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in Britain

 

1971 Norton Commando

Hi-Rider

In Cruiser, by Abhi,

When “Easy Rider” exponentially increased the popularity of choppers around the world, it was inevitable that certain businesses would try to ride the wave. What was surprising was that one of those companies was Norton, who created the “Hi-Rider” variant of the Commando to counteract the popularity of big Japanese motorcycles like the Honda CB750. It looked silly – in a ’74 review, Cycle magazine called it “hilarious” – but time heals all wounds. Now there are riders who like it simply because of how rare and absurd it is.


There is indeed a charm to this bike if you’re a fan of ugly ducklings – some consider this to be the first mass-produced custom bike. 1971 was the first year of the production run, and it lasted through 1975. It featured the small (2.3 gallon) fuel tank from the SS, raised handlebars, and a curved seat that made it just about impossible to have a passenger on the back. For more information on this odd factory custom, check out this article on Motorcycle Classics.


Thought it was built in ’71, this bike was registered in 1975. The seller says the paintwork is beautiful but the rest of the bike shows the “patina of age.” The rims and headlamp bucket could benefit from being rechromed and the tachometer does not work but both are relatively easy fixes. Find this Hi-Rider for sale in Gloucestershire, England for approximately $12,250 here at We Sell Classic Bikes

Our February Club Meeting is at Moto Liberty on Sunday, February 25th.

As usual Audrey will have refreshments including her famous Italian beef.

Members and guests are encouraged to arrive around noon to socialize, meet new members and guests and look over the different assortment of antique and modern bikes. The meeting and discussion starts at 2pm.

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Coming Events:
            [Event Calendar]
            [Every Tuesday night] - Two Wheel Social
            [Every Wednesday night] - Dallas Bike Night
            [Every Friday night] - Ft. Worth Bike Night
            [February Club Meeting] - at Moto Liberty - 25 Feb.
            [Texas Pinball Festival] - at Embassy Suites, Frisco - March 16-18
            [March Club Meeting] - at Big D Cycle - March 25th
            [April Club Meeting] - at Doc's Bar & Grill in Muenster - April 22nd
            [Spring Hill Country Ride] - Leakey, TX - April 26-28th
            [British Motorcycle Show] - Chandler, OK - May 5th
            [Motorcycle Swap Meet] - Chandler, OK - May 6th
            [All British & European Car Day] - at White Rock Lake - May 6th.
            [Ozark Rat Raid] - Harrison, AR - Jun 7-10
            [Land O' the Pines Rallye] - at Diamond Dons - 27-30 Sept.

Revised: February 17, 2018.
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