- Dec 20, 2005
Mine was sold by Sears , All State (Vespa) scooter riding Acadian dyke along Salmon River at end of our Street was a hoot !
I gotta say that's was how it was for me too. We lived on the north side of Houston and the only brit bike shop was across town on the south east side, about 30 miles away. My big brother traded his '69 Chevell for a '70 750 'S' with the deepest Blue metalflake paint job I'd ever seen, the chrome musta had a high nickel content 'cause it was super shiny and had that halo ring around the headlight. I was 15 riding a red two stroke single cylinder Suzuki TS100, The Norton seemed huge then.Back then, the 650's and 750's seemed like enormous bikes to a lad of 13. Now they seem a bit midsized to small. Especially parked next to a Busa and a Victory.
By the time I was road riding Suzuki/Yamaha/Honda on the road (legally) in the mid-late 70's, there seemed to be very few British bikes around. No dealers left either, which likely contributed to this.
Bob Dylan, c. 1968 atop a Norton Atlas? I think?. Had this poster on my bedroom wall through my junior and senior year in high school. Acquired my 1971 750 Roadster 6 years later in 1974.Blowfly here. I bought a '68 Commando recently. Riding it has been revelatory. So much feedback from the machine. Sticks to the road like sh-t to a blanket, and that feeling when everything goes 'hummmm* at 3,000-6,000. Totally addictive.
I was born when all superbikes were Japanese. It got me wondering what it must have been like to ride a bike like this in '68. Don't get me wrong a Beezer or Triumph are fine machines, but a '68 Commando is so different. Sublime.
Oops I just joined the Access Norton, hi everyone! ...
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