1973 Norton Interstate For Sale

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Description 1973 Norton Interstate

This 1973 Norton Interstate 850cc is exceptional for it's originality. Bike is practically unchanged from it's assembly and shipping from England. Original Norton Blue Paint & decals. Silk screened tank emblems and hot-⁠stamped side cover emblems, not sign cut vinyl stuck on a re-⁠spray job. This is an true authentic "Interstate" which is composed of the original handle bars, mirrors, fuel tank, side covers, seat and grab rail. Fenders, mufflers, chain guard, signals, hand controls, flawless chrome rims, chain oiler assembly, airbox assembly, battery box assembly with correct hold-down straps, even the power take-off port has the keeper still in place. All these elements are complete and unmodified as it left the factory. Rear axle nuts and adjusters are in real nice shape, indicating good care always. All the bolts, which are marked with a debossed disc, original to the bike. The N.O.S. Dunlop rear rim-⁠lock even has the raw-⁠hide grommet, as it should! Replacement of consumables, and worn parts have been done as needed over time. The recommended tires (new) are correctly oriented to the Schrader valve. The new battery is the recommended battery type, and the rubber cushions to secure it were replaced when the battery compartment was refurbished. About 1,200 miles ago the clutch basket and plates replaced. Also +20 premium pistons & rings & bore. Head got the exhaust-nut inserts at that time too. Actually the failed threads caused the top-end work, prudent to do that task then. New head-pipes w/ correct balance tube installed at this time too. Carb slides have been sleeved. Carb to airbox boots new. Swing-arm has brace-clamps fitted. I installed a head-steady too. New engine sprocket, chain and brake drum sprocket. Rear hub cush-blocks replaced. Master cylinder & hydraulic line replaced. Exhause suspension rubberized bolts replaced routinely. New front rotor. Clutch, speedometer and tachometer cables replaced. Looks like a new (Asian) speedo drive. Both gauges (Made in France) "green Norton Ball) are correct and original to the bike. Rebuilt and set to zero. Nothing lasts forever, 'specially Veglia gauges! The paint on right side cover is age blemished, passes in appearance in my opinion all things considered. Foot brake damaged in course of fixing a flat tire - center stand sunk, bike capsized and slid down concrete swale on highway. Captured headlight nut broke away, welded fix. Slight blue on shell, concealed by ears. I replaced the shell wiring pass-through grommets during that repair, so that's new. Approximately 10 miles ago, new fork tubes, seals, and my choice to fit gaiters. nice new hand grips. Finally, my primary technician, S. Hamel (think Bonneville/Vincent/ Rollie Free) personally replaced and adjusted entire isolastic system + exhaust inserts. Premium parts purchased from M. Klempf. Interstate's have low-level pipes for a good reason - to facilitate luggage! Milage running 45mpg average (or maybe higher if I remember right) With 6.5 gallons of fuel, range approaching 300 miles is what you get. With the larger Norton seat, it really is comfortable Interstate traveling. Norton 850 engine is pretty relaxed. Just over 4,000 rpm yeilds approximately 65 mph as I recall. I purchased from 1st owner with 800 miles, when I was 26.My Norton Interstate has been faithfully maintained and given me years of riding pleasure. I'm 66 years now, and need to let go on stuff - there you have it! Logan

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