Michael Bailey’s 850 Norton Commando (Video)

By Richard Backus

A recently completed 850 Norton Commando rebuild starts on the third kick.

Popular from the beginning, Norton dealers found a ready audience in the baby boomers just coming of age, and sales of Norton Commando 850s took off. Commandos are fast, easy-to-ride, well-handling machines, and the recognizable comforting monotone hum of a Norton turns heads to this day.

More British Motorcycles from Motorcycle Classics

• Agnes the Norton Commando 850
• Norton Commando: 850 Versus 961
• High-Mileage Classics: 200,000-mile 1973 Norton 850 Commando
• Ken Peters’ 1973 Norton 850 Commando

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