1973 850 Commando. I am owner/operator of a motorcycle shop where I work on anything with two wheels and a motor and specialize on Norton Commandos. I bought my Atlas in 1974 and still have it. I had always wanted a Commando, knew I wanted a later well sorted model so in 1974 I traded my 1970 Bonnie for the Commando and a bit of money. I specialize in Commandos and have had many completely apart and put them back together as well. When I bought the bike it was pretty ratty, rusty rims and spokes, exhausts and other parts but bone stock. From the Commandos I’ve worked on and because I love Nortons and working on them, I knew what I wanted to do. I’ve done all the work personally. This is a list of the modifications over the last 15 years: It’s got Buchanan rims and stainless spokes, 18″ on the back for better tire choices. I lowered the front fender because it looks better that way, Avon tires front and back, a few years old but very good condition, 750 type polished aluminum instrument holders, center stand replaced with Mklll type, vernier isolastics including the head steady, 32mm Amal Mkll carbs with K&N filter, belt drive primary, high output alternator with solid state regulator/rectifier, fairly new mufflers, halogen headlight with halogen pilot light, Mklll swingarm with modification to hold spindle tight, relatively new fork tubes, stainless brake line with Al Miles master cylinder modification, oil filter kit, anti wet sump valve, automatic cam chain tensioner, early type more attractive tail light, o ring chain, Boyer ignition, drilled disc, rebuilt gear box replaced any gears with hardface pitting and roller layshaft bearing. The bike has always been run with Torco 50wt.
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Location: Stockholm, New Jersey, United States