May 2016 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Scott Derkum and his 1974 Norton Commando

Make: Norton
Model: Commando
Year: 1974
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 850cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Scott Derkum
City: San Clemente

Scott Derkum and Matt Rambow Scott Derkum and Matt Rambow
1974 Norton Commando
Congratulations to Scott Derkum of San Clemente for winning Bike of the Month with his 1974 Norton Commando. Scott won a Mr. Pete's Grill gift certificate provided by Mr. Pete's Grill. This was Scott first time to our meet with the Commando. This bike was built in 2003 by Matt Rambow of Colorado Norton Works in Delores, CO. It is build #35 from the Norton Works, and Scott has owned it for about six months.

The bike has many custom bits including a single Mikuni carb replacing the original dual Amal carbs. Brembo front brakes and a Corbin Gun Fighter seat to name a few. According to Scott, Corbin got their start building aftermarket seats for the Norton. The success of their Gun Fighter seat lead to a damand for other brands, and the rest is history.

Scott also mentioned that the right side shift pattern on a Norton is different from other bikes with a one up, three down pattern. Something that doesn't effect him until he goes back to one of his other bikes.

Thanks Scott for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our May Gallery.
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1974 Norton Commando
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1962 Panther M120
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1960 Moto Guzzi Falconi
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1971 Kawasaki H1 500
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1968 BMW R69US
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1966 Honda Super Hawk 305
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