Tagged: Commando

Ahead of Its Time: 1974  John Player Norton Commando for Sale

Ahead of Its Time: 1974 John Player Norton Commando for Sale

You’d be forgiven for not realizing that this very strange-looking John Player Norton Replica is, under the skin, a Commando: buyers didn’t know quite what to do with this at the time, either. It’s...

Faster! Faster! Supercharged and Fuel Injected 1974 Norton 850 Commando

Faster! Faster! Supercharged and Fuel Injected 1974 Norton 850 Commando

Introduced in 1967 and displacing 745cc’s with pre-unit construction that was rather unimpressive in specification, Norton’s Commando was a development of the Atlas and distinguished by its simple but effective “Isolastic” engine-mounting system that...

Better Than New: 1974 Norton VR880 Kenny Dreer Commando

Better Than New: 1974 Norton VR880 Kenny Dreer Commando

The original resto-mod, the Kenny Dreer VR880 was basically a vintage Norton Commando with most of the quirks ironed out and all of the character left in. Unlike John Player, Kenny Dreer was an...

No Haters: 1974 John Player Norton 850 in Denmark

No Haters: 1974 John Player Norton 850 in Denmark

In spite of all the race-replica motorcycles named after their riders like this week’s Eddie Lawson Replica Kawasaki, the John Player Norton was not actually named after a particular rider. It was named after...

Clean Commando: 1969 Dunstall Norton 750

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...

The tale of two John Player Nortons

The tale of two John Player Nortons

Norton and their Winning Ways were making a comeback in the 1970’s, and with the backing of John Player Tobacco Company, they were back on the track. The Norton Atlas had grown into the...

As Seen on TV: 1974 Norton Commando

As Seen on TV: 1974 Norton Commando

Aside from rakish good looks that embody the best of the era, this particular Norton Commando appears to have had a bit of a brush with television fame, having been built by a shop...

1973 Norton Commando Interstate

1973 Norton Commando Interstate

My recent “blue” theme continues this week with a very, very clean 1973 Norton Commando Interstate. The different Nortons of this period are largely differentiated by cosmetic and ergonomic details: they all used the...

1970 Norton Commando 750 Short-Stroke Production Racer

1970 Norton Commando 750 Short-Stroke Production Racer

The rakish Norton Commando epitomizes everything that people love about classic British motorcycles: they’re sporty to ride, handsome to look at, and very involving in both the good and bad meanings implied by that...