Norton Çommando 850 Mk 3 Electric Start For Sale

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AU $28.500.00
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Item Location: 
Logan, QLD, Australia
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Four-speed manual
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Electric start
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Description Norton Çommando 850 Mk 3 Electric Start

I am selling my Norton Commando MK 3.

This bike has an interesting tale to go with it.

Decades ago, either in the 70s or 80s (that part was not totally clear), the owner/rider of this bike had a bit of an incident. The oiling system failed, I think due to a split oil pump feed bush sealing washer, and shortly thereafter the left hand rod seized and broke. The cases were destroyed, well beyond repair, with the crack extending through to the cam bush boss. The barrels also took a hiding, along with the lifters, cam, etc.

The bike was still on std crank and bore at the time, and it appeared to me to be a fairly low mileage bike, with a blown motor, parts missing everywhere, and decades of filth from sitting.

The owner, after a period of time, gave up on the bike. It was left at a relatives property who was going to "take a look at it". But it proved too much, and he also gave up. It was left aside, covered up.

Eventually it was decided to sell the bike, and I bought it, with a twist. The bike was also sold to someone else (possibly some confusion somehow) and bad news, it went to the other guy (the good news for me was the seller did promptly ensure I got a full refund). So I thought that was that.

However, the new owner………… (you guessed it)………… gave up (decided to move on anyhow).

I noticed the bike for sale again, and recognised it immediately, even though more parts were now missing.
I knew it would be a total frame up job, and then some, but as I had already thought the bike was mine once, I decided to take it on regardless.

Frame was very good.
The frame was, surprisingly, in excellent condition, the only issues being a worn steering stop, which a little weld and dressing cured, and the bracket for the seat hinge had been chopped off a bit, so that was replaced. Otherwise, rust free, and very straight. Frame was painted, not powdercoated.

I went with my preferred wheel set-up, Devon stainless rims, in WM 3, with Buchanan stainless spokes, and Avon RoadRider tyres. Wheel bearings are all new sealed type, including the double row.
Rotors are stainless on an alloy carrier, very expensive sadly, but they do look good. Brake lines are braided, with front master cal sleeved to 1/2 inch, rear master a new stainless item, and calipers all fitted with stainless pistons. Items like indicators, fenders, headlight, etc, are all new.

New fork tubes, of course, with new NJB rear shocks.

All new wiring harness, with elec reg/rec, TriSpark gin, coils and leads, and a new Mikuni VM 34.

Gauges are Smiths Electronic (KPH speedo)

Engine was wrecked.
The engine rebuild started with new Andover crankcases, the crank was crack tested and then reground, replacement stock rods, new std cam, replacement lifters, replacement barrel bored to 020, cyl head with new Black Diamond valves and guides, new springs, replacement oil pump, cam chain, etc.
I replaced all engines hardware with either new genuine(where tension is critical, like a cyl head fastener), or new stainless (like the rocker cover bolts).
Starts easily, and ticks over nicely. Good power, and a really great note.

Gearbox was pretty good.
The case had no damage, and gears were in really good condition. Shafts were straight and unworn. I fitted new bearings, using as I tend to do a 6203 TB P63 for the layshaft (aka the "Hemmings" bearing).

Primary was also in good shape.
Some items needed replacing, but not too much. I fitted new Barnett clutch plates, and a High Power chrome starter motor (with new AGM sealed battery, and heavy leads).

As mentioned, there were a lot of parts missing, including the tank and side covers, seat, grab rail, gauges, and a lot more.
So the tank and side covers were sourced separately from another bike I had. They are original Mk 3 items. The seat is new from Andover Norton. Grab rail is original from another bike.

That's a basic overview of the bike. It was ridiculously expensive and time consuming, and save for the circumstances surrounding my first attempt to buy the bike, I would have passed it by the second time (as it was in even worse shape, with more parts missing)..
But I did not, and I can say I am pleased the bike narrowly missed the scrapheap, and (I assume) will likely remain on the road again pretty much forever.
Not surprisingly, the bike presents like a brand new bike.
It runs and rides very well.

I have had many Commandos, and a lot of Mk 3 models, but it was a pretty exciting day when the "Pallet Bike" roared back into life after possibly 30 or more years of silence.

Please do view the pictures carefully, as they form an important part of the description.

Like everyone, I am a busy person. If you think this would make a good bike for you, then please feel free to contact me. If not, then please just look elsewhere.

The motorcycle is unregistered.
There is no warranty.
Prompt payment please.
Any transporting is the sole responsibility of the buyer.
This listing may end at any time.

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