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July 4, 2019

Norton Commando Wiring Diagram

by Grant Tiller
Grant Tiller

I have often used the color wiring diagram from Bill Turnbull – i find it much easier to read than the diagrams in the factory manual because it is color-coded rather than black and white.

Plus, Bill’s rendition is a faithful reproduction of the factory drawing, less the additional wiring found on the Interpol, which makes it simpler still.

You can find Bill’s website with his original diagram right here.


I often help people with their motorcycle wiring issues – both in ‘real life’ as well as on the Facebook groups and various forums.

I’m pretty good at wiring, and fault finding so am not scared to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in.

They say a picture paints of thousand words, so I often refer to pics when I’m trying to help someone, and Bill’s circuit diagram has proved really helpful on numerous occasions.

Over the next few days, I will be posting diagrams that have been modified to accommodate common upgrades – in particular electronic ignition and modern regulator/rectifier units.

In order to make it easy for me to overlay Bill’s superb diagram with different components, I have made a few small updates.

The wiring in these pics is as per the original, just reordered slightly, and made even easier to follow and with a few edits:

L.A.B from the Access Norton forum pointed out some inaccuracies of the factory diagram, so these have been changed:

  1. indicator switch wires (GR and GW) should be routed back to the main connector block
  2. there was no color shown for the points wires – these should be BW and BY
  3. the wire from the ballast resistor and linking the two coils should be WP
  4. the pin numbering on the master switch was wrong – with think this was an error in Bill’s diagram.

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Hopefully these will help someone – don’t be scared of electrics.

The trick is to not be overwhelmed, print out the diagram, and follow each line. There is no hurry, take your time.

And if you get stuck, reach out – there are lot’s of people willing to help!

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