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1974 Norton Commando 850

1974 Norton Commando 850
There’s something impossibly British about the color scheme of this lovely 1974 Norton Commando 850. I’m guessing it’s a Mark 2A model with the 828 cc engine—still an air-cooled twin like the iconic 750 models, but a little more relaxed in its power delivery.

Today, the Mark 2A is one of the most desirable Nortons for collectors, and this one was spotted by Vermont-based photographer Matt Kiedaisch. The bike was on show at the Shelburne Museum, as part of the “Full Throttle” motorcycle exhibition. It was supplied by local specialist Jack Manning of The Classic Bike Experience, “a bunch of guys who like to work on old British bikes (and yes, occasionally some other stuff)”.

Their website is pleasantly ramshackle but curiously engaging, with some lovely old British iron up for sale. [Thanks to Matt Kiedaisch.]

  • Folks interested in all of this, especially those living in the EU, might want to visit the website of Holland Norton Works –

    Jos and Constant do some real nice things with Nortons.

  • powermatic

    Very nice, though I still feel that the John Player Special F1 black-with-gold livery is especially suited to the Commando-one of the great names for a motorcycle ever somehow goes well with paint that bespeaks sinister, with a touch of class. Just me.

  • mingh

    not as awesome as the Commando SS, but still hellacool.

  • fubar

    i like!
    this is really my type of bike

  • Ted

    Does anyone know the whereabouts of this bike as I have just bought one like it, imported back from the States and it has a chrome plate on the airbox detailing model etc, as if it had been in a museum?
    Any details or information greatly received :-)
    Thanks, Ted

  • Shelby

    Ted – you can find the owner of that bike at the following website. Ask for Jack. Their shop is in Essex Vermont USA.

  • Ted

    Thanks Shelby :-)