1975 Norton 829cc Commando 'Fastback'
Registration no. HGA 227N
Frame no. 111554
Engine no. 111554
The Commando's vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers to successfully prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, with production commencing in 1968, the Commando used the preceding Featherbed-framed Atlas model's 750cc engine and AMC gearbox, and was an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News' 'Machine of the Year' for five consecutive years. It might have been a little down in top speed compared to rivals such as BSA-Triumph's 750cc triples and Honda's CB750 four, but the Commando more than made up for this minor deficiency with superior mid-range torque and steadier handling. The sole model available initially became the 'Fastback', so called because of its streamlined seat cowl, when the range was extended by the addition of a more sporting, though conventionally styled, 'S' version in 1969. Introduced in 1973, the '850' version (actually 829cc) featured a larger-bore, through-bolted cylinder block, a stronger gearbox casting and an all-metal clutch among a host of other, more minor improvements. The Commando offered here was manufactured in 1975 as an '850' model and has been rebuilt in the earlier 'Fastback' style complete with drum front brake, seat cowl and '750' decals. Completely restored over the course of the past 20-25 years, the machine is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with sundry parts invoices, Swansea V5 document and installation instructions for the Boyer Bransden electronic ignition.