Clean Commando: 1969 Dunstall Norton 750
Today, we have a very clean Dunstall Commando 750 . The seemingly modular nature of British motorcycles of the 1960’s allowed for a dizzying number of permutations: compact singles and parallel twins from Norton and Triumph fitted to frames from either manufacturer, with non-unit gearboxes that allowed additional installation flexibility… And that’s before outside companies like Dunstall and Rickman got into the act, with purpose-built racing and road machines so different from the donor bikes that they were sometimes considered manufacturers in their own right.
After getting his start customizing and then racing a Norton Dominator in the late 1950’s, mating the twin-cylinder engine with a Norton Manx gearbox and frame, Paul Dunstall parlayed his unlikely success with the hybrid machine into a business producing a range of tuning parts for British twins.
Instead of focusing on frames like other British businesses, Paul Dunstall tuned engines and offered a range of bolt-on parts to improve performance, as well as completely built machines based on various British brands.
Although complete bikes fit into general “levels” of performance and customization, there were many options in the Dunstall catalog, and no two bikes are exactly alike. This particular bike has twin discs at the front, although the seller does mention that the original drum is included with the sale, so you can make that switch to old-school aesthetics if you like. The twin-disc set up was available from Dunstall, so the current set up is period-correct and should provide reliable stopping if you plan to ride rather than display the bike.
The original listing includes details from the build sheet regarding the engine and options for the rest of the machine: 1969 Dunstall Norton Commando for Sale
Here we have a Genuine Dunstall 750 Commando that that received a complete restoration early this year. I purchased this bike from the original owner who in 1981 completely disassembled it. It remained in boxes since 81′ until I rescued it in 2011. This is an original bike that was ordered from Dunstall’s 1968-1969 Catalogue. I have the original build sheet that was provided to the new owner upon purchase. You will also see a picture from a motorcycle magazine in the UK that featured a 69′ 750 Dunstall just like this one.First I want to say that corners were not cut during this EXTENSIVE AND ALSO EXPENSIVE restoration. These early frames had a weak spot where the top frame meets the neck. They would crack and the factory had a recall on them. This frame was not one of the bikes that received the upgrade so I had a professional welder do this. Pictures of the upgrade are also available (before and after). I replaced the red plastic brake lines for more modern braided lines. Plastic red lines are also included. Also included is the original early Dunstall Decibel 2-2 exhaust system. These are very rare and earlier than the famous 2-1-2 system. They were originally black so I had the mufflers ceramic coated. The pipes need new nuts and collars soldered back on. They are are in pristine condition. The seat covers still wears the original leather on top. I had my upholstery guy remake a new cover using the original top side leather.all sides and red bead are new.