- Jan 31, 2010
Have you tried it with other grips?
The Norton brake is no worse than any other disc of that era in my experience. If you know of anyone who has a Honda CB750 with standard brakes ask them, or better still ask to ride it.
I suspect you are right. I had a 71 Commando back in the day (drum front brake) and, frankly at the time, I had no complaints at all about the brakes; they were certainly as good or better than Hondas and Kawasakis I also road back then. IOW, at the time, they were good brakes. I never had a disc-brake Commando back in the day but reports indicated they were better than the drums so, again, at the time they were probably at least average as moto disc brakes went.
Sure, by today's standards the original brakes suck but the only issue as far as improving them to modern capability is mostly based on whether you want to retain some/all/none of the original appearance.
Heck, as far as that goes, there is nothing a Norton Commando has that doesn't suck compared to the current standards/expectations for a motorcycle...other than its appearance!