1973 Norton 745cc Commando Roadster
Registration no. PKE 531L
Frame no. 208274
Engine no. 208274
The Commandos vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers successfully to prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, with production commencing in 1968, the Commando used the preceding Featherbed-framed Atlas models 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-Triumphs 750cc triples and Hondas CB750 four, but the Commando more than made up for this minor deficiency with superior mid-range torque and steadier handling. New variations on the basic theme soon appeared, commencing in 1969 with the addition of the more sporting, though conventionally styled, S version, complete with high-level exhausts. This was followed in 1970 by the Roadster, which was basically the S with a low-level exhaust system. Apparently an imported example, this Commando 750 Roaster was first registered in the UK on 1st March 2010. Its owner at that time was Mr John Edwards of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, who had carried out an extensive restoration over the receding year or so, as evidenced by numerous invoices for parts, etc on file. Noteworthy features include a Mikuni carburettor conversion and a braided steel front brake line. Its current owner purchased PKE 531L from Godin Banks of Mereworth, Kent in February 2011. The sales invoice is available and the machine also comes with VMCC dating certificate, DVLA correspondence, expired MoT (September 2010) and Swansea V5C.