No Reserve – 1973 Norton Commando 850

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Post Listing Update: Initially, this Commando sold for $11,100 after 14 bids on eBay, however it was relisted due to a non-paying bidder. The seller then pulled this bike off of eBay, final sale price unknown.

Back on the market after some time in a climate-controlled private collection, this Norton Commando looks to be well-preserved.

1973 was the first year of the Commando 850 (828cc), which had 60 claimed horsepower and a top speed north of 120 mph. Superblend main bearings were standard after Norton had learned their lesson with the Combat motor, and the Commando line (except for the Hi-Rider, for some reason) got a standard front disk brake to counteract the extra torque.

This example (VIN: 300259) is offered by someone who notes that they are “not an expert on British bikes” but he’s had a few people look at it and the consensus is this Norton still has the original paint, seat, controls, gauges, and carbs. The motor “does not appear to have ever been apart”, and it has electronic ignition. The odometer shows 7,522 miles and the bike is said to start easy and run extremely well – the tank and carbs were cleaned and it has a new battery. As the seller puts it, “this is really a nice bike that can be ridden now or with just a little detailing could be shown and probably win some events.” What do you think?

Find this Commando for sale in Tulsa, Oklahoma with bidding up to $7,000 here on eBay.

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