The Essential Buyers Guide Norton Commando 1963 - 1978
By Peter Henshaw
- No-nonsense, straightforward guide to buying a Commando
- The reality of living with a Norton Commando
- Relative value of each model
- Detailed, step-by-step guide - points to look for
- Spares prices
- Auction guide
- Facts & figures
- Restore, or pay more to start with?
- Problems that arise from lack of use
- Useful contacts - clubs, parts suppliers, restorers
STOP! Don't buy a Commando without buying this book first! Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Peter Henshaw's years of experience; learn how to spot a bad Norton Commando quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right bike at the right price!
There are lots of books about the Norton Commando; about its history, performance, lineage, and the minutiae of its specification. But none of them will tell you what to look for when buying one secondhand. That's what this book is about - it is a straightforward, practical guide to buying a used Commando. It doesn't list all the correct colour combinations for each year, or analyse the bike's design philosophy, or consider its background as part of a troubled industry - there are excellent books listed at the end of this one that do all of that - but it will help you avoid buying a dud. Point by point, it takes the reader through everything that needs looking at when buying a Commando, plus spares prices, which is the best model to buy for your needs, and a look at auctions, restorations and paperwork.
The last of the 'classic' Nortons, the Commando remains a collector's item, and many have been saved, restored and ridden - this book tells the reader how to be part of its ongoing story.
Models covered: Norton Commando 750 Fastback • 750 S type • 750 Roadster • 750 SS • 750 Hi-Rider • 750 Interstate • 850 Roadster • 850 Interstate • 850 Hi-Rider • C850 John Player