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Memorable Motorcycles - Norton Commando Photo Gallery

Memorable Motorcycles - Norton Commando - The Commando has a long and mixed history. From day one of its launch at the Earls Court show of 1967, it was an outdated compromise. Check out the full story in Memorable Motorcycles: 1979 Norton Commando.

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When the Commando debuted in 1967 the engine was already old, by the time it powered the Interstate it was ancient.
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The Commando Interstate's 828cc powerplant was a bored-out version of the 497cc engine designed by Bert Hopwood way back in 1948.
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Even though there was an electric start, an Interstate owner would grow to be very familiar with the kicker anyway.
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The Norton Commando Interstate's control panel features an analog speedo and tach.
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The Norton Commando Interstate's control panel features an analog speedo and tach.
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The Commando Interstate had and electric start but the in-house joke at Norton was that the starter provided 'electrical assistance.'
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At the heart of all Commandos is a big, very old fashioned, air-cooled, push-rod Twin.
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As with the gearbox, the Commando Interstate made an impressive leap backwards with its horrid brakes, which were abysmal and required a lot of effort at the lever.
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The left-hand gearshift on the Commando Interstate destroyed the buttery feel of the original, marring one of the antiquated designs bright spots.
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The Norton Interstate results in a very mid-'70s Harley-Davidson boulevard cruising style.
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The Commando Interstate's back end.
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The Norton name inspires loyalty in many riders the world over, but the last Commandos were not great machines.
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Norton has always maintained a loyal following in America and an attempt to resurrect the brand is still in the works. For now riders will have to be content with the vintage pickings.
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With the gearshift on the left, the feel of the Commando's orginal was destroyed.