Enter The Ace, a breathtaking 1974 Norton Commando 850 that’s half restomod, half custom, and drop-dead gorgeous from head to toe. The classic gem had spent an extended period of time locked away in a barn prior to meeting the Federal crew, so it should go without saying that it was in a sorry state.
After a complete teardown, the guys began by amputating the motorcycle’s original subframe, then they built a much shorter, loop-style alternative from scratch. The following step saw FM pondering which ties would best suit the aesthetic they were after, and the three of them eventually settled on Coker’s retro-looking Diamond Tread rubber.
Many of the factory mounting points were chopped off and replaced with tailor-made alternatives, while the standard oil tank got ditched in favor of a repurposed unit from a ‘71 MY Norton. The Commando’s double cradle skeleton was powder-coated black, and its new subframe has been topped with a slim saddle upholstered in high-quality leather.
To breathe some new life into the powertrain department, Federal Moto installed an electronic ignition system, aftermarket air filters, and modern piston rings. The air-cooled 828cc parallel-twin saw its valve clearances adjusted, pistons bored, and every worn internal refurbished. However, what really catches our attention is the exhaust plumbing.
FM’s gurus took the high-mounted headers of a Commando SS, shortened and heat-wrapped them, then added a pair of reverse megaphone mufflers to top it all off. An unidentified Triumph from the mid-fifties was kind enough to donate its fenders, which were tweaked and painted matte-black before going on The Ace.
In keeping with the vintage look, the bike received bullet-style turn signals and a taillight that employs the same design, as well as a classy headlamp up north. Electrical upgrades come in the form of an all-new wiring harness and a fresh four-cell battery supplied by Antigravity. Over in the cockpit area, you’ll see a minute Smiths speedometer and a BSA’s handlebar wearing Tommaselli grips and premium hand controls.
For a good bit of extra stopping power at the front, Federal’s specialists busied themselves with retrofitting a two-piston Tokico caliper and the drilled brake rotor of a Suzuki Katana 750. Last but not least, The Ace was blessed with a glossy layer of white paint and gold Norton logos on its fuel tank, thus concluding this Canadian workshop’s introductory project in style.