Fuel Cleveland Builder Series Profile:
Name: Austin Andrella
Shop: Austin Martin Originals
Location: Akron, OH
Build: 1975 Norton Commando 850 MKIII
12.13.17 - Intro
Austin Andrella is no rookie to the builder world, showcasing all over the nation and winning countless awards for his beautiful creations. He is quickly becoming a house hold name in the industry as one of the top builders in the nation. His ability to look outside the box with excellent craftsmanship that gives off not only form but function separates his builds from most others. Though his name is getting bigger he still builds right out of his own garage located behind his house in Akron, Ohio. The biggest part that blows all of us away is how he manages his time. How can one build such beautiful bikes all while holding a demanding full time job (traveling all the time) and also being a wonderful husband and father to not 1 but 3 girls!? Austin is just an amazing human being with tons of talent and a heart of gold.
Austin told us he was trying to build something different over the winter, a Norton Commando 850. He asked if we wanted to unveil it at Fuel Cleveland, with no hesitation we said hell yeah! If it's anything like his other builds, it will be something crazy but filled with style and an instant classic.
Words from Austin:
Austin at Fuel Cleveland 2017 showing off his multiple award winning 1976 Yamaha XS650.
Words from Austin:
My name is Austin Andrella owner of Austin Martin Originals just south of Akron Ohio. I've been building motorcycle since 2003. I'm excited to be back for a third time to Fuel Cleveland. I feel this is one of my all time favorite shows and and not just because its local. There's a real sense of community to hear in Ohio when it comes to motorcycles not to mention Lowbrow Customs always seems to take care of me and a is very supportive of the backyard shops.
This year I will be building a 1975 Norton Commando Mark III. Here are some of the ideas I have planned. The Frame will be equipped with a S4 Ducati single-sided swing arm, Kenio Wheels, modern girder front end. We plan on re-phasing the motor to 270 degrees, bumping it up to a 902 CC. The motor will also be completely Vapor honed like brand new. I'm either going to make split tanks one side gas, one side oil or make the oil tank the tail section; I haven't decided yet. I'm putting an arched back bone and single down tube to make up the frame so I need to figure out where to put the oil tank instead of under the seat because the shock for the swing arm will be there. I also plan on doing a hand clutch/jockey shift combined setup on the left side of the tank. I drew up the mounts to merge the Ducati swing arm on to the frame which will also be equipped with a jackshaft because swing arm too wide for the actual frame, so this oughta be fun. Thanks again to Mikey Arnold, Tyler & Kyle Malinky, Jesse Bassett and everyone at Lowbrow Customs for the opportunity to be a part of this kick-ass show, I'll keep you posted!
Make sure to follow along with Austin and his every move with this build via his Instagram page @austinmartinoriginals. We will also post updates throughout the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of crazy '75 Norton at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!