1974 Norton Commando 850cc MkII
Engine No. 318843
Frame No. 318843
The Commando’s vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers to successfully prolong the life of their hugely successful parallel twin. Launched in 1967, the Commando used the preceding Featherbed-framed Atlas model’s 745cc engine and AMC gearbox, and was an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News ‘Machine of the Year’ for five consecutive years. It might have been a little down on top speed compared to rivals such as BSA-Triumph’s 750cc triples and Honda’s CB750 four, but the Commando more than made up for this minor deficiency with superior mid-range torque and steadier handling.
The bike offered here, of last-iteration 1974 MkII 850cc vintage, has been owned by a local Los Angeles motorcycle enthusiast for several years. was subject to a substantial overhaul by marque specialists, Century Cycles in 2015, including some minor customization. They de-carbonized the top end and installed new piston rings, added a very effective front disc brake with Brembo caliper, overhauled the rear brake and all suspension, including isolastics, wheels, powder-coating them in black with fresh rubber, plus a hydraulic clutch and belt-drive primary. Rizoma indicators and crackle-finish black headlight bucket complete the sinister feel of this very capable Norton.
The cosmetic condition of the bike is exceptional. The steel tank has been coated inside for protection and is free of scratches, as are panels. Mechanically, the bike is in excellent condition and is reported to run perfectly. It is fast and it handles and stops accordingly.