Norton Commando Restored - Left Side

A Tale of Two Commandos

Here’s a dilemma – do you want a fully restored Commando, or one that’s about to turn 40 that’s original and unrestored? What would you pick?

Here are today’s choices. First, a “no expense spared” restoration on a numbers-matching 750cc bike (VIN: 208444) which was also given a Boyer ignition.

Norton Commando Restored - Left Side

Find this restored example for sale in Chicago, Illinois with bidding up to $7,850 and the reserve not yet met

Or do you take a chance because a bike is only original once? Here’s a 1975 Mk3 750cc with electric start (VIN: 331929) that has 20,805 miles over two owners.

Norton Commando Unrestored - Rear Left

According to the original sales slip (included), this bike sold in 1976 for $1,850 and a Triumph was traded in on it. It still has the original ignition key, and comes with some goodies like a K&N filter and the original Paul Dunstall Decibel silencers. It’s not perfect – you won’t get the tool kit, not all the idiot lights work, and the photos of the bike are apparently more flattering than reality. But hey, it’s a 40 year old unrestored bike! Find this original, unrestored example for sale in Shakopee, Minnesota with bidding up to $8,100 and the reserve not yet met

Yamaha R6 - Left Side

Just Hands – 2003 Yamaha R6

This Yamaha R6 has been modified by the seller to be rideable by someone who is paralyzed from the waist down. It’s quite fascinating – a Translogic push button shifter takes care of swapping gear ratios, while custom electronic outriggers take care of keeping the bike upright at a stop. The outriggers are deployed via a toggle switch mounted in the left hand controls.

This bike also has an Ohlins rear shocks, the inverted front forks from a 2005 model, wave rotors, and velcro foot pegs. I hope someone’s able to get good use out of it. Find this Yamaha R6 for sale here on Craigslist in Pasadena, California for $8,500.

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Honda CB77 - Left Side

1965 Honda CB77

Here’s a lovely Superhawk that was restored last year. The motor’s had some work done, including a new top end, and the frame, swingarm, and center stand were powdercoated. I’d ditch the CYB seat for the original, but the seller’s folder full of receipts should be helpful in maintaining peace of mind.

Find this CB77 for sale here on Craigslist in Ellicott City, Maryland for $4,950. As pointed out by kevinr88 in the comments, this bike was on eBay for $5,300 but got no action (and was then relisted, where bidding got up to $3,550 without meeting reserve).

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