The Oddball – 1969 Norton Commando S

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Norton introduced the 750 Commando in 1968 known as the Fastback. In 1969 they introduced two more models, the R (Roadster) and the S (Street Scrambler). In the fullness of life, the Roadster would become the ‘standard’ Commando and the other two would go away. The 1969 Scrambler was produced for the American market and in direct response to the Honda driven scrambler craze.

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The 1969 Norton Commando S featured high pipes on the left side, slimmer forks and side covers, and points located at the end of the camshaft under a cover. Power was derived from the standard 745 CC overhead valve parallel twin that produced a respectable 56 HP (the R variant made 60 HP) through twin Amal Concentric carbs. A 4 speed transmission, good brakes and suspension moved the 400 LB Commando S to a top speed of 115 MPH.

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This Commando S is located in Santa Clara, California and is listed as an 18,354 mile survivor. This bike is almost unique in that the owner has been around it and owned it (twice) since new. It is a mostly original bike except for normal wear and tear parts, complete with a couple of dings. It has recently been gone through and is probably a reliable rider. The bike is currently priced at $5,000 (reserve not met)

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