The December 1975 Cycle World Road Test of the 850 Interstate
includes the following:
> "Perhaps in an effort to better the Interstate's touring image,
Norton-Triumph in the US was about to market a complete tour package
for the latest 1975 model, the subject of this test. But the bottom
fell out in Duarte, and abandonment of the idea followed. So the
equipment you see on our test model (seat, crash bars and windshield/
fairing) may or may not be available when you read this. Saddlebags
were supposed to be a part of our package, but they too went by the
wayside in the NVT shuffle."
> The article has pictures of a gorgeous 850 equipped with a long two-
level seat, highway bars, and a windjammer-type fairing with the
Norton logo on it.
> I bought a 75 Interstate this summer and am restoring/upgrading it
for touring. I bought some highway bars "off a 1975 Norton Commando"
off e-bay. I assume they are aftermarket, but don't know.
> Ok, here are the questions:
> Has anyone seen an MK III come from a dealer equipped with highway
bars and a Norton logo fairing? Where such bikes actually sold? Is
anyone aware of the existence or availability of Norton-specific bars
> Thanks for reading this far.
> Alan in Raleigh
> 1975 MKIII Roadster
> 1975 MKIII Interstate
#2. "RE: Interstate Highway Bars and Fairing?" In response to Reply # 1 Wed Jun-13-12 03:15 PM by dynodave
Other than the (limited/special) JPS body style (interpol excepted) I have never seen a commando with a factory comprehensive touring package or windscreen. A interstate tank holds down engine noise much better than a roadster. I have used a fairing and it is wonderful against wind buffeting. Since a debugged commando is a very credible long distance highway blaster I highly recommend a well thought out touring package. IMHO A commando is a touring bike and not as many feel... a ricky racer hot rod.