To brand Norton to give a stronger market position, particularly in front of the very popular Triumph Bonneville models decided the owner of Norton-Villiers, Dennis Poore, to establish a development team that would develop a whole new heavy twin. Finance, there were hardly and it was clear that the marks AJS and Matchless could not carry the load. In 1948, Norton had refused the 500cc parallel twin Model 7 Bert Hopwood take into production, but eventually, the block via the 500-, 600- and 650cc and 750cc Dominators Atlas models the brand dragged through the fifties and sixties, and it had breathed new life when the command was on the drawing board. The development team consisted of former Rolls Royce engineer Dr. Stefan Bauer, chief engineer Bernard Hooper (formerly AMC) and assistant Bob Trigg (ex-Villiers). They faced the task of first vibrations Atlas models teased to solve. The simplest solution would have been the block in rubber silentblocks to hang, but they decided to tackle the rigorous and developed the Isolastic system, where the block was indeed suspended by rubbers, but still could not move sideways as well as they knew the chain tension to keep constant. The Featherbed frame was rejected by Bauer and he designed a new double cradle frame with a single top tube. De Villiers factory in Wolverhampton would produce the blocks, the frames were made in Manchester and everything was taken to Plumstead for assembly. When the factory was expropriated in Plumstead in 1968 the company moved to Andover (Hampshire). The test unit came in a hangar at the airfield of Thruxton justified. Wolverhampton were now 80 complete motorcycles produced per week. The initially strong 60hp Command was easily faster than the competition Triumph and BSA, and was elected by the leading magazine MCN (Motor Cycle News) for five years (1968 to 1972) "Motorcycle of the Year". That should be a somewhat chauvinistic choice have been completely ignoring the success of the Honda CB 750 and Kawasaki Z 1900.
This kit comes with all the necessary paint, glue and a paintbrush!
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