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westcorkbantam
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May 24, 2021 - 7:49 pm
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Hi all, I am a new member living in south west Cork, Ireland, although a born and bred county Durham lad. My biking career started in 1975 on a Yamaha yds7 back in the good old days when without any idea or training you just tied L plates on and away you went,...... absolutely bonkers ! sadly i slipped off the yds7 on a rain and diesel soaked right hander and the bike slid on its side into a concrete bollard, the frame and crankcases were damaged so the bike was written off, i was perfectly ok and had a one mile push back home. Once the bike was collected by an insurance sub contractor and i was paid out i saved like crazy and bought a 1972 Norton 750 Commando fastback ( wish i still had it and i have tried to find it but to no avail ) my fathers face was a picture when he came in for tea from work and i had the Commando round the back of the house, when i "could'nt even keep a 250 upright"

I have had many bikes since but the Norton was my only british bike until now when i have just purchased a 1962 d7 in need of total refurbishment. I'm looking forward to the challenge of the restoration and the search for parts to bring it back to life. I am sure to have plenty of questions and be in the need of those in the know as the project progresses. Once i've sussed how to post pictures i'll post a couple of my bantam in its found state, you will see i am ever the optimist.........

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Hello Derek and a very warm welcome 🙂 I'm salivating at the thought of a '72 Commando. What colour was it? I swither between purple, yellow and john player as my favourite colour schemes(although the green is lovely too...) However it's likely to remain a problem I never have unfortunately. You'll se on the site that many basket cases have been brought back to life, so I'm sure you'll do grand. D7's are usually easier to find parts for as they were so plentiful.

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Have a really good nose around the forum and enjoy yourself. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Good Luck!

All the best,

Stewart

 '55 D3 Battery; '58 Square Four (project); '59 D1 direct lighting plunger; '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E; '91 GTR 1000;  '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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westcorkbantam
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Hi Stewart,

The fastback was a mini flake orange, very bright but i loved it...... JBB988K i would love to find it again, by the way i managed to keep the Commando upright despite my fathers doubts as to whether i would ever see 19 years of age. I sold it and bought a used blue Suzuki gt750 on an "n" plate i think that would be a 1974 model ? after the Commando it was another world........ happy days.

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Hi Derek, 

I joined the Bantam club just over 2 years ago, and found the members are very helpful. 

I currently am restoring a Bantam Super D7, 1961 model.

This is my second one , which has had different parts which need attention. 

I noticed you said that you had a Norton Commando in the past.

I just wanted to say that I too owned one, a Commando Interstate 1972 model.

There was something about the style and performance of the early British version of a super bike which I loved.

Alas, like you I sold it several years ago. 

As I have now retired, the bantam is a great hobby, and as other members may have commented,  you will get great satisfaction from this.

Cheers Terry 

My d7 might be super one day !

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May 27, 2021 - 11:12 am
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westcorkbantam said
Hi Stewart,

The fastback was a mini flake orange, very bright but i loved it...... JBB988K i would love to find it again, by the way i managed to keep the Commando upright despite my fathers doubts as to whether i would ever see 19 years of age. I sold it and bought a used blue Suzuki gt750 on an "n" plate i think that would be a 1974 model ? after the Commando it was another world........ happy days.  

It’s not been on the road for a while!

 

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Lurking in a shed somewhere for some lucky rummager to find.....

 '55 D3 Battery; '58 Square Four (project); '59 D1 direct lighting plunger; '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E; '91 GTR 1000;  '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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My Commando was a bright yellow '71 fastback and although it wasn't my favourite bike at the time it's the one I most wish I had now !

two B175s, a C15 and a CB360.

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Enjoy your Bantam restoration, a little bit slower than a Commando confused but easier to restore, you will get loads of help from this forum.

Regards Larry

D1 plunger, D3 plunger project (a very rusty almost complete barn/garage find) working on a plunger 1955 T20 cub plunger

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It has happened early in my Bantam career but i'm afraid i've got Bantam fever, i'm off in the van to look at another 2 Bantams tomorrow. I have had one Covid jab i could do with a Bantam fever jab as well i think. I will attempt to put some pictures on of the first Bantam i bought for restoration, if this works you will see it is a barn find in the fullest meaning of the term. Bantam-find-4-smaller.jpgBantam-find-1smaller.jpgBantam-find-3smaller.jpg

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I bet the chickens were miffed when you took their perch away!grr

D1 plunger, D3 plunger project (a very rusty almost complete barn/garage find) working on a plunger 1955 T20 cub plunger

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