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Old 07-27-2014, 09:45 AM   #511
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:14 PM   #512
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:15 PM   #513
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:16 PM   #514
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:54 AM   #515
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:42 AM   #516
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:18 AM   #517
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:50 PM   #518
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:47 PM   #519
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Nice one Kevin.The new job must be treating you right.

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Old 08-30-2014, 07:23 PM   #521
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:37 AM   #522
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Good Morning,
I'm contemplating buying a Norton Commando and have read every piece of info I can about them, but the main question that remains unanswered is this, are they a suitable motorcycle for daily use? I don't want one to sit in the garage or a show bike. I appreciate that workshop time will be essential and I dont mind that and see that aspect of bike ownership as a plus.


So Commando owners your views please on any aspects that you feel I might not have considered.

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Old 08-31-2014, 08:02 AM   #523
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So after studying the books, and my new Norton, all the signs are that this bike is a "combat" Commando, but what does that mean in real terms? I know what it means in mechanical terms and differences in model spec.
I have to say it starts real easy, and sounds great through the Dunstall's.

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Old 09-01-2014, 04:08 AM   #524
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Good Morning,
I'm contemplating buying a Norton Commando and have read every piece of info I can about them, but the main question that remains unanswered is this, are they a suitable motorcycle for daily use? I don't want one to sit in the garage or a show bike. I appreciate that workshop time will be essential and I dont mind that and see that aspect of bike ownership as a plus.


So Commando owners your views please on any aspects that you feel I might not have considered.

Regards DWC
i've used one as a daily transport for three or four years. ( 25.000 km/year)
At the time it was also my only means of transportation.

my experience?
My commando was completely unsuitable as a means of transport.
It got a bit better when i had two engines, so i could ride one while rebuilding the other.
Even so on occasions i had no transport because both engines needed repairs.

Nowadays you can built a pretty bulletproof engine using upgraded aftermarket parts, but unless you start with one of those, relying on a commando for daily transport is not for the faint hearted.

may be somebody else did 100.000 miles with just regular maintenance,
i'm happy for them.
i can only rely on my own experience , which hasnt been very good.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:56 AM   #525
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You will find more information at the accessnorton forum.

My brand new 1973 combat dropped a valve on me during a trip to Israel, cracked its main bearings at 5000 miles, etc etc.

I'm not saying you can't build a reliable one, but you will need to know what you are doing and it will cost some. I would not expect a random nnewly purchased norton to be reliable.

On the plus side parts are available, some are made to a decent spec and prices are generally less than airhead parts.. Norton Andover and RGM motors can provide decent parts, avoid parts and complete bikes supplied by Norvil.

P.s don't buy a Norton with a fibreglass fuel tank, it either has rotted through or will do so shortly. Fibreglass and ethanol don't mix

I have a norton on my workbench.....but ride 2 airheads.
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