1966 Norton Atlas frame with heavily updated 1975 Norton Commando motor built for musician Billy Joel. Billy required three fundamentals that directed this build:
1) Must shift on the left, as do all his many other bikes
2) Must have electric start. Billy does not love high compression kickstarts
3) Must have belt drive/vented primary
While it seemed obvious that a MK3 Commando would fill all the above criteria, the electric “assist” on a MK3 was never reliable to begin with, and now running a sprag gear dry with no oil bath in the primary would destroy it in short order. Therefore a custom belt drive/electric start setup was created through intense work with Fred Eaton at Old Britts, fitting one of his new starter units (designed for PRE MK3 bikes) into a MK3 motor/primary all housed within custom polished stainless Featherbed engine plates. No short order. But the result was spectacular in looks, rideability, and performance.
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