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, a matching-numbers example of 1972 750cc vintage, is an Interstate model, equipped with the larger gas tank for the longer haul of touring. It was owned by an enthusiast based in Texas with a penchant for British bikes. He used it sparingly through the time in his collection, until it was traded through Classic Avenue. It was then subject to a full recommissioning and service to ready it for sale. A new battery, tires and an overhaul to the fuel system brought the bike up to fine running condition.
Cosmetically, the bike is in exceptionally good shape with only minor wear to chrome surfaces, frame, etc. The finish on the tank and side panels is excellent. The seat is new and just about perfect.
The bike starts easily and runs well. Brakes and suspension work as they should, as do electrical systems. The odometer shows 3,600 miles, but I have nothing to say that is original. Power is plentiful and the bike handles and stops in the same vein.
This is a fantastic opportunity to buy a true British motorcycling icon with impeccable maintenance history, in great riding condition.