11 New 1975 Norton Commandos Found in Belgium!

| 4/13/2010 1:23:00 PM

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Norton Commando in crate

A "brand new" 1975 Norton Commando Interstate still in its crate, one of 11 found recently in Belgium 

Here’s something you don’t come across every day: 11 brand new 1975 electric-start Norton Interstate motorcycles, still in the crate and awaiting final assembly! The horde of Nortons came to light recently following the death of the owner of Motoshop Podevyn in Aalst, Belgium. Incredibly, the bikes are just a small part of an even larger collection.

From what we’ve been able to learn, the owner of Motoshop Podevyn had quite a reputation for collecting bikes and parts, but he also collected quite a reputation for being difficult to deal with, many former customers saying he rarely let go of parts or complete bikes from the huge collection he amassed over the years.

New Nortons still in crates

Here are the other 10 Nortons, still in their original, unopened packing crates. 

8/4/2016 8:13:08 AM

Alan Decker, I'm not sure about Australia, but I bought an Interstate new in 1972. It was faster than anything but a Z1 or H2 Kawasaki. While not necessarily the most reliable bike, especially by todays standards, I did put 25000 miles on it including one 7500 mile 8 week trip. As a Motorcycle mechanic by trade since 1974 and a former Suzuki service rep I can truly say none of the bikes back then were as reliable as todays. I'd love to have my Interstate back, but for now I have to be satisfied riding my 2007 M50 and playing with my 1965 Suzuki T10 and 4 RE5 project bikes. Gerryggg

8/2/2016 9:17:05 PM

I just looked at the parts fiche on Bike Bandit and it looks like the adjuster is a locknut and threaded adjuster, similar to the ones used on old Triumphs, only metric sized. A little searching found this link at Motion Pro: http://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0586

8/2/2016 4:39:47 PM

Speaking of Hondas, found a rolling basket 650 Nighthawk, 1982 for $50 last year. Had it running in a few weeks, found super nice oem parts on ebay, looks sharp, rides proper, but I need a tool for adjusting tappets, pt #07908-323000, any ideas? I called a couple dealers, pt # too old, don't stock. I' be watching for a '75 Norton Interstate rolling or any type basket for a project soon. I gave away a Triumph Trident basket when I moved, years ago, boo-hoo.