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1973 Norton Commando 850 Restomod Prepares to Wow the Crowd at Online Auction

It’s virtually impossible to find a petrolhead who doesn't love an unmarred Commando from the ‘70s.
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Regardless of whether you’re searching for a classic beauty, rare collector’s items or a budget-friendly machine, auctioning websites are always full of surprises. The utility of platforms like Bring A Trailer is well appreciated in a world where people don’t have that much time to attend a traditional auction anymore.

Among the plentiful bargains you’ll stumble upon when browsing these online entities, we discovered a 1973 Norton Commando 850 that’s going on the block at this very moment. The BaT auction will be open for another three days (until Friday, July 30), so be sure to submit your bids before time runs out. For now, you’d need a little over 6,000 bucks to surpass the top bidder.

Besides undergoing a meticulous repaint in 2017, the bike also received an array of aftermarket components over the course of its lifetime. These goodies include Hagon shocks, Lansdowne fork cartridge inserts and premium single-disc front brake setup developed by Brembo.

The Commando sprints on a pair of laced aluminum hoops from Buchanan’s Spoke & Rim, featuring a diameter of 19 inches up front and 18 inches at the rear. We notice a two-up Corbin saddle replacing the original item, while the stock gauges were discarded in favor of electronic alternatives from Smiths Instruments.

So far, this state of affairs is already pretty exciting, but the overhauled 828cc parallel-twin is where the real party’s at! Optimal performance is made possible thanks to a plethora of higher-spec internals, such as ceramic-coated pistons, a Megacycle camshaft and a single 34 mm (1.3 inches) Mikuni carb, as well as honed cylinders, new valves and youthful seals.

Moreover, you will also find a Tri-Spark electronic ignition unit and a hydraulic clutch setup, among tons of other top-shelf modules. Earlier this year, Norton’s retro artifact was treated to fresh fluids in preparation for the sale. Well, how’s that for a snazzy restomod?

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 

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