There are lots of books about the Norton Commando; about its history, performance, lineage, and the minutiae of its specification. But none of them will tell you what to look for when buying one secondhand. Thats what this book is about - it is a straightforward, practical guide to buying a used Commando. It doesnt list all the correct colour combinations for each year, or analyse the bikes design philosophy, or consider its background as part of a troubled industry - there are excellent books listed at the end of this one that do all of that - but it will help you avoid buying a dud. Point by point, it takes the reader through everything that needs looking at when buying a Commando, plus spares prices, which is the best model to buy for your needs, and a look at auctions, restorations and paperwork The last of the classic Nortons, the Commando remains a collectors item, and many have been saved, restored and ridden - this book tells the reader how to be part of its ongoing story.
1 - Is it the bike for you? 2 - Cost considerations 3 - Living with a Commando 4 - Relative values 5 - Before you view 6 - 15min evaluation 7 - Key points 8 - Serious evaluation 9 - Auctions 10 - Paperwork 11 - Whats it worth to you? 12 - Do you really want to restore? 13 - Paint faults 14 - Lack of use problems 15 - The community 16 - Vital statistics
Peter Henshaw has been an enthusiast for anything with wheels since he was a child - everything from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a whole raft of transport magazines and websites, including The Vintagent (motorcycles), A to B (cycling) and Tractor (as it says ...) as well as editing Vintage & Classic Motorcycle. But this petrolhead is becoming increasingly green - now doesnt fly, doesnt own a car, rides the most economical motorcycle on the market, and for local journeys uses a bicycle or pedelec.