1977 Norton Commando 850 MkIII
Registration no. RYW 567R
Frame no. 850 335228
Engine no. 850 335228
The Commando's vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers to successfully prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, 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 on 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. Introduced in 1973, the '850' (actually 829cc) version featured a larger-bore, through-bolted cylinder block, stronger gearbox casting and an all-metal clutch among a host of other, more minor improvements. The extra capacity provided the '850' with even more mid-range urge and the model would continue as the sole Commando after 1975 when the electric-start MkIII was introduced.
This smartly turned out Commando 850 has been fitted with an after-market dual seat and alloy wheels, the latter being an unusual upgrade for one of these machines. Acquired by the vendor in April 1991, 'RYW 567R' is offered with riders manual, purchase receipt, sundry invoices, Old-style Swansea V5 and three old MoTs, the most recent of which expired in August 1993.