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1972 Norton Commando Combat 750, Factory High Compression, 1 Year Only Bike!

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1972 Norton Commando Combat 750, Factory High Compression, 1 Year Only Bike!

12,000.00

At first glance the 1972 Norton Combat presents itself as a standard Commando, as it shares the legendary frame, suspension, forks, and isolated motor mounts that gave Norton their reputation for smoothness and superb handling. The Combat even utilizes the same 745cc four-stroke, overhead valve, twin-cylinder motor. What makes the Combat special is a series of internal modifications and a much-appreciated disc brake.

The Combat engine has a shaved head for higher compression and a long-duration highlift cam which adds 2000 usable revs to reinforce the high-end of the power band. The bike was also geared down to compensate for its weakness in the low and mid range. These factory customizations led to over-revving during racing situations, even in the top gear. While the pistons could handle duress at 5,000rpms - exerting the bike at the new 7000rpm cap could cause the crowns to be pulled loose from their skirts. Difficulty in making cam chain adjustments caused many owners to skip proper servicing, compiling the engine’s issues.

A Norton Combat motor can be identified by a “C” stamped on the top of the motor, black painted piston barrels, and black painted cases (assuming the engine hasn’t been polished during a rebuild). Ultimately the Combat will remembered for its bold and brazen engine design and immediate popularity, followed by distressing breakage woes, and eventual cancellation - making them the historic oddities that they are today.

Here is the word of mouth history for our model:

The engine was rebuilt at Isles Motorcycles in Denver with the upgraded superblend main bearings and new everything else. I got it with zero miles on the clock, the instruments having been rebuilt. Since the rebuild, there's been a whopping 97 miles put on it, still breaking in! Silencers were matte black so I replaced them. Paint is virtually perfect in lovely bright red! Nice chrome, nice stainless fenders. Boyer ignition and 6V coils for optimum spark. New fork tubes, headlight ears, front brake rebuilt with new seals, stainless pistons and new ferodo pads. Matching numbers and clear title. Fires up first kick, and run great!

Also as you can see from the pictures there is a weld repair on the back of he crankcase below the carbs. It's well done but probably should have been fettled down prior to re-assembly. As far as authenticity goes with regard to being a combat, it's the correct vintage, has the 'C' on top of the head, 32MM carbs and the gap between the bottom fin of the head and the top fin of the cylinder is minimal denoting a skimmed (combat) head.

$12,000.00

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