Sorry it's now
You are looking at a 1973 Norton Commando 850cc Mark 1 Interstate. I
have owned this bike since 1986 and have progressively
improved it to approach the ideal for long distance fast touring. It is
not a concours example of
an original bike - if that's what you want then please don't look any
further. It is a reliable and sound bike
still hold its own with the moderns and which is easily capable of
cruising at 70mph for hour after hour and of
dealing with back to back 300 mile days and coming back for more.
One of the first few thousand 828cc bikes which solved many of the
problems of the 750 engines. These bikes are fitted as standard
with the full-flow oil filter and the sump strainer. They also have the
revised steering geometry giving precise handling
at speeds up to the ton. Over the years I have owned the bike I have
added many features to improve its performance, reliability
and robustness including:
original components are also
included eg front disc and caliper,
footrests and brake pedal, airbox, Interstate side panels.
- 12 inch fully floating front disc (RGM), Lockheed racing caliper
and smaller bore master cylinder
- Norman Hyde fork brace
- Single Amal Concentric Type 2 34mm carb with K&N filter
- Rearset footrests (with rose jointed gearchange linkage for
- Mark 3 isolastics
- Powder coated frame, swinging arm etc
- Unleaded valve seats (fitted by the late and much missed Fred
- Boyer Bransden electronic ignition with improved baseplate
- Fully rewired with proper fusebox and relocated ignition switch
- Honda handlebar switchgear
- Sigma hard panniers with rear rack
- Many stainless parts including handlebars and many engine bolts
Throughout the 1990s, I took the bike on annual long distance trips.
The furthest of these was to Greece and back, a total of 3,500
miles which was completed in a riding time of 12 days (with a few days
off in the middle for recovery - mine not the bike!). I
have also been to the Alps and Pyrenees several times, to the far North
of Scotland and round the western coasts of the UK. The Commando
has always brought me home safely under its own power. Many favourable
comments on its performance and sound have been received from
other motorcyclists on the dockside at Cherbourg. I also completed five
ACU National Rallies on the bike, in each of which I gained a Gold or
Special Gold (involving covering upwards of 500 miles in 24 hours)
The bike is in generally very good to excellent condition although
cosmetically could be improved in a number of areas, the chief of which
is the petrol tank which is looking a little tired in places. The
exhausts although sound are dulled and have some surface rust marks.
wheel has been rebuilt using a British chrome rim and fitted with a new
TT100. The front rim is OK but a bit tarnished in places, with
another TT100 in excellent nick. The speedo head is the original green
spot version but the rev counter is a later one with the NVT logo
which I fitted after the original failed. I have been meticulous about
maintenance on this machine and mechanically it is spot on, does not
leak or burn
oil and runs very sweetly. The bike has been off the road and kept in
dry storage for the last 4 years and will be sold with a full MoT.
So why am I selling it?
Having owned the bike for nearly 20 years, I feel the time has come to
move on. I have a 1949 Model 18 in kit form which has been languishing
awaiting rebuild for some 10 years and have also bought a modern bike
(Triumph Tiger). This has meant that I am not riding the Commando and
feel it would be sensible to pass it on to someone who would, rather
than have it gathering dust. I'm sure I will be sorry to see it go but
I've always believed motorcycles are for using not looking at.
Hear it here....