There are three ways we can help you to register a historic vehicle with the DVLA.
As well as having a radical new frame, the Commando's engine (which was mounted vertically in earlier models) was tilted forward.
This was relatively easy as the engine was "pre-unit", that is, the gearbox was not integral with the crankcase, and the change gave three benefits: (i) the centre of gravity was moved further forward; (ii) this allowed more space behind the carburettors for the airbox; and (iii) it gave an attractive raked appearance to the motorcycle.
Named the Isolastic anti-vibration system, the system's patent document listed Hooper as the lead inventor.
Although the Isolastic system did reduce vibration, maintaining the required free play in the engine mountings at the correct level was crucial to its success.
The document must confirm the make, date of registration/year of manufacturer and the frame number.
You need to follow the DVLA instructions to register a new vehicle.
If it is not listed here, we can probably source it or make it.
The dating officer of the VMCC, in conjunction with researchers, machine examiners and expert knowledge of other specialists, will conduct a search based on the information provided by the applicant to establish the date of manufacture of a vehicle.
Initially having a nominal 750 cc displacement, actually 745 cc (45.5 cu in), in 1973 it became an 850 cc, actually 828 cc (50.5 cu in).
It had a hemi-type head, similar to all OHV Norton engines since the early 1920s.
Go to the DVLA website for more information uk/vehicle-registration/new-registrations If the manufacturer still exists you must apply to the manufacturer for a dating letter first, if they can’t help then apply to an owners club.