1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140
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1971 Norton Commando 750SS

Frame no. 148140
Engine no. 148140
Sold for US$ 16,100 inc. premium

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1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140 1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140 1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140 1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140 1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140 1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140 1971 Norton  Commando 750SS Frame no. 148140 Engine no. 148140
1971 Norton Commando 750SS

Frame no. 148140
Engine no. 148140

Rarest of all Norton Commandos is the 750 SS, the letters standing not for "Super Sport" but for "Street Scrambler." In the late 1960s and early '70s, scramblers were all the rage in America, never mind that most of the bikes never ventured very far off the road. It was the style that mattered and Norton's SS had lots to look at: Twin high-mounted "peashooter" exhaust pipes, one on each side; a rounded, bright-yellow fuel tank; a chromed, raised front fender; a protective engine skidplate.

Beneath the quasi-dirtbike styling was a rubber-mounted Commando 750 engine, a good thing indeed. Most of the standard Commando's chassis and running gear were also present, again a good thing for the street, but not so swell if rocks, roots, sand and mud were on the agenda. While nobody expected the SS to be a race-winning desert sled, there were better choices for the casual trail rider, namely the much lighter two-stroke singles then coming on line from Japan. Then there was competition from its own camp in the form of another street scrambler, the Commando S with its zoomy, twisting twin pipes mounted on the left side and trendy metalflake paint, so chunky it would do a bass boat proud. All of which left the SS in a rough spot – not particularly good off-road and not as sexy as one of its Norton stablemates. As a result, the SS was produced for just one model year, and those that did get sold were often retrofitted as Roadsters.

To find a stock, unrestored SS today, then, is a rare happenstance. This one, with just over 5,000 miles on the odometer, is reported to run like new.

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