The Norton 850 Commando was one of the most popular motorcycles ever made. For 5 straight years it was “Machine of the Year” in the UK, and even Norton themselves were surprised as the success as the engine was a pre-unit design. This was because money was very tight at the time for Norton, so they instead focused on chassis improvements. In 1973, Norton bumped up compression to 828cc (and then called it an 850), and the Roadster model continued unchanged for the 1974 model year. ’75 brought about the Mark III.
The Norton was well-known for rubber engine mounts (deemed an “isolastic” systems) that tremendously cut down vibrations. Ignoring how pretty it is, when it comes to classic British bikes, the Commando is probably the most practical and realistic one to enjoy on a daily basis in modern times. They’ve got good (~60hp) power, decent electrics, and in this case, a genuine Norton disc brake up front. There’s a reason the 850 Commando is a classic.
This specific Norton 850 Commando is, well, as close to new as you might find nowadays. Stored for 38 years, it has under a thousand miles. Two minor issues – some cracking of the pain on the tank, and the front brake caliper is seized.
Find this Norton 850 Commando for sale here on eBay with a monster opening bid of $15,000 in Iowa City, Iowa.