This 1972 Norton Commando has been lovingly cared for by four owners, all living in rural areas within 25 miles of the selling dealer, situated in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec. The first owner took delivery of the bike in January 1973. Over the period of 12 years, the bike was ridden 4,800 miles. It passed to the second owner, located in the same town, who maintained it for eight years and added only an additional 1,600 miles to the odometer. It was next purchased by a friend of mine, a collector, who lived in the same village as I do, who kept it for a short eighteen months. I purchased the bike in August 1994, and have owned it until present day. Unfortunately, for various reasons, it has seen very little usage in the last ten years, and has graced my garage, as a prized possession. It is time for it to have a new owner, who is passionate about the Norton heritage.
Very original and very stock 72 Norton Commando Roadster. Started life in Canada and has passed through four known owners, the last of which has owned the bike for 24 years. Current Quebec registration and in the US on an ACE Manifest. Owner can no longer safely kick start the bike and has asked CBE to find it a good home.
The machine has had a lot of quality parts and work done to it recently from ISO’s to tires to carbs/fuel system to wiring (receipts available…nearly $2K). But in the end, it is a very stock 72 (post Combat VIN 211878 with superblend bearings, etc.) right down to the points ignition. Starts, idles, runs as it should. It is one of those bikes with what we call “great harmonics”. Like a musical instrument, it seems like all the parts like each other and are in a nice harmony. Rolls on like a 750 should and handles as expected; 25K miles and the motor has never been apart.
On the to-do list would be rebuilding the front caliper which has a minor leak and getting the instruments rebuilt as they are showing their age and wandering a bit, just like most of the Norton owners do :). The motor “wet sumps” like all Nortons and can be corrected with an anti-sump valve. The charging system works, but the “assimilator” for the charging light needs to be replaced.
Overall the machine is very patina, but clean and well cared for. Chrome is passable with a little elbow grease, with some rusting on the rims and various hardware bits. Paint is solid with a few minor dings on the side covers. Inside of the tank is rust free. You could tend to the items above and have a sweet Sunday rider, or go ahead and dive in to a restoration. The long suit for this bike is its pedigree and originality. We just don’t see that many of them like that.
At CBE we do a thorough pre-delivery checklist, which we can share and discuss with qualified potential buyers. We are set up as a guild, so you are welcome to work on the bike in our shop with any number of engagement models we have, or we can do any work turn key.
We also carry the Alton electric start conversion if you would like a Norton but have a new hip and are concerned about kick starting.
Serious inquiries only. If multiple offers are made, the owner reserves the right to accept the highest bid. Please note that the paperwork and formal sale are between the owner and the buyer, not CBE as we do not take title of consignment bikes.