November 2008 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Bill Kerylow with his Norton

Make: Norton
Model:Commando 750ss
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 750cc Twin
Year: 1970
Owner: Bill Kerylow, Buena Park

1970 Norton Commando 750ss

Congratulations to Bill Kerylow of Buena Park for winning Bike of the Month with his 1970 Norton Commando 750ss.

This Commando started out as 13 boxes of parts that Bill bought in 1999. It took him about two years to put them all together into a running bike, and he has done many mods since then.

The bike has a 1970 frame, 1971 engine, and a 1973 front end. One of the biggest modifications was changing the primary drive chain to a dry belt system. This dropped twenty pounds from the weight of the bike. Bill says it shifts much smoother with a dry clutch.

Bill told me the mods were too many to mention, but here are a few of them. The front brakes are Lockheed calipers on a 13" rotor set up for racing. The wheels are 18" alloy rims to allow for modern tire sizes. The exhust system is SS headers with Conti replica mufflers. The entire engine is covered with finned accessories.

This bike was a crowd favorite. Check out all the pictures in the November Gallery. Thank you Bill for bringing out.

Sadly, Bill Kerylow passed away on May 14, 2011. Brian Wilcher wrote a nice memorial page for him Bill Kerylow Memorial.
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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November 2008
1970 Norton Commando 750ss
October 2008
1923 Harley Davidson WF
September 2008
1983 Moto Guzzi SP1000
August 2008
1968 Gilera 125
July 2008
1939 Indian Sport Scout
June 2008
1925 Harley Davidson JDL
May 2008
1969 Rickman
April 2008
1974 Honda CB-750
March 2008
1969 Rickman 750cc
February 2008
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January 2008
1947 Matchless 500cc G80L
December 2007
1961 Aermacchi C 250cc
November 2007
1972 Ducati Desmo 450 SS
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