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Old Yellow: 1971 Norton 750cc Production Racer for Sale

1971 Norton Commando Racer L Side

Phil Schilling was an ex-racer most famous for being the editor of Cycle magazine and for his involvement in the creation and racing of the classic hot-rod Ducati named Old Blue. But as with any good motorcycle enthusiast, his tastes were varied, and apparently this bright yellow Norton Commando production racer was built to his specifications.

1971 Norton Commando Racer R Side Engine

Norton’s old-school approach to motorcycle construction may not have been cutting-edge at the time, but means that they’re relatively simple to work on, many parts are interchangeable between models [see: Triton], and plenty of the reliability issues can be addressed with updated parts or regular attention. And while many bikes at the time boasted more advanced specification and design, Nortons were fast, powerful, and handled well.

1971 Norton Commando Racer Dash

A steady increase in displacement to keep Norton’s power competitive with rivals and appeal to US buyers meant unacceptable levels of vibration. Parallel-twins are extremely compact and far simpler to manufacture than v-twins, but they do tend to vibrate more when not fitted with modern luxuries like engine counter-balancers. By the time the Norton twin was punched out to the race-legal 745cc likely found in this bike, vibration was enough of an issue that a solution was needed. Instead of rubber-mounting the bars, pegs, seat, and anything else that might interact with the rider, their innovative Isolastic system used a system of rubber mounts to insulate the engine itself. It works great when properly set up but, like all rubber bushings, they need regular attention: worn Isolastics can mean scarily unpredictable handling.

1971 Norton Commando Racer Kick

From the original eBay listing: 1971 Norton 750cc Production Racer for Sale

The ex-Phil Schilling 1971 Norton Commando 750cc Production Racer, Fully Documented, to AMA 750 Spec, 1 of 1!

Frame #: 145102 Engine #: 145102

Its innovative vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled the Commando to prolong the life of Norton’s aging parallel twin. Launched in 1967, the model was an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News ‘Machine of the Year’ for five consecutive years. A true ‘skunkworks’ project, the Production Racer was introduced for 1971 and hand-assembled at Norton race manager Peter Inchley’s famous ‘Long Shop,’ a hangar at the old Thruxton air base. A homologation special built for little more than one season to qualify for various 750cc road racing series, the street-legal ‘Proddy Racer’ was the fastest/quickest Commando made, capable of 130mph as delivered with a list price double that of standard Commandos. Credit for the performance goes to the blueprinted engine, meticulously assembled with high-compression pistons, factory 3S racing camshaft, ported cylinder head, larger valves and polished internals, good for at least an additional 10bhp over an assembly-line Commando. Handling likewise was improved upon thanks to test rider Peter Williams, also an excellent development engineer, who could simply throw open the hangar doors and commence to hot-lapping the adjacent Thruxton race circuit. It certainly did the bike’s credibility not one iota of harm when Williams and co-rider Charlie Sanby took a Production Racer to victory in the 1970 Thruxton 500 endurance race.

While records aren’t definitive, it is believed that fewer than 200 Production Racers were made, perhaps as few as 120.

The example on offer here, is a tad more special than the average, incredibly rare Norton Proddie Racer. The bike was built for Executive Editor of Cycle magazine and famed racer, Phil Schilling. A great collector of classic machines, Schilling sensed the collectability of the Norton, so had Peter Williams personally build him the ultimate iteration of the ultimate Commando.

The engine is much wilder than that of the standard Production Racer, with a host of trick parts. The engine was built to the same specification of Williams’ AMA750cc Class Special with Norvil ‘Triple S’ cams, high 10.25:1 compression pistons, big 32mm Amal Concentric carbs and twin megaphone exhausts. A Quaife five-speed gearbox replaced the standard item.

Fork sliders and internals have been reworked for superior damping, while the swingarm bushing was totally revised, and the arm itself was lengthened. A 6-gallon gas tank replaces the standard Production Racer item.

The bike was extensively tested by Peter Williams on the Thruxton track before delivery in August of 1971.

This amazing piece of Norton history is accompanied by a letter from Norton Villiers’ Chairman, R. D. Poore to Cook Nielson at Cycle magazine discussing the delivery of the “Schilling Norton”, original spec sheets from Norton, and the magazine article, scans attached to the listing.

I have confirmed the factory records, which say that Engine/Frame number 145102 was recorded as a racer, dispatched to Berliner, the US distrivutor, on August 4th, 1971.

This irreplaceable historically significant bike has been on static display in a very prominent collection of high-end motorcycles, and, as such, some re-commissioning will need to be undertaken before returning to the track.

There’s very little time left on the listing, with a Buy It Now price of $29,000. That’s obviously huge money for a Norton Commando but, if the seller is to be believed, this is a one-of-a-kind motorcycle and would easily cost that much just to build a replica, ignoring the historic value. It’s tough to put a value on such a rare machine but, with no offers yet, this one might be priced just a bit too high. Certainly, the link to Schilling is pretty cool, but collectors seem to value actual race history and that may be affecting the sale on this one. Hopefully, the right buyer will find and prep this bike for some vintage racing. It’s what Phil would have wanted I’m sure.


1971 Norton Commando Racer R Side

Working Class Hero: 1958 Triton for Sale

1958 Triton L Side

One of my favorite things about motorcycles is the seeming endless ways there are to mix and match parts to create new machines. Chain drive and fairly simple frames mean that it’s no big deal to say, sling an RD400 motor into the old GS500E you have lying around. But while many of these creations are born of necessity or just to see if it can be done, the classic Triton was a very functional motorcycle that actually managed to achieve some legitimacy among the motorcycling community.

1958 Triton R Side Engine

The Triton was a hybrid that used a Triumph parallel-twin engine and the famously excellent-handling Norton “featherbed” frame to create a seriously nimble motorcycle with good power and endless tuning potential. It also happens to be the name of the half-man, half-fish son of Poseidon in Greek mythology, something that the motorcycling community has sadly not capitalized on.

1958 Triton Dash

The choice of a Triumph engine might seem odd at first. After all, in stock form, it was actually a bit more powerful than the Triumph. But the Norton’s longer-stroke engine had a much higher piston speed and was considered less reliable, and a wealth of performance parts and tuning expertise were available for the Triumph as well.

1958 Triton L Side Engine

Interestingly, the non-unit design of both bikes meant that either four-speed gearbox could be used, although the Norton’s was generally considered superior. Really, all it took to make a Triton was a couple of donor bikes and a set of engine/transmission mounting plates, so it wasn’t too difficult to build one if you were reasonably competent with a set of tools, and plenty of these were built then and are being built today, so “authenticity” is hard to define and hard to verify.

From the original eBay listing: 1958 Triton for Sale

Ultimate Cafe Racer

1958 Norton Featherbed frame (Model 88)

1971 Triumph T120R engine with 4 speed transmission.

  • Unity Special Equipe UNAX2 Polished aluminum, Lyta style, 3 Gallon Short Circuit fuel tank.
  • Unity Wideline oiltank w/ battery holder
  • Unity Wideline Seat
  • Unity Fiberglass Fenders
  • Gold Star Silencers
  • Converta Engine plates
  • 4 Leading shoe Brake hubs
  • Akront Rims laced by Hagon
  • Far too many parts to list them all. For more information please feel free to contact us with your inquiries. 
  • Clocks show 269 Miles. Actual mileage is unknown. 
  • Was acquired from a museum. Rides and sounds wonderful. 

1958 Triton R Side Rear

I don’t know all that much about Tritons, but I know enough to know that they naturally vary a bit from bike to bike, since there’s no such thing as a “factory” example. These really do take the best bits and incorporate them into one of the most beautiful bikes of the era: everything is on display here, and looks purposefully industrial, but hand-crafted and decorative at the same time… So far, bidding is very slow, with the Reserve Not Met at $5,000 which is obviously well below where I expect this to sell, but maybe someone will manage to scoop a bargain with this one…


1958 Triton L Side Riding

The Very Definition of Exotic: 1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport 4C75 for Sale

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport L Front

MV Agusta’s racing heritage is at the heart of their fame and, for a long time, their exotic, multi-cylinder engines were available only to factory racers. So when they finally produced a roadgoing four-cylinder motorcycle, expectations were pretty high. Unfortunately, the 600 that was released was hideously ugly, massively underpowered, and hobbled by a heavy shaft in place of the usual chain-drive.

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport R Rear

The later 750 corrected two of the three problems, keeping the shaft drive that was supposedly a measure to prevent privateers from simply buying a bike off the showroom floor and racing against the factory machines. None of MV Agusta’s four-cylinder roadbikes can really be considered serious sportbikes: they’re just too heavy. But they’re gorgeous, make expensive shrieking noises from the four-into-four exhaust and cam gears, are extremely rare, and handle well enough for owners to take them out for the occasional canyon ride.

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport Dash

While the red, white, and blue colors might be garish and tacky on another bike, they work really well here. The simple metal dash is very elegant, with just a central ignition key and I also love that the clocks have such similar markings: the tach reads to 120 and the speedo to 150, which probably looks pretty cool when you’re winding it out in top gear…

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport 4C75 for Sale

FRAME: MV4C75214054

ENGINE: 214-047


Motorcycle is located in a temperature controlled facility in Port Huron, MI.

Purchase includes Factory Sealed Promotional poster. 

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport L Rear

While I fully respect that sellers of rare and exotic machinery expect that buyers already know the general history a bike before they drop more than $115,000 on a motorcycle, a bit more history about this particular example might be in order here. Maintenance, updates, personal experiences? Has the owner ridden it? It’s an old motorcycle, so does it have any quirks or interesting characteristics? And what’s the story with that fairing? Is it original?

There’s less than a day left on this auction, so you’d better move quickly if you happen to have an extra $100k or so burning a hole in your pocket and an MV-sized hole in your collection, your bike is waiting!


1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport L Front Fairing

Baby Sport: 1971 Ducati 450 MK3 Desmo for Sale

1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo R Side

For fans of Ducati’s sports singles, this Mark 3 450 Desmo is the top of the heap, and shares that gorgeous orange-yellow paint with the bigger 750 Sport. But, unlike that model, the 450 Desmo features Ducati’s desmodromic system.

1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo L Tank

While “Ducati” and “desmodromic” have become synonymous today, the system didn’t feature on all of their models until the Pantah motor of the 1980’s, when that motor was used in both large and small displacement applications. The system was mostly used on range-topping sports models like the Super Sport twins and Desmo singles. Other manufacturers, including Mercedes, have used similar systems, but Ducati’s design was created by the revered Fabio Taglioni and first applied to their 1956 125cc race bike.

1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo R Side Engine

Ironically, the system probably had more practical benefits when it was introduced on Ducati racebikes in the late 1950’s, although the precision tuning does still have some benefits. If you’re not familiar, a desmodromic system uses cams that both open and close the valves to eliminate valve float and allow for very precise tuning. The fact that the valves are being closed in a controlled manner, instead of just being slammed closed as fast as a spring can manage, permits steep cam profiles that wouldn’t normally be practical.

1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo Dash

In 1968, Desmo performance was introduced to Ducati’s roadbikes on the Mark 3 250 and 350 bikes, with the 450 available in 1969. Interestingly, the 250 and 450 models were far more flexible on the street: the 350 had a much more highly-strung demeanor and was ready to go racing, nearly right out of the box.

1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo Front

From the original eBay listing: 1971 Ducati 450 MK3 Desmo for Sale

VIN 700287  Engine DM450 S/D 456907

The most desirable of the single Ducati’s in very good straight conditions, restored about 20years ago and rarely used since. Italian historic register and still with its first original Italian registration documents.

Ride and collect!

Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

We can supply US contact as reference.

1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo R Tank

This same seller has had a number of really nice bikes up for sale on eBay of late that we’ve featured, including that very, very cool Guzzi racer from last week. I’m not sure if he’s liquidating a collection, but his bikes are amazing, and he’s popped into the comments to answer questions from time to time, so don’t hesitate to ask questions at the original listing or in the comments section.


1971 Ducati 450 Mk3 Desmo L Side

Fast Classic: 1971Laverda SF Race Bike for Sale

1971 Laverda SF Racebike L Rear

Well two Laverdas in one week is cause for celebration, although these are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The previous SFC was a collector’s item, a racebike in road trim that might be too rare and special to use as nature and Laverda intended: by thrashing it to within an inch of its life on a racetrack. This one is a road bike that’s been heavily modified to match the performance of an original SFC.

1971 Laverda SF Racebike L Fairing Detail

Of the two, I personally find bikes like this one much more interesting. Obviously, the collectability is lower as is the price, which is perhaps part of the appeal. But it’s also really fascinating to see how someone’s perfect ideal motorcycle has been achieved, parts added, things removed.

This is a relatively period-correct replica that captures the spirit and performance of the real thing, but without all that “don’t crash an historic race motorcycle” distraction. Although even SF’s are pretty rare, so it’s basically impossible to avoid some heartache if you break this one too badly…

1971 Laverda SF Racebike L Side Detail

If you’re not familiar with the SFC, it was an homologation special built on Laverda’s SF “Super Freni” parallel twin that originally featured their powerful, proprietary drum front brake and later, a pair of discs. The SF was famous for its durability and the bike made an ideal foundation for the roadracing SFC. With only about 550 SFC’s built in several years of production, they are very rare and, although they came with lights, signals, and complete instrumentation, they make pretty uncomfortable road bikes.

1971 Laverda SF Racebike R Side Detail

From the very comprehensive original eBay listing: 1971 Laverda SF Roadracer for Sale

This bike was based on a 750 SF, assembled around eighteen years ago and casually raced at Loudon, NH twice and tested at a track day. Subsequent to this a family situation stopped my ability to campaign the bike and I just parked it to look at over the years. I am now downsizing and must sell my house and let go of items that I can no longer store, including the bike.

The frame was modified by removing all non-essential fittings and brackets. The whole bike weighs around 365 lbs which is amazing considering what it started off at. The headstock was cut and realigned to be perfect. I have a GMD Computrack frame analysis with the paperwork. It is painted in enamel in order to touch it up as needed as opposed to maintenance-poor powder coating.

The front fairing is based on a Ducati 750 SS. There is a crack on the lower right wing caused by an idiot house painter moving things around in my garage. I will be putting some clear 3M tape on this for now. I have a can of the paint used for the body work that I kept for potential repairs. There is also a small crack under the USCRA sticker.

The Laverda  tank is very similar to the production model but has smoother edges and is more attractive. The seat is a SFC replica.

The top end was all new with SFC cam, valves and guides. The work was done by Import Machine in Framingham, MA, about the best place around here for head and machine work. They have decades of experience with vintage and modern motorcycle and auto race work and has been the go to place for Porsche PCA members forever. A new chain and roller were also installed at the time as well as new pistons. The crank was found to be within original spec and was left unaltered except for cutting off the flywheel end. The carbs are 38mm Mikunis.

There’s much more over at the eBay listing. Often, I’m shocked at how little sellers include. I mean, a reprint of the bike’s history is probably pointless, but some notes about how long you’ve owned it, what’s been done to it, what’s been fixed, etc…

1971 Laverda SF Racebike Parts

That’s definitely not the case here: the seller is obviously very knowledgeable and, while this bike will need a bit of work to get it ready to run, you’re starting with something that’s very well-developed, with a ton of time and money invested in getting it right. Basically an entire vintage race bike set up including a ton of spares. Just add trailer.


1971 Laverda SF Racebike R Side

1971Yamaha R5B 350

1971 Yamaha R5B R Front

Daddy to the RD350 from yesterday, the R5B is clearly the earlier bike, with a drum front brake and less 70’s-tastic color and style.  But this was where it began, and the R5B was the “founder of the feast” as it were, the beginning of Yamaha’s famous and successful line of sporting “21-inchers”, named for the 21 cubic inches the class displaced.
1971 Yamaha R5B L Side
The R5B wasn’t more powerful than the 350 that came before it, but the bike’s wider powerband and ability to humble much larger machines in the canyons cemented it’s reputation: the frame’s design was sourced from Yamaha’s own TR2 race bike, and testers of the time loved the “on rails” handling of the bike.  It was no slouch in a straight line either, although the short wheelbase made it a bit of a mono-wheeler at times…
1971 Yamaha R5B Clocks
From the original eBay listing: 1971 Yamaha R5B 350 for sale.

This is a 1971 R5B 350 which was the start Yamaha’s 350 series. The bike has been changed to a cafe style with Vintage Smoke rear sets and pointless ignition. Fairing, bars, mirrors, tank, seat have been changed out. The bore is stock with new piston and rings. The clutch friction plates and springs are new. K & N filter, Y boot,  battery, tires, tubes, brakes, exhaust pipes, rear shocks etc are all new. The seat opens and latches as stock. The carbs and front forks are rebuilt. The bike has 5781 miles on it. I have some stock parts which are included in the sale. Some shippers will allow an extra box to be put on the skid and some don’t so you’ll need to check with the shipper if you want the extras. The bike comes with owner’s manual and service manual and clear title. 

1971 Yamaha R5B Dash

I’m not so sure about the aesthetics of that fairing or those godawful grips: I have a buddy who put this kind of “billet” style grips on his MV Brutale and absolutely hated every uncomfortable mile he put on them.  And I’m not a fan of them for looks on a bike like this either, but they might fetch some money on eBay if they’re not cheap knock-offs.  I’d rip them off and put on some vintage rubber grips or wrap the bars in leather grip tape.  But the mechanical updates look well considered: if you love to tinker, keep your points.  If you love to ride?  The pointless ignition is a worthy upgrade.

Looking these little 350’s and the relatively low prices they command, I’m starting to wonder if a smoky little two-stroke might be in my future…


1971 Yamaha R5B R Side

1971 Norton Commando Cafe Racer for Sale

1971 Norton Commando Cafe L Side

This is a really beautiful Norton Commando in prime condition.  I typically prefer the look of unfaired bikes from this period, but you can’t argue with the quality on display here: take a look at the primary cover and that beautiful bodywork!

1971 Norton Commando Cafe Vented Cover

To many, British parallel twins epitomize the vintage bike experience and capture the true spirit of the “Ton Up Boys” that were the true cafe racers: Honda CB’s with Clubman bars and chopped fenders are undeniably cool, but they really came along much later and had nothing to do with that scene originally.  It was the singles and parallel-twins from Triumph, Norton, and BSA that really set the tone for that style.

And while Triumph has undergone a transformation into a company with one foot in the future and one firmly in the past, Norton still languishes as a boutique manufacturer of expensively vintage machines.  Hopefully one day, they will be dragged screaming into the 21st century.

1971 Norton Commando Cafe L Side RearSets

The eBay listing for this 1971 Norton Commando Cafe Racer includes a comprehensive account of the work done and the most significant upgrades, along with a mention of awards won:

Ride and Dependability

This bike is almost always a one-kick starter.  Sometimes two if it is first ride of the day.  Idles wonderfully and quick response and horsepower.  Frankly, the ride on the bike is superb and I wouldn’t change a thing.  It is one of the most dependable Nortons on the road.  One would certainly hope seeing as how just about everything has been replaced.  The riding position on the bike is “committed”.  It is long and low.  Great for hard riding and banging through the turns but around town you will want to make sure you have a padded left forearm on your jacket because you will undoubtedly use it to prop yourself up off the gas tank!  The bike shifts great and the hydraulic clutch makes shifting so much easier now that the heavy cable actuated clutch of old is gone.  Shift pattern is reversed from the original Norton, which makes it standard to most other bikes.  In other words, shift pattern on this bike is one down/ three up.


In total, this Commando has taken home six awards.  Best in Show twice.  Best Cafe Racer twice.  Best Vintage Custom once.  Best Modified Street once.  I want to stress I did not build this bike up to be a trailer queen and it isn’t.  I ride this bike.  I ride it almost daily in the Summer.  I do not spend countless hours polishing the aluminum.  If it gets dirty I am OK with that.  I take care of this bike and make sure it is always in top riding shape but I do not obsess over dust or dirt.  So to that end, there are a few scratches here and there on the bike.  Nothing I would consider major.  The paint bubbled a bit around the filler neck as gas got in under the paint.  I’ve since added a rubber sleeve around the neck to keep that from happening again.

1971 Norton Commando Cafe Dash

This is a usable bike that’s clearly meant to be ridden, not a polished-daily trailer-queen: note the subtle, possibly sacrilegious but probably dead-accurate digital Smiths instruments and the beautiful, but somehow slightly too modern rearsets.  Maybe not period-correct, but reassuring, since it’s clear it was built with useability in mind, not posing.  Although it obviously will do that as well.

All-in-all, a very nice, completely turned-out bike.  Bidding is up over $6,700 and the reserve has not been met.  That’s no surprise and I’d expect bidding to get more lively as the clock winds down on this one.


1971 Norton Commando Cafe R Engine



1971 Norton Commando for Sale

1971 Norton Commando 750 R Side

The British biking industry fell on hard times in the 70’s and 80’s.  And, let’s be honest: in the 90’s.  But Triumph has walked a long, hard road out of hell, and their current products can stand toe-to-toe with the best the Japanese, Italian, or German industries can produce.  In fact, they seem to straddle the line between the refined Japanese offerings and the slightly more… quirky Italian bikes, offering precision, handling, and performance with just enough character to keep things interesting.

But, in spite a number of attempts to rejuvenate long lost Norton, it’s been a bumpy ride.  They appear poised for yet another comeback, but a reentry into the boutique market means they’re far from attainable to the masses in the way that Triumph currently is.

Today’s bike reminds us of exactly why it’s such a shame that Norton hasn’t hit upon that same formula for success: 1971 Norton Commando for Sale

1971 Norton Commando 750 L Side

The Norton Commando is a classic British parallel twin and, although Nortons do require careful care and feeding, they reward their riders with boatloads of feel and character.  The “Combat” version was introduced as the hot-rod version of the Commando, and the name turned out to be unfortunately accurate: the high-compression motors blew up regularly and gave the bikes a perhaps undeserved reputation, given that the standard Commandos were generally very durable.  Out of date and unreliable when compared to their rivals at the time, Norton faded into history.

1971 Norton Commando 750 Dash

From the original eBay listing:

It has a modified 750 Combat engine, lightweight front fork, dry belt with pierced cover, aluminium rims, brand new tires, lightweight front suspension, shorten and reinforced frame, floating front disc brake, oil cooler, steering damper, aluminum triple crown kit, swan neck handlebars, high output kit, electronic ignition, velocity stacks, and much, much more. It still has Amal’s on.

The engine is a 1971, while the modified frame is a 1969. The only non-matching items are my peashooters since the original ones got stolen! I am in Montreal Quebec (Canada). This bike is loud, very light compared to an original Commando and very fast for its respective age! Fantastic runner, starts on the first kick! A few paint chips missing on the gas tank and side covers. Covers and various parts were powder coated in black (looks like transparent grey). Chrome and stainless steel are in excellent condition. Mileage is definitely not accurate.

This is no garage queen for sure, but it looks like a great opportunity to buy a well-maintained, well-ridden bike to relive your “ton-up” youth on, or live the fantasy of a youth you didn’t have.


1971 Norton Commando 750 R Engine

Unrestored 1971 Norton Commando 750

This is how I like to the find them. Almost all original and not restored. Bikes are only original once. I know that a concourse restore will collect more money but for me an unrestored bike is worth more and that’s what we have here.

1971 Norton Commando on eBay

Check out the sellers description.

I’m selling my very original 1971 Norton Commando 750 fastback steel tank  – 2 Owner, unrestored, all numbers match including the frame, engine case and gearbox.

13,120 Original Miles – Clear title

Frame: 143249

Engine: 20M 3S/143249 (Wolverhampton Engine)

Gearbox: 143249

An excellent example of an original condition Commando – This bike is unrestored, even the seat is original and in excellent condition for its age. This bike would make a great winter project to clean up and polish her back to original condition. Never laid down, unmolested except a Boyer Electronic Ignition has been added, K&N air filter (original airbox and filter is included) and the exhaust pipes have been replaced with aftermarket. Includes toolkit.

Starts first or second kick. Runs and drives supurb, like stepping back into time. This bike can be driven as is with all of its history. Does not smoke, leaks a little bit of oil but what British machine does not. Tachometer needs to be rebuilt, good battery.

To the best of my knowledge, this bike was originally bought from The King  Motorcycle Sales in Brooklyn NY and driven in New Jersey through the 1970’s this bike then moved to MN in the early 1980’s where it now calls home. Stored winters – driven summers

I am selling this bike in “as is” condition. I can make the bike available for inspection within 24 hour notice, I will respond to requests for additional photos or questions. I reserve the right to cancel this listing at any time.

Matching numbers? I like matching numbers. What a great example of motorcycle history.

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1971 Norvil Norton

Norvil is a company that started out as a parts supplier for your Norton Commando. They have evolved to a point where they will remake your Norton Commando into something so much more. Along the lines of Dunstall, Norvil has developed major engine components, suspension and braking componants and body parts to create a NEW Commando. This 1971 Norton Racer offered over at UK eBay has gone in one end of the Norvil shop and out the other.

What Norvil does is start with is your Commando, in this case a 1971 750cc Commando. From the factory it would have produces numbers like 58bhp at 6800rpm. As the bike comes out the other side it now produces 64hp at 5800rpm from 920cc. The lower rpm are likely the limit that the larger diameter pistons can travel on a stock stroke.

From the seller

Starting life as they all did in 750cc Commando form. This bike has undergone it’s transformation in 2004.  Fitted with a Norvil 920cc race motor, and other parts at a cost approaching £10,000.00. In fact the motor stills requires running in.

The bike also carries the superb Norvil twin front disc brake conversion with Lockeed Racing Calipers , Alloy rims shod with Avon sticky rubber take care of the grippy end of things. The Norvil moulded body kit completes the look, getting the rider sat well into the bike. Without doubt a rare motorcycle with stunning performance to shame many modern bikes. It will make a blue chip investment increasing in value while giving it’s new owner many hours of pleasure.

Bikes like this don’t come up for sale very often,. Don’t miss it !”

The problem with this last statement is that Norvil currently offered their services today. For the simple cost of $22,720 you can call Norvil and they will build you this bike. Studying there website it is hard to tell if this includes the donor bike.  Like most restorations, you will pay more as the person commissioning the restoration, then if you are the one who buys it after the completed restoration. There is a very good chance that the winning bid will be well below $22,000. Or maybe not, it only takes two people who really want this bike. BB