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#309036 - 04/20/10 1:58 am 74 Norton Commando monoshock cafe racer, Version 3  
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Finally done with the last details JUST IN TIME to load up tomorrow and take off Weds to Willow Springs-







1984 Norton 850 Commando frame (powdercoated)

1984 Norton 850 engine, polished primary, timing & tranny covers, rocker inspection caps

.020 oversize pistons, mild performance camshaft (SS/2S/clone)

RH10 head with tapered 32 to 30 mm intake manifolds, AMAL 932 carbs

Custom monoshock swingarm, Showa 3-way multi-adjustable shock absorber unit

Suzuki TL1000 inverted forks, dual 300mm full floating cast iron rotors with 6-pot Tokico calipers

Mark III drilled & ground rear disc brake & sprocket / hub assembly, Nissin master cylinders front & rear

Excel non-shouldered aluminum 18" rims front & rear, laced by Buchanan's with stainless spokes

Avon AM 26 Roadrider 100/90-18 tires front & rear, Dreer VR880 front hub

Lyta Sprint polished aluminum gas tank w/ monza cap, Dreer "Boat-tail" seat

Suzuki TL1000 clip-ons, Magura clutch lever, home-made rearset footpegs

Sparx electronic ignition, Tympanium solid state voltage regulator/rectifier

Individually fused electrical circuits for ignition, headlight, tail light and horn/relay.

There are other nifty little details, I need to update the final spec sheet...

Last edited by GrandPaul; 04/20/10 1:58 am.

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Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, some BSA & European
"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
#309038 - 04/20/10 2:02 am Re: 74 Norton Commando monoshock cafe racer, Version 3 [Re: GrandPaul]  
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"Made in England, Born Again in Texas"



I've had it out and about and it's definitely a performer. It'll keep up with most modern sportbikes in the twisty stuff, just doesn't have what it takes to keep up with 4 valve per cylinder double overhead cam fuel injected in-line fours when the roda straightens out.

Then again, who rides straight roads?


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Author of the book "Old Bikes"
Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, some BSA & European
"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
#309562 - 04/23/10 5:38 pm Re: 74 Norton Commando monoshock cafe racer, Version 3 [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Originally Posted By: GrandPaul
"Made in England, Born Again in Texas"



I've had it out and about and it's definitely a performer. It'll keep up with most modern sportbikes in the twisty stuff, just doesn't have what it takes to keep up with 4 valve per cylinder double overhead cam fuel injected in-line fours when the roda straightens out.

Then again, who rides straight roads?
Very nice.

#311561 - 05/04/10 5:35 pm Re: 74 Norton Commando monoshock cafe racer, Version 3 [Re: 441Guy]  
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totally killer.

#311977 - 05/06/10 11:35 pm Re: 74 Norton Commando monoshock cafe racer, Version 3 [Re: Chadd]  
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Now for sale on e-bay-

e-bay listing

As usual, I'll tender reasonable offers off-line from forum members. grandpaulz@hotmail.com

Lots more photos in the e-bay listing, and the complete build story on my Old Bikes forum at The old Bikes Forum


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Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, some BSA & European
"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"


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