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Norton Commando Fastback

Norton Commando
Australian vintage guitar specialist Neil Rote has an enviable stable of motorcycles. We featured his lovely BMW R100/7 nearly a year ago, so it’s now time to show the Norton Commando Fastback. The Commando was the swansong of the British parallel twins, but by all accounts it was a good motorcycle: it won Motorcycle News magazine’s ‘Machine of the Year’ trophy five years in a row, from 1968 to 1972. The Commando was known for its ‘Isolastic’ frame, the successor to the featherbed frame and an attempt to quell the inherent vibration problems of big parallel twins. Neil’s Commando is a 750cc model from 1970, boasting 58bhp and a relatively light weight of just 190kg (420 lbs)—so performance will be brisk. This particular motorcycle has also been fitted with upgrades from the legendary Norton tuner Paul Dunstall, including a ‘GT’ fairing, front fender, velocity tubes and exhaust.

Norton Commando
Norton Commando
Norton Commando