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1973 Norton Commando

A friend of mine ascribes the recent decline in the number of young motorcyclists to the relentless marketing of Japanese sportbikes in the 1980s. These machines, unlike most that preceded them, had no room for a pillion. The father—or uncle, or grandfather—could not take the youngster out for a ride. So many kids never got

1940 Indian motorcycle by The GasBox

Every year, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering attracts enthusiasts and well-heeled collectors from all over the world to Carmel, California. The quality of machinery is one drawcard; another is the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Mert Lawwill and Wayne Rainey. Of course, there’s also a competition—and the most interesting class for us is

1974 Norton Commando

By most accounts, owning a vintage Norton Commando can be a quixotic experience. For many, it’s the romantic ideal of a classic motorcycle—but you’re likely to need good spanner skills to keep the bike going. The alternative is to locate a Commando that has been subtly upgraded as well as restored, by someone such as

Honda CB450 by Dime City

EXCLUSIVE The kings of the CB450 café racer are the guys at Dime City Cycles in Florida, who we’ve featured before. They’ll be getting considerably wider exposure soon, because this latest bike will be starring in the new Discovery HD Theater series Café Racer TV. The images here were shot especially for Bike EXIF and

Norton Commando by Kenny Dreer

If you’ve ridden just about every motorcycle ever built, you’re going to be pretty selective when it comes to your own ride. In the case of former Cycle World editor David Edwards, that motorcycle is a custom Norton Commando built by Kenny Dreer. Edwards recently got his Norton back after some fettling. “After ten years

Norton Commando 961 SE

Norton has revealed a few more details of the long-awaited Commando 961, and an image from a shoot held four months ago. Production is now scheduled for the end of September 2009, and Norton will be making only 200 of this model. (Yes, SE means ‘Special Edition’.) As MCN reported ten days ago, the price

A classy French Norton Wasp racer

I love this Norton Wasp because it has an understated, almost monochromatic beauty. It belongs to a member of the Coyote Racing Team in France, who built it four years ago to run in classic race events. It’s a very classy ‘bitsa’, marrying Norton parts with Italian and Japanese components. The owner wishes to remain

1974 Norton Commando 850

There’s something impossibly British about the color scheme of this lovely 1974 Norton Commando 850. I’m guessing it’s a Mark 2A model with the 828 cc engine—still an air-cooled twin like the iconic 750 models, but a little more relaxed in its power delivery. Today, the Mark 2A is one of the most desirable Nortons