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Originally Posted by Rohan
And a close up of a beaten up FFBlue tank in otherwise remarkably good condition.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/GIQAAOSw2nBgqAs8/s-l1600.jpg

When you see a painted FireFlake Blue 850 as original, you realise that earlier fibreglass
and later painted finishes were rather different shades of fireflake blue ...

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/OKoAAOSwXjxem53s/s-l1600.jpg

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A 1971 750S in the UK.
Think we'll call that Cobalt Blue.
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/RPwAAOSwmv9hGkcC/s-l1600.jpg

A Jubilee scheme Mk3 in Michigan.
Fully refurbished, very well done, said to be factory applied original paint. Maybe ?
Peashooters have replaced the black caps (mufflers).
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/RLsAAOSwpkBhHEm9/s-l1600.jpg

A Fireflake Blue Mk2 850 in Brewster NY.
Refinished paint, but very true to the original.
[Linked Image from images.craigslist.org]

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Interesting paint on a bike out in Florida.
1972, likely a Combat

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/W7IAAOSwKHVhIvk~/s-l1600.jpg

That D-shaped panel on the tank was only on the black&gold versions ?

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750S for auction in Oz

[Linked Image from online.doningtonauctions.com.au]
https://online.doningtonauctions.com.au/images/lot/2517/25177_0.jpg

And a (rare ?) Fireflake Emerald Green one
With a DIY exhaust system it would seem.
http://suprememotos.com/uploads/pos...british-mc-v-rare-street-scrambler-5.JPG

And a couple of poiple ones. With a reminder that purple comes in many shades.
And not everything is 'Fireflake' nor 'Roman'.

http://automotoclassicsale.com/sites/default/files/ebay_292241669297_1.jpg

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LAADIDlz...As/s1600/Norton%2B750%2BCommando%2B1.JPG

And an almost* pristine Mk 3 in Jubilee colors in Kentucky.
*(switchgear has been changed, no mirror ?)
Plastic airbox, blackcap mufflers and balanced exhausts all intact.
Sidecovers are original, tank is said to be a repaint.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/nusAAOSwKA9hNOv7/s-l1600.jpg

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And now for something completely different - not Fireflake Blue in the slightest.
And many altered parts on a Dunstall.
I think thats the bluest Norton I may have ever seen ... !

[Linked Image from images1.bonhams.com]


And a blue Interstate Combat, more a metallic Cobalt Blue. Dunstall mufflers.
http://www.britcycle.com/bikes/forsale/Dlp750_72_Nor_Comm_Interstate_Combat_001.JPG


And a metallic blue on Yesterdays, Interstate sidecovers 1971

https://www.yesterdays.nl/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Norton-1971-Commando-750-AF-1.jpg

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AN are selling a FireFlake Blue 71 750 said to be in its all original fibreglass clothes.
And it looks it.

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https://i.postimg.cc/0QjBnbnZ/1d70dfe9716a35831ec7c737cbcdff.png

We may have seen this before, but the sale was postponed for plague/health reasons !

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NOS Fireflake Golden Bronze sidecover on fleabay.
My, these come in a range of shades of bronze and copper !

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Yup I'd say that was Cobalt Blue
BLUE, innit !!

https://www.accessnorton.com/media/norton-Commando.35/full?d=1510163830

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A recent posting here of a bike 'built from boxes'.
Nice bike, JDH - very original 850 in glorious FireFlake Blue.

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And a rarely seen scheme for an Interstate.
Its almost blue. Almost ...

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/bYEAAOSwD7xhXGUL/s-l1600.jpg

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And anothery, even less seen.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/08MAAOSwkCthXosu/s-l1600.jpg

And this candy apple red seems to have lost some/most of the red !
Silver basecoat rather apparent there.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/kaAAAOSwZ7ZhH9Dl/s-l1600.jpg

Which may or may not have much to do with FFBlue at all.

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And what is claimed to be a Pacific Blue bike (repaint).

[Linked Image from cdn1.cycletrader.com]

Now I'd say thats more like the solid blue that Interstates were done in.
Smart looking bike, mostly very original.
Decals on the tank and sidecovers look small ?

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A cNw Commando.
FFBlue, but not quite.
Spot all the changes.
This pic seems to be compressed vertically a bit,
but I can't figure out how to undo it.

[Linked Image from cdn1.cycletrader.com]

And a pair of genuine factory FireFlake Blue sidecovers on Access Norton, discussing pinstripes.
Note the early decal - top - with a black surround.
And the later decal all one colour - lower
It won't display, it'll have to be clickable

https://www.accessnorton.com/attachments/img_9006-jpg.82236/

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Originally Posted by Rohan
And what is claimed to be a Pacific Blue bike (repaint).

[Linked Image from cdn1.cycletrader.com]

Now I'd say thats more like the solid blue that Interstates were done in.
Smart looking bike, mostly very original.
Decals on the tank and sidecovers look small ?


Looks an Ebay special from India..


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I think you have hit the nail on the head there.

If you go shopping for decals, they range from 5" to 8" at a quick viewing.
The originals were 6" (155mm to be precise ?), so thats a wide range ...

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/133877620711?hash=item1f2bba5fe7:g:AN4AAOSwkgdhQeg9
https://www.ebay.com/itm/384252079103?hash=item5977356bff:g:DegAAOSwWSxf1dun

These are all over Ebay, these are just a few..
Sadly, a lot more of this kind of stuff will be coming.

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Originally Posted by MichaelB
Sadly, a lot more of this kind of stuff will be coming.

Aye.
If only they had an original sample to work from, so it was 100% accurate, rather than less than 100%.
And some paint samples and schemes to work from.
Close, but no cigar. Pinstriping is not quite complete - and thicker than original.

Now I'll confess I've bought a bare tank and some bare sidecovers from a similar source..
They actually weren't too bad, although needed some 'fettling' to fit better.
Surface finish wasn't too brilliant either, but painted out.

I've seen some (genuine original) sidecovers advertised as with a 'dent' in them.
Little do folks know that that 'dent' is designed to be there - so they fit better !
(battery side).

Hmmm, that seller sez "Does not ship to Australia".
And is quite a bit more expensive than some.

I see you can buy similar stuff in the USA - same source perhaps.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/154659476373
Not the whole set though ??

And no-one does FireFlake Blue replica ones ! - yet ?
Maybe thats my calling in life ...

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I should have added though that I personally was pleased to see some of this stuff appearing as replicas to stir folks
into action, there were DECADES when things like tanks and sidecovers were simply unavailable,

It seems no-one took any action to save the dies to press them from being scrapped.
ANYONE KNOW WHERE/WHO PRESSED THEM BACK IN THE 1970s ?

I know of someone who sent an Interstate tank to India recent-ish to have copied.
I think this explains the better quality of those currently appearing. ?

A supplier available from here's offering - quite a different shade of blue. And much less $$
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/b1oAAOSwWOJfUOGM/s-l1600.jpg
Not FireFlake Blue though, pinstripes are thick and a bit short.
Dunno why they pinstripe for a 750 either ...
Other than that, they look rather good ... ?

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Yet another shade of FireFlake Golden Bronze on an 850 NOS sidecover - fibreglass

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/SP8AAOSwaIRhjSq7/s-l1600.jpg

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Originally Posted by Rohan
Yet another shade of FireFlake Golden Bronze on an 850 NOS sidecover - fibreglass

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/SP8AAOSwaIRhjSq7/s-l1600.jpg
Doesn't look "orangey" enough to match original tone...


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Mmmmm, if you've been following FFBronze and this thread the FireFlake Golden Bronze shades seem to vary - enormously ? Seem to range from copper to bronze, and everything in between. Some even with a hint of gold.

This one is also on fleabay, said to be NOS Also fibreglass 850 one.
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9mYAAOSwRUpgGMXW/s-l1600.jpg

If someone somewhere was churning them out as 'replica nos' ones,
I'd expect that some of them at least would be the same shade as each other ?!!
As it is, they vary all over the shop ...
(and they are nearly always RHS ones, as a cover for the oil tank.).

[Linked Image from s22.postimg.cc]

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/JfcAAOSwd0BV20QW/s-l1600.jpg

https://www.accessnorton.com/attachments/13-13-jpg.52047/

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Seeing the blue Commando S sent me back on a little time trip to 1971, when L.Coleman, a friend of mine, won the Queensland TT Unlimited Production race at Surfers Paradise Raceway on just such a bike. I don't recall a Commando actually winning a Production Race anywhere else in Australia. More trivia.


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Is that Len Coleman ?

Well there's a challenge, I'm going to have to find a pic, aren't we. !
Bit before my time, so I may be struggling. And most mags back then were b&w photos.

Len Atlee gave a good account of hisself on various Nortons (and Triumphs, and and and.)
Not sure that he won on a Norton though, like you say.

https://i.prcdn.co/img?regionKey=a57CMok2y%2F%2FFWTbp0fIoAQ%3D%3D

https://i.prcdn.co/img?regionKey=xKKKLCVnKeHfqsMU3c2xBg%3D%3D

Interstate tank and high pipes is an interesting combination ?
https://amcn.com.au/wp-content/uplo...-500-Superbike-Series_clean_edited-2.jpg
https://www.oldbikemag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Len-Atlee-Norton-73.jpg

We seem to have jumped off into bike racing.
But never mind.
And if we can find a blue one that won ! ....

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Originally Posted by Rohan
I'm going to have to find a pic, aren't we. .

Long time ago Rohan, most of us were known by nick-names. And most of the nick-names were unrepeatable on a family forum such as this one.

No pics of the Norton in the article, I think that the journalist's nose was out of joint. He showed a distinct preference for another rider. ("Graeme ... had to push even harder to get past the big Norton which was using up most of the track as it drifted from side to side through the 'S' bends...." His mate Graeme fell and remounted to finish third behind Graeme (sic) Gates

Results are from a copy of "Motorcycle Sports" magazine, 19th May 1971, Vol 1 No.22 price .20c (the price of 1/2 gal. of petrol).. The whole thing is b/w in newspaper form. The classified ads are interesting, you could have a 1959 Gold Star with c/r box for $280. Not much, given that I was on the point of parting with $2,000 for a brand new BMW.

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Thats going to make it a challenge to find a pic then, isn't it. !
I wonder where the gentleman in questions' photo collection is .. ?

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