1970 Norton Commando 750 Production Racer replica

1970 Norton Commando

Price: US $17,500.00
Item location: Brewster, New York, United States
Make: Norton
Model: Commando
Type: Sport Bike
Year: 1970
Mileage: 130
VIN: 20M3S135482
Engine size: 745
Vehicle Title: Clear

Up for auction is a 1970 Norton Commando Production Racer (CPR) replica. I say “replica” because this is not one of the original 119 CPRs built at the Norton-Villiers Performance Shop at Thruxton Circuit in 1970 and 1971. In virtually every other way though, t is a correct machine. Norton records indicate this bike, 35438, as a "yellow Roadster” when it was dispatched to the US importer, erliner, n March 7, 970.However, hissubstantially correct replicacarries the major exotic period pieces of a genuine CPR, ncluding a period three-rib Lockheed disk brake caliper, PR-specific Campagnolo front axle, Norton” machined front disc brake hub (also drilled for a second rotor), nique CPR front slider with cast-in carrier for the Lockheed caliper, pecial Lockheed racing master cylinder, 0mm Amal carbs (correct for a 1970 CPR) with CPR-correct open bellmouths, orvil head steady, orrani 19” shouldered alloy wheels, PR-specific tucked-in exhaust headers, igh compression 10.25:1 Hepolite Powermax pistons, everse cam plate gearbox (to retain GP shift pattern with reversed lever and CPR rear sets) with close ratio gearset, elded up steel intake manifoldsinstead of standard cast aluminum production pieces, anx-type (shorter) brake foot lever, ented rear drum brake, onger-than-standard kickstarter, lear rocker oil feed line, PR-correct serial plate on chassis backbone, nd CPR-specific fiberglassfairing, uel tank and solo seat.I own seven genuine, ocumented, VPS Thruxton-dispatched CPRs; this machine is nearly indistinguishable from those, s well as being in excellent overall condition.Genuine CPRs are fantasticbikes to look at or ride, nd their period race record speaks to their now-legendary performance.Most Norton experts would have a hard time distinguishing this replica from the real thing.If you’ve ever had the pleasure of owning or riding one of these bikes,then you know they are the bee's knees of spirited vintage riding experiences andwill draw acrowd at your local watering hole. So, ake yourself and others happy by buying and riding this beautiful machine!The winning buyer can choose the large endurance tank as pictured, r an original 16 liter CPR tank that was restored with the bike and has been unused since. The endurance tank currently fitted was an original option on the CPR, ut I believe the tank on the bike is a reproduction (probably for the intention of running modern fuels, s it has been coated inside) of the optional factory unit.The overall correctness of this machine and the quality of the restoration can be attributed to its restorer and long-time former owner, ho was an original Norton dealer back in the day. Based on the substantial use of correct CPR-specific period components, would guess that this bike was converted to CPR specification in the early seventies by Berliner or a Norton Dealer using CPR components sourced directly from the Norton Race Department, ither for racing as a privateer entry or to keep up with American sales demand at a time when getting genuine, omplete CPRs out of England was difficult (only 35 genuine CPRs were sent to the US in 1970).Genuine CPRs are rare and values are slowly, ut surely, eing dragged higher by the slower, ore numerous, ound case Ducati 750SS. CPRs rarely come up for sale, ut the last one I saw for sale was earlier this year at Mecum's Las Vegas motorcycle auction. That bike, dvertised as a genuine example and restored by the same former Norton dealer that restored the bike on offer here, old for $49,500. Here's your chance to get the same aesthetics and performance of that bike for a fraction of that money, ertainly for less than the cost of all the genuine parts and a restoration, hich wouldeasily eclipse $25k. Although this is a fixed price listing with best offer option, ost of my listings end early, ither because I have a change of heart on selling or because someone makes a reasonable private offer before thelisting concludes, aving us both the time, assle and risk of waiting out the auction result. So, f you want a first rate, orrectly- and professionally-builtCPR replica,and not somebody's shed-built personal statement, uy it now or reach out with your best offer early.
Condition:I recently recommissioned the bike after it was stored for several years in a climate controlled showroom. New Yuasa battery, outine valve adjustment, arb clean, nd fluids...and it is now running like a top.I have tried to photograph the few small scratches on the tank and seat, lus the usual stress cracks on the seat roundel. If you need any other detail photos, lease ask. The front brake line needs replacing as the outer sheath is crumbling, lthough it does not leak and the brake functions perfectly.As I have seen on several other restorations, he rear tail light housing on this bike is black instead of CPR yellow.There are a few blemishes on the silencers as you would expect on a 40+ year old motorcycle (chrome flaking off in a few small spots) or on an older restoration. Mileage is indicated at 130, hich I would assume is the mileage since the full restoration.Overall, he bike remains in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition, ith only the minor "shelf" wear mentioned, few small scratches,the deteriorated front brake line, nd a professional detailing preventing it from being in show-like condition. That all being said, he bike has just the right amount of patina to it and correct parts to givea strong impression of the genuine article. Terms and conditions:This bike is sold as-is. No warranty is expressed or implied. Your bid is an offer to buy, ot an option to buy, o please ask any and all questions before buying or making an offer. The bike is sold on a Bill of Sale and a copy of the current GA registration (GA does not issue titles for bikes of this age). These documents should be sufficient for your state's DMV, ut confirm yourself if there's any doubt. I am not able to crate or ship the bike, ut I will make myself available to meet with the shipper of your choice. Local delivery within the Tri-State (NY, T, J) area is a possibility, ut confirm any such need with me ahead of bidding/buying.Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Good luck!

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