1969 NORTON COMMANDO


1969 Norton Commando Fastback

1969 Norton Commando Fastback

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MODEL DESIGNATIONS
The 1969 Norton Commando came in one additional model for 1969, its second model year in production. The 1968 Norton Commando was available in one model only, and so was simply called 'Norton Commando', even though it had what was to become known as 'Fastback'-styling. But, once new models were introduced for the 1969 season, it became necessary to differentiate the various Commandos. So, the standard model became known as the Norton Commando Fastback, and it was joined by the new model, the Model S (Street Scrambler) with high pipes. Neither had the trademark tail section of the Fastback.

1969 Norton Commando Fastback

1969 Norton Commando Fastback

1969 Norton Commando engine

1969 Norton Commando Fastback


MODEL R FOR ROADSTER
They both had standard chromed rear fenders (mudguards) to match the front. Besides the exhaust systems, both the R & S Models were styled the same, with their own tank & seat. The Roadster (Model R) had very handsome downpipes with reverse megaphones that swept up sharply toward the rear, creating a very dynamic look. The Commando Roadster ended up becoming more or less the 'standard Norton Commando'.

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This 1969 Norton Commando Model S shows the high pipes exclusive to the S model.

MODEL S - STREET SCRAMBLER
The S Model was styled to appeal to the American street scrambler craze (exploited masterfully by Honda) with high pipes, both running high along the left side. The S also had slimline forks & smaller side covers. The engine had its ignition points mounted for the first time on the timing cover, driven off the end of the camshaft. This meant a new location had to be found for the tachometer (rev counter) drive. This now moved to the top of the crankcase in front of the cylinder block, driven off a skew gear on the camshaft. The hard-to-service ignition distributor formerly located in the spot formerly located by the magneto, behind the cylinder block, was eliminated in favor of the new points setup.


1969 Norton Commando SPECIFICATIONS:


1969 NORTON COMMANDO
Model Designations:
Fastback MkI........................................................ 20M3
Street Scrambler................................................... Type S
Original List Price:
Fastback...............................................................$1,449
Type S..................................................................$1,450
Engine:
Type......................................................................OHV parallel twin
Dislplacement (actual):........................................... 746cc
Bore..................................................................... 73mm / 2.875"
Stroke................................................................... 89mm / 3.503
Compression Ratio:................................................. 9:0:1
Horsepower: ......................................................... 58hp @ 6500rpm
Carburetors ...........................................................(2) 30mm Amal Concentrics
Ignition..................................................................(2) coils
Oil System..............................................................dry sump
Oil Capacity.............................................................6pt.
Lighting System.......................................................12V battery & alternator
Ignition Timing, fully advanced...................................28-degrees BTDC
Primary drive...........................................................triplex chain
Clutch Type............................................................. multi-plate diaphram
Gearbox Ratios:
1st Gear...................................................................12.40:1
2nd Gear................................................................. 8.25:1
3rd Gear.................................................................. 5.90:1
4th Gear.................................................................. 4.84:1
Top Speeds in Gears @ 7000rpm:
1st Gear................................................................... 43.2mph
2nd Gear ................................................................. 64.8mph
3rd Gear ................................................................. 90.6mph
4th Gear ................................................................. 110.4mph
Dimensions:
Wheelbase................................................................ 57.1 inches
Seat Height............................................................... 31.3 inches
Curb Weight.............................................................. 431lb.


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