The Nor­ton Com­mando Bible

Old Bike Australasia - - GOOD GEAR - By Peter Hen­shaw

Pub­lished by Ve­loce 144 pages hard cover ISBN: 978-1-78711-006-9 Avail­able from Ren­niks (02) 9695 7055 www.ren­niks.com RRP: $55.50

Even to­day, the Com­mando po­larises opin­ion with Nor­ton afi­ciona­dos who con­sider the loss of the Feath­erbed frame a crime. But there’s lit­tle doubt that the Com­mando gave a much-needed in­jec­tion of life into the Nor­ton brand which would have per­ished sooner than it did with­out this model. This book cov­ers the Com­mando from the be­gin­ning to end – in fact, be­fore the be­gin­ning as there is a chap­ter on the ugly P10 pro­to­type – thank good­ness Nor­ton didn’t pro­ceed with that one – with its one-me­tre long cam chain and prodi­gious oil leaks. The book even ex­tends to the Cos­worth Chal­lenge, another one best for­got­ten, but which could have be­come the fi­nal in­car­na­tion of the Com­mando. As usual in this se­ries, there are sec­tions on en­gine num­bers and pro­duc­tion dates, com­po­nent sup­pli­ers, and var­i­ous model spec­i­fi­ca­tions – all handy stuff for buffs and re­stor­ers alike. Iron­i­cally, with the march of anno do­mini, the Com­mando is prob­a­bly, to the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion, the best known Nor­ton of all, and prob­a­bly more pop­u­lar to­day than ever.

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