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'72 Norton Commando
by cmessenk on 09/26/08 4:32 pm

My 1972 Combat, purchased in 1978 and a daily rider until I had to lay her down in 1986 to avoid a head-on collision. The bike spent the next 22 years living in garages, sheds and under tarps until it was totally restored this past year (2008). Features include original Dunstall fairing, tank and seat installed by the previous owner in 1974, Mikuni flat-slide carb (TM34), Clubman rearsets, new adjustable isolastics, Excel rims SS spokes and new Avons...needless to say it's great to have her back!!

Photos include before/after shots and post-restoration side shot.

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#215708 - 09/27/08 4:58 pm Re: '72 Norton Commando [Re: cmessenk]  
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#220451 - 10/24/08 4:13 pm Re: '72 Norton Commando [Re: Steve in Tulsa]  
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Wow, beautiful bike! Really love that Dunstall setup. Bravo!

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I just received my 2009 BritBike Calendar and what a beauty!! I was very surprised to see my Commando featured on the October page. The caption, however, reads "1970 Norton Commando" GrandPaul, etc....so I feel a correction is in order.

For what it's worth, the caption should read: "1972 Norton Commando". "cmessenk" Chip Messenkopf - St. Petersburg, FL USA

Cheers!


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#239392 - 02/23/09 2:14 pm Re: '72 Norton Commando [Re: cmessenk]  
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Chip, I corrected them, but too late, sorry.


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#239831 - 02/25/09 5:06 pm Re: '72 Norton Commando [Re: cmessenk]  
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Thats what i like to see!!---------Determination......... Looks awesome my man! bigt bigt

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8500 miles with no problems to speak of...1st kick starter even after 3 weeks of sitting...owe it all to Windy aka "bill50cal" on the Brit Bike Forum...thanks Windy for all your help thru the years!!


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#397982 - 10/08/11 10:21 pm Re: '72 Norton Commando [Re: cmessenk]  
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Originally Posted By: cmessenk
The caption, however, reads "1970 Norton Commando" GrandPaul, etc....so I feel a correction is in order.

For what it's worth, the caption should read: "1972 Norton Commando". "cmessenk" Chip Messenkopf - St. Petersburg, FL USA

Cheers!


that's a bit of a kick in the balls eh?


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