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Old 01-29-2013, 01:21 AM   #91
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I've got a 16H on its way to me... I brought the frame home, the rest is following along behind... due in about a month







Its a '38. I'll put it back to WW2 colours for the Aussie Army, as my father rode one in the Middle East, Greece and Crete. (this one is ex Indian Air Force)

Paint's off the frame.

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:43 AM   #92
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I was at a vintage motorcycle show on the weekend and saw something I've never seen before......beautiful bike!






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Old 01-29-2013, 06:46 AM   #93
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:20 AM   #94
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roadholder screwed with this post 01-29-2013 at 09:34 AM
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:29 AM   #95
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I know they were of their ere but they're a terrible looking bike.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:37 AM   #96
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I know they were of their ere but they're a terrible looking bike.
I guess it depends on what you compare it to!

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:40 AM   #97
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My mate Paul has one of those..
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:53 AM   #98
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I guess it depends on what you compare it to!
Built for the Americans...say no more
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #99
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very nice bike and that is a good deal...though personally I don't know how practical it would be to ride a Commando if you don't do your own work. I've owned two and both required fairly frequent tinkering (though I usually enjoy that and consider it part of the Norton experience) , it would be a major PITA to have to take your bike somewhere for service frequently. As was said accessnorton.com is an excellent resource

Thanks for the feedback and the link to the site. I'm an Airhead owner, so know my way around a wrench. To be honest my main concern is that I am about 75% of the way to making a BMW cafe racer, so this would be a somewhat redundant bike. While it would have two seats vs the one, I would always be longing to give it some Dunstall or Manx garb, thus enhancing the redundancy. The main thing is that it's my dad selling the bike, and if I have to I will buy it to keep it in the family. I guess it could sit in my living room (and be taken out occasionally) while I finish the cafe...
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #100
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Built for the Americans...say no more
How does that explain Kevin's mate?
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #101
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How does that explain Kevin's mate?
maybe he has American aspirations. I'm sure Kev will explain...
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:05 AM   #102
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My condolences to him!
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #103
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No, nothing that easy, Paul just likes weird!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:01 PM   #104
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That bike is a decent seat and a normal set of bars away from being awesome.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:43 PM   #105
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I have the opportunity to acquire a 850 commando (electric) for what I believe is a steal, $4,500. Here is the bike:



So my concerns are:

- maintenance to keep it running (approx. cost per year)
- Any special parts that are expensive but easy to break/go bad?
- Support/Mechanic in Northern California?
- Corbin Gunfighter seat still available and fits 2 people? Conversion needed or plug and play?
- any other things to know about / look out for?
I paid that for my 75' a year ago and it was a mess, if you don't want it let me know!
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