Misty Green: Fuller Moto’s Norton Commando
Published April 30, 2015
Here’s another screamer from the Georgia based Fuller Moto. This time, we’re looking at a beautifully restored and remodeled Norton Commando 750 that goes by the name of Misty Green. Bryan Fuller has a long history of building hot rods and motorcycles, and when he builds a machine, he builds ‘em properly. This Commando was once nothing more than a broken frame and a few boxes of parts, now look at it!
This project was specifically built for a fella who’d inherited the frame, engine and a few boxes of parts from his uncle; after seeing what Fuller Moto could do, he asked them for the café racer treatment – it was no mean feat but they pulled it off.
The frame was the first thing to get an overhaul; in fact, the original was busted beyond repair, so Fuller built a new cromoly frame from scratch, which is no mean feat. This oil carrying frame was built with lines running to the oil pump, with a small reserve tank hiding under the tail section.
While the frame was getting the full works, Fuller called in Beno Rodi, the go-to guy for all English bikes, for a full rebuild. Luckily, the Norton didn’t need to much in the way of work to get back into shape and only required a ring, hone, valve and port job. Rodi also took the time to rejuvenate the transmission, installing a new drive kit and clutch. The last thing that was needed was a decent set of mufflers for the exhaust, which come straight from Cone Engineering.
With the new frame in place, Fuller also looked at other ways of keeping the Norton’s weight down; in stock form, they’re not particularly heavy but when the bike only produces 58 hp, any weight loss is a bonus. Aside from the frame, Fuller Moto pulled out the original front forks and swapped them with the lighter and shorter CB550 arrangement. The specialist triple trees came from NYC Norton. On the rear, you’re looking at a pair of Fox shocks.
Dirtbike hubs replaced the originals and the swingarm was extended to house the new rear wheel set up. The brakes are Beringer but they’ve had a full re-spray job to match the bike’s new aesthetic.
With the Norton running like a dream, the real fun began: the bodywork. The fairing was designed to pay homage to the old TT racers but with a modern twist. It was hand beaten, rolled through the ol’ English wheel and hammered, and finally fitted with an adjusted Ducati windshield. The headlight took a few ‘trials and errors’ to get right, originally being fabricated from an English lantern…that eventually cracked from the stress of the parallel twin; other bulbs threatened to melt their way through everything so Fuller eventually opted for LEDs in the end.
Finally, the Commando was ready for paint; the team decided on a classic Norton Green finish, with pinstripes and a few graphics, provoking the name Misty Green. The leather work was all crafted by hand – take a look at the tail and tank, as well as the seat!
This build is a massive departure from the last Fuller Moto bike we featured; this is a perfect portfolio piece. Personally, I prefer the old Ducati Scrambler style but satisfying clients and satisfying yourself are two very different things!