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1973 Norton Commando 750

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Visiting California

Classic Velocity

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I paid an unexpected visit to California, PA while out for a ride. The Norton has no reserve on the petcocks, so if you don't watch your fuel, empty is....well...empty. Family to the rescue, but it provided time to contemplate why the place got its' name. It turns out that Frederick Wolf built the California Hotel in this Bucks County location. 

Show Quality

Classic Velocity

At the annual pilgrimage to Limerock, the Sunday car show had a surprise. There are always a few motorcycles present, but this year the quality of the machines was up several notches. This yellow Commando was among the entries..

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First Impressions

Classic Velocity

The sound is magnificent. From initial startup, to cracking the throttle while underway, this motorcycle sounds the business. It also looks proper, as only a Norton can. It instantly brings back all that was good about my previous Commandos. Plenty of  torque, fast, good handling. Along with that come the challenges. The front brake is rubbish, and the neutral light quit after being flawless throughout the test rides and pre-acquisition phase. So there is some work to be done. Did I mention the great sound through the pea-shooters ? The basics are great, and that is a departure from previous experience....