Written on: 28/09/2007 by hillymossie
The two Norton 750 Commandos that I have owned were, in the 70s the best compromise between excellent handling and power. They also looked great and were reliable considering that I rode them hard! They are easy to work on and parts are cheap.
Most of the bad points can be easily rectified with better parts ie. electronic ignition and better gearbox bearings also a front brake conversion and fitment of stainless parts.
As time has gone by people have forgotten that the alternatives to the Commando were either fast terrible handling Japanese bikes or fast good handling but unreliable Italian bikes. I used to think that all journalists at the time could think of were bikes that could start with the press of a button and switchgear that was labelled (as if you could see that at 100 mph!). My view was that riding was about fun and that there was no better feeling that leaning your bike to the limit on a twisty road. I have owned 4 Commandos a 1968 750, a 1973 750 both Fastbacks. A 1975 850 amd a 1974 850 both Roadsters and I still the 1974. I won best Classic at a show with it in 2005.