New-again Nor­ton

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

From AARON ABELL in Ade­laide comes this heart-warm­ing tale. “A Nor­ton Com­mando Fast­back was dad’s (John Abell’s) ride when he was around 19 years old in 1969. He pur­chased the bike new in Mil­dura, our home­town. Life’s chal­lenges were ev­i­dent when he sold the bike with a goal to pur­chase a house in the early ‘70s. It would take sev­eral years to pur­chase another, and be­gin the restora­tion project to bring the bike back to its for­mer glory. How­ever, in the late ‘80s after sev­eral years in the restora­tion phase, it was ready to ride again, and was a reg­u­lar sight around the Mil­dura Har­ley drags of the early ‘90s. 2010 would be dad’s 60th birth­day, and I had a thought to re­store the bike again, so the project started, and the easy bits were com­pleted in a timely fash­ion, paint, chrome and pol­ish. The en­gine re-build how­ever, took a lot longer than an­tic­i­pated. We were in­ter­rupted by dad’s sud­den sick­ness and he soon passed away early in 2013, with­out see­ing the bike fin­ished; quite dev­as­tat­ing! A huge thanks to Stuey from Brit Bikes in Ade­laide for com­ing on board and help­ing me to fin­ish. More than four years after the restora­tion be­gan, I can proudly say that to­day it runs sweeter than it ever has, and I’m sure the old man is pleased with the re­sult”.

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