November 2020 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Jeff McCoy of Huntington Beach with his 1975 Norton Commando 850

Make: Norton
Model: Commando
Year: 1975
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 850cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Jeff McCoy
City: Huntington Beach

1975 Norton Commando 850 Mark III

Congratulations to Jeff McCoy of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1975 Norton Commando 850. Jeff won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Jeff has been coming to this meet longer than I have, he's one of the originals. He probably attended the very first one. He has owned this Norton for about four years and did a complete restoration on it.

This one is painted in the British cigarette maker John Player's colors. 1975 was the last year for the Norton Commando and there were many changes from the 1974 model year.

To comply with US regulations, the shifter was moved to the left side. Due to this change Norton added a rear disk brake, one of the first in the industry. It also had an electric start.

Period Correct Mods
Jeff told me that the popular mods were removing the stock airbox and replacing it with a K&N filter, and also replacing the mufflers with pea-shooters. This bike has both of those mods.

I mentioned at the meet that Jeff wins all the time, however I was wrong, he's actually only won one time in the past:
February 2019 with his 1950 Norton ES2

Thank you Jeff for bringing your Norton out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our November 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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1975 Norton Commando 850
October 2020
1968 Egli-Vincent
September 2020
1971 Bultaco Matadore MK4
August 2020
1975 Kawasaki H2 750
July 2020
1909 Indian Single
June 2020
1937 BMW R-12
March 2020
1949 Nimbus Model C
February 2020
1972 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850
January 2020
1983 Honda CB1100F
December 2019
1972 Hodaka Model 94 Wombat
November 2019
1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Turbo
October 2019
1951 BMW R25/2
September 2019
1975 Yamaha RD200
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