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#655234 - 06/02/16 2:34 am Norton commando doing wheelies ?  
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Hello Everyone, i just found a clip on youtube about a movie called stone which was a Australian biker film made in 1974. in it there is a guy on a Norton commando who is actually ken shorter an actor who owned the Norton and he did this stunt himself. i have met him and he told me that when he fell off, it wasn't scripted but they left it in the movie. he did move to London England which is where i met him. does anyone remember the movie which i believe was shot in Perth. i didn't think commandos could pull wheelies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IyLovut45E
i do have a sort of Norton being a 1966 matchless G15 CSR but i wouldn't want to try and pull wheelies on a single row primary chain. as a bit of trivia i think this is the only Norton/Matchless with a reverse cam plate. cheers. billy.

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#655237 - 06/02/16 3:18 am Re: Norton commando doing wheelies ? [Re: billy banger]  
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Good grief, Billy, lots of wheel stands were done on GoldIes and compy Matchless singles ! On single row primary chains.

#655252 - 06/02/16 7:30 am Re: Norton commando doing wheelies ? [Re: Triless]  
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Stone. Filmed in Sydney. The 'stoned out' scenes at the gang's hideout were filmed at the forts at Middle Head. The 'race' with the crash in was in Mosman or Neutral Bay.

Had a mate who road down the Newcastle freeway in the funeral scene.

Caused quite a trend in fashion for Z1 Kawasakis at the time.

I first saw it at the drive-in (ride-in as it was for us) as a double header with Mad Max (the original one).

Smiles all round.

Thanks for the memories.
Ray


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#655261 - 06/02/16 9:23 am Re: Norton commando doing wheelies ? [Re: billy banger]  
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I built a monoshock 850 Commando with a Megacycle cam and Sparx ignition, otherwise stock engine. It could wheelie on throttle alone, and that was with weight-forward (clip-on handlebars).

Yes, Commandos CAN wheelie.

Of course, those Commandos are living on the edge and can explode their crankshafts without notice...


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