1972 Norton Commando 750
Our superb 1972 Norton Commando 750 lovingly restored by a previous owner, sporting matching numbers and some great practical upgrades such as Norvil external oil filter kit, anti wet sump valve & electrics. There is a good thick folder of receipts and paperwork together with a service carried out by ourselves ready for her new owner!
As the 1960s wound down, Norton had a problem. To battle rivals BSA and Triumph, the company’s parallel twin had been taken to 750cc, and while the resulting Atlas model retained superior handling thanks to its Featherbed frame, now engine vibration was a problem for riders. The solution was ingenious and would make the Commando 750 and later 850 two of the most useable, rider-friendly Britbikes of the era. For 1968 a new frame held the engine/gearbox/swingarm unit in a rubber-mounted cradle, a remarkably efficient ‘Isolastic’ anti-vibration system that effectively isolated the motor’s oscillations from the rider as soon as revs passed 2,500 rpm. The new Commando became an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News’ ‘Machine of the Year’ five consecutive times in the UK. Besides the new frame, the rest of the running gear was pretty familiar – forks, hubs, brakes and transmission were as fitted to earlier Nortons, long proven in service. The engine’s forward-inclined cylinders added some flair, as did the sharply angled rear shocks and distinctive cast alloy footpeg carriers.