Norton 850 Commando Review

1974 Norton 850 Commando from United Kingdom

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles


For the riding I do, Canada to the tip of Baha, the best bike built


Rebuilt engine at 125,000 for the fun and reliability.

And at 200,000 for bigger bore .060 over.

General Comments:

I lay down on the machine. My feet crossed over the tail light. Very comfortable. Steer with my lean, hands on the shocks.

Runs circles around Harlie's. But they can out pull me on straight lines.

New seat in 1976 from Woods Custom Seats, Sacramento CA.

Too much primary chain stretch until it settles in.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2011

22nd Aug 2011, 13:03

Hi, I'd sure like to communicate with you about your Norton as I am looking at buying a 1974 850 Commando. My email is



Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 1 review