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'74 Norton Commando 850

Anybody here know much about a 1974 Norton Commando 850 with kick start? While riding the VN 750 today I ran across a guy who was polishing up a Norton 850 that had been in a barn for a few years and was getting ready to roll it out to the street to sell. He was still a little soft on the asking price but around $3500. The engine turns over well and his son had replaced some parts a few years ago and had it running well according to the guy. Tomorrow the bike will be out on the road and for sale.

I've always had a soft spot for Norton 850s since my brother rode one for years all across the US except his had electric start. It was the 1st bike I ever sat on back when I was about 13 yrs old.

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Don't know a lot about them, but I always had to check out their ads for some reason.

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I had a 850 Commando. $3500 for one that actually runs sounds like a good deal.



Local shop had this one...he wanted $4800

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I had a 850 Commando. $3500 for one that actually runs sounds like a good deal.



Local shop had this one...he wanted $4800
From my limited research that one @ $4800 sounds like a great deal if it's 95% original.

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Don't know a lot about them, but I always had to check out their ads for some reason.

Is there a motorcycle in that picture?

I received a book last Christmas called "365 Motorcycles You Have to Ride".
There are some interesting pages on the English triumvirate of Norton, Triumph and BSA, plus several more British marques.

Daniel Meyer has an interesting paragraph in one of his stories that mentions a petite lady rider on a kick started Triumph.


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We also saw a small Triumph of unknown but old vintage. It was interesting as its rider was a very short (4’6”) and very petite lady. She might have weighed 95 pounds sopping wet. This bike had to be kick started, and I would have bet she could not do it. I would have lost. She would stand on the lever in its full-up position and it would not move. She would then jump well above the seat and land her entire weight full on the lever. A couple of tries and the beast would pop to life. Maybe one woman in ten thousand would try something like that. Interesting. I like interesting people.
(At the risk of hijacking this thread, check out Daniel's "Life Is A Road" stories accessible through the link above.)
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