October 2016 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month
Tom Capalbo with his 1974 Norton 850 Commando

Make: Norton
Model: 850 Commando
Year: 1974
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 850cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Tom Capalbo
City: Villa Park

Norton 850 Commando
Congratulations to Tom Capalbo of Villa Park for winning Bike of the Month with his 1974 Norton 850 Commando. They won a Mr. Pete's Grill gift certificate provided by Mr. Pete's Grill.

Tom originally bought this Colorado Norton Works Limited edition Caf� bike back in 2014 as a gift for his brother. It's number 10 in a series of 13 from cNw. His brother owned the bike for a year and decided that he wanted to sell it. Tom bought it back to keep it in the family.

The bike is basically fully custom from the ground up. According the the Build sheet:
  • Frame: Custom chromoly tig welded oil in backbone by Jeff Cole
  • Swingarm: Custom by Jeff Cole
  • Bodywork: Custom alloy by Evan Wilcox
  • Seat: Custom by Don Clancy
  • Drivetrain: 858cc Commando, Fullauto ported head, modified JE pistons, plus more...
  • Fuel: Keihin dual 35mm pumper carburetor kit. Custom billet intake manifold
  • Clutch: Comstock Engineering hydraulic with Brembo master cylinder

Thanks Tom for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our October 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.

Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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October 2016
1974 Norton 850 Commando
September 2016
1969 BMW R60/2
August 2016
1971 Norton 750 Commando
July 2016
1951 Gilera Saturno Sport
June 2016
1949 Vincent Black Shadow
May 2016
1974 Norton Commando
April 2016
1972 Custom TR6 Triumph
March 2016
1962 Panther M120
February 2016
1980 Harley Davidson XR750
January 2016
1947 Velocette KSS
December 2015
1960 Moto Guzzi Falconi
November 2015
1973 Kawasaki H2 750
October 2015
1971 Kawasaki H1 500
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