying on your ignorance not to know better.

I recently had an incredable good deal....
$2250 for a MKIII with 5 belivable original miles.
It sat outside for 1 winter (years ago) and it severely took the "bloom off the rose". But it has never been "molested" by some idiot.
It is one of the highest VIN I have ever seen.
Peashooter instead of black caps.

  

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