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2011 Versys V 1972 Norton 850 Commando

Went out for a run a couple of weeks back with a mate of mine who's recently got his Commando 're-commisioned' and back on the road. He's in between a daily ride at the mo', having sold his Speed Triple a while ago. He's owned this Norton for around 25 years and has raced and modified it many times. This is it in its current incarnation. I'm not a big fan of classic bikes, but this is a stunner..! Pics were taken at Box Hill, Surrey, UK, which has been a bike meetiing place for longer than I've been around. Box Hill is also part of the cycling race route in the Olympics later this month.
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Nice!

I always liked the Commando 850 Interstate, although this advert may have swayed my preference back in my youth. There was a great series of similar ads (LINKY)
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Spectacular! I owned a '75 850 Commando Interstate while living in southwest Germany quite a few years ago and absolutely loved it despite the Amal carburetors and Lucas 12 volt positive ground electrical system.

During the summer of 1980, I and two friends (riding a Gold Wing and BMW 750), rode from Germany, through Belgium, crossed the channel to Dover, then wandered through southern England, up through Wales to Heysham, took the ferry to the Isle of Man (for the Manx Grand Prix), spent some 10 days on the island, then returned via the Lake District, down the eastern coast to Felixstowe, back across the channel, through Belgium and home to Ramstein.

It was an extraordinary trip and, surprise of surprises, the Norton was the only bike that made the trip without a single incident. It was even mentioned on Manx Radio. Can it get any better than that? My biggest mistake was selling it but I did get more than I paid for it. Ah well.

Headed back to the Isle of Man in September. My ancestors came from the IOM so it's rather like going home.

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Spectacular! I owned a '75 850 Commando Interstate while living in southwest Germany quite a few years ago and absolutely loved it despite the Amal carburetors and Lucas 12 volt positive ground electrical system.

During the summer of 1980, I and two friends (riding a Gold Wing and BMW 750), rode from Germany, through Belgium, crossed the channel to Dover, then wandered through southern England, up through Wales to Heysham, took the ferry to the Isle of Man (for the Manx Grand Prix), spent some 10 days on the island, then returned via the Lake District, down the eastern coast to Felixstowe, back across the channel, through Belgium and home to Ramstein.

It was an extraordinary trip and, surprise of surprises, the Norton was the only bike that made the trip without a single incident. It was even mentioned on Manx Radio. Can it get any better than that? My biggest mistake was selling it but I did get more than I paid for it. Ah well.

Headed back to the Isle of Man in September. My ancestors came from the IOM so it's rather like going home.
Where in Wales did you go, thats my home country!?
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