Norton Commando Fastback 1968 For Sale

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Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Description Norton Commando Fastback 1968

This is a very early
Commando, assembled in May 1968 at Plumstead in the old Matchless factory,
prior to production being moved to Andover. The Norton Owners Club-UK records
that this machine was in the first shipment of Commandos to the USA
Distributors, Berliners, on 1 July 1968.
The bike has been restored to
original appearance in classic British Racing Green and all the little details
are correct - original specification handlebar switches are fitted and the
tappet covers, footrests, the gear lever, and the foot brake lever are the
correct UNPOLISHED “as-cast and plated” appearance. The bicycle pump is under
the seat, and the side reflectors under the tank and at the rear are the
correct type with chrome surrounds (many “restored” Fastbacks lack these
fittings as they are so hard to source). NOTE! The machine DOES have
non-standard alloy wheels with s/steel spokes – but these were fitted by the
dealer who took delivery of the bike in 1968 and were on the bike when the very
first American owner took delivery, so I have left them on. Anyway, they look
The bike has had two brand
new Amal carbs fitted about 3,000 miles ago. It starts easily and idles
smoothly. The tyres are new Dunlops, The battery is a new sealed unit and has a
trickle charger fitted which will come with the bike so you know your battery
will be at peak condition always. Spark is handled by a Boyer electronic
ignition set. The bike has also had two new header pipes fitted recently.
There is a NEW leak-proof petrol
tank on the bike. The original fibreglass petrol tank became delaminated due to
modern fuel eating away the resin and has been replaced by an exact copy in
aircraft-grade aluminium alloy hand-made made in Australia by the very-well
regarded Bernie Willet. The tank was repainted by Roy Bogner, another
well-known Australian in the motorcycle fraternity. The new tank, with the
Bogner paint job, cost me almost $2,000. But it is worth every dollar as you
will NEVER have a problem with “modern” fuel eating your tank again, nor rust.
The bike will come with a
spare frame. The original widow-maker frame with the original frame number
stamping survived until about 1996 when it finally broke (they all did,
eventually). The widow-maker frame was replaced by the recommended and stronger
frame first developed by Norton back in 1969 and has a compliance plate on the
steering head re-stamped with the original number. But the original numbered frame
was re-welded and repainted, and will come with the bike as a spare for the
sake of “originality” (but it is up to you if you want to use it).
There are very few machines
this old where one knows its history, but you will with this machine as I have
been able to trace the bike’s history back to the first owner and the buyer
will get a summary of this history to keep. Do you want more history? This is the Commando which featured in the Australian STEETBIKE MAGAZINE (issue 50, 1997), and again
in issue 33 of the Australian OLD BIKE MAGAZINE. If you check the Norton Owners
Club UK web site you will also see that this bike was selected as the best
original example of a representative 1968 Commando, and featured as the
December machine on the 2009 NOC(UK) Calendar.
To sum up, this is a very
well documented machine with some excellent history associated with it. It is
not a trailer queen and therefore is not concours condition, but is still very
fresh and clean and has picked up Awards within the Norton Owners Club and at the Triumph Owners Club's LINK RUN. I can promise you that you will be proud to ride this classic motorcycle. Ask anyone in the Victorian NOC
who has seen it, they will tell you the same. Just in case you are wondering
why I am selling Henry (my bike’s name), I have, sadly, recently acquired a couple of
permanent physical disabilities which are making riding motorcycles difficult.
So I am hoping I can find my bike a good home.
The balance of the selling
price must be paid by BANK TRANSFER within ten days of the close of auction,
unless by prior agreement with myself – see next paragraph.
cannot meet the ten day payment limit but are SERIOUS about wanting this bike I
will consider holding the bike for longer so you can save some more money or
get a bank loan, but you MUST contact me BEFORE the auction ends so we can come
to an arrangement. If this is not done, the ten day limit applies.
If bidding on the machine
does not reach the reserve I will offer the bike to the closest bidder, so
please do your best to make the highest possible bid you can to get the first
offer. If you have any questions at all on the bike or any of the above PLEASE
contact me and I will give as much information as I can. Happy bidding, from Kim The
CD Man.

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Pellissier Siméon


Is your motorcycle still available please ?

Thanks by advance




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