1973 – NORTON COMMANDO JPN 850


The Commando’s vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers successfully to prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, the model was an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News “Machine of the Year” for five consecutive years. Introduced in 1973, the 850 model provided even more mid-range urge and would continue as the sole Commando after 1975 when the Electric-start Mark3 was introduced. Reflecting the Norton race team’s sponsorship by the John Player tobacco company, a new Commando model, the “John Player Norton” or “JPN” for short, had been announced for the 1974 season. Equipped with a streamilned half-fairing and matching tank/seat unit in John Player livery, the JPN came with a choice of engines: the standard 829cc motor or a short-stroke 749cc unit intended for production racing. A top-of-the-range, limited edition model produced for only a couple of seasons, is nowadays one of the most sought-after members of the Commando family. This original JPN Commando was purchased new from Norton agent Gus Kuhn Motors in Stockwell, South London.

Years: 1973-1975
Production: 250
Design: Norton Design Dept.
Provenience: Collezione Motociclistica Milanese

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