How much are Nortons really worth?

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  1. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    For you guys warning me about the cost, I have restored a '68 TR6R so I have first hand experience on how to lose money on a bike ;)

    I also have a '74 XLCH I have completely torn apart, a '72 FLH and a mismatched Triumph T120 frame and engine I need to do something with. So I really feel like I need another project. In all fairness the Electraglide I am just going to paint and it is good to go so it really isn't a project.
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  2. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Eek, I’ve put pazon ignition, new Amal carbs, borrani rims, Alton start lansdown fork internals.... should have bought a new 1200 Thruxton
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  3. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    No one has mentioned "Lucas, the Prince of Darkness". :lol3

    Positive ground, and Whitworth hardware to boot, what's to hate? :rofl

    I really don't hate them, I'm just a Kawasaki guy. :D

    @villageidiot you could make a butt load of money selling parts at $2500 a pop. A butt load. The stuff sells fast, too.
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Totally, but I already work a 50hr week, have a pretty solid side hustle growing, and coupled with hanging with the wife and walking the dog, I’m pretty much tapped on hours of the day. Also, I live in a condo, and space is a factor, I have a nice garage, but I’m already operating a business and storing inventory, plus the wife has to park in there, and my trailer is in there too.
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  5. bmwrench

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    His quote actually referred to /2 BMWs. I use it as regards Nortons because they're such a PITA. I stopped working on them several years ago because they took so much of my time that I couldn't get anything else done-and as I often say: "Commandos are the only motorcycle I know of that break when they're sitting still". You guys can love them. I won't respect you any less because you do. In fact, me not wanting one leaves more for you.
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  6. LJ3

    LJ3 Been here awhile

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    I've usually got around 10-15 britbikes at any one time and always a couple of commandos, relative to a /5 the nortons require a lot of maintainence but with a few modern upgrades they are surprisingly reliable. Start by ditching the zenor diode, install a tri spark and a new alternator and the Lucas electrical gremlins are pretty much gone.
    My commandos get ridden a lot, I would have no fear hopping on either one and going on a 3000 mile trip.
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  7. katanarama

    katanarama riding > posting

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    Did you find out anything else about the Laverda?
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  8. canoeguy

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    I honestly don't know anything about that one. Other than it's a 73. Like the other he has been in storage for a long long time. I am confident he wants to sell it though.
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  9. pikl

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    73' Laverda is likely the 750SF. They were common in Italy and near it (I live in Slovenia...), but I guess quite rare elsewhere. They used lots of japanese components (compared to f.e. Moto Guzzi or Gilera, Morini...), and they were quite reliable (perhaps even more than the Norton).
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    pics if you ever get back there, pls.
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  11. canoeguy

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    Oh, I haven't been there yet...we haven't built the house yet, we are in the design phase. He's getting the pics and when he does I will definitely post them up.
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  12. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Worrying about what it's worth potentially seems like looking at the problem wrong. You say you like Triumphs and BSA ? Well let's run with that , Nortons look good , the isolastic system takes out most of the intrusive vibes and a 750 or 850 on a diet can get down to sub-350 pounds.
    Sounds like a fun ride to me.
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  13. canoeguy

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    I don't think it's backwards at all, I think it is making sure I don't pay 5k for a 3k bike.

    We all love bikes here. I am going to guess that most of us have had quite a few and we often buy, sell, and trade. I don't mind losing a little money if I enjoy a bike for awhile or longer but that doesn't mean I want to be taken to the cleaners.

    As well, I may not even get either and I want to make sure I can give the fellow a realistic and fair price he can ask for.
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  14. numbat

    numbat Been here awhile

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    Any tips or information regarding Commando weight reduction.
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    Cheeper and healthier for you to lose 5 pounds than take it off the bike!
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  16. SportsterTom

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    Commando's are pretty spindly with a already light CroMo frame, IIRC around 25lbs. Maybe some Akront aluminum rims, bonus eliminating some un-sprung weight.
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    At 68kgs/150lbs I am unlikely to lose even ‘5lbs’ and can already demonstrate the advantages of lighter weight.
    My Norton is built to be used so bk brkr baker’s suggestion that a decent drop in the bikes weight is possible is of interest.


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  18. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    To the OP: Easy to tell if the Norton is a 68 or 69 as the tach cable comes out of the right side case and the cable runs up against the exhaust. Earlier than 68 and it would be an Atlas not a Comando, with the cyls straight up and down, not tilted forward. Also 68 thru 71 Commandos had drum brakes, disc brakes were on 72 and newer.

    68Norton-Commando-Fastback-engine-R.jpg
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  19. numbat

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    78 Bitza.
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  20. Strong Bad

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    Is that a Fastback Long Range tanks/seat? I understand they were built for Oz and only 400 or so were made.

    Bitza?? As in Bits of this and bits of that? That tach drive was abandoned by Norton long before disc brakes. I'm guessing it has an electronic tach now?
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