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new guy with a few questions

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by John P., Oct 8, 2019.

  1. zefer

    zefer VIP MEMBER

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    sorry I do not think they are available any longer...try Doug's Nortons
     
  2. maylar

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  3. Tornado

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    The roadster model rack doesn't seem to attach to anything other than the hoop, so I guess that might be an issue for heavier loads. Still a nice setup with integrated gra b rail. I guess one could Fab up a support bar from zplate or shock tower if concerned. I run a Terrain Pannier soft bag from Iron & Resin on my modern bonneville. It attaches to frame rails via nylon web straps and quick release metal D rings. Have not tried fitting to the norton but might one day.

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  4. John P.

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    And it’s too bad ‘cause there’d be some approach to follow--maybe even a beefier loop left behind. I guess they just left it to the aftermarket.

    I understand your rack attaches to welds under the seat but is it hung entirely off that, or does it also rest on the loop? toward the back. I can’t tell from your photo.
     
  5. maylar

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    It touches the rear loop but gently with a rubber bumper. Attachment is via four 5/16" bolts. I'll try to get a photo of that.
     
  6. John P.

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    Please do/ thanks.
    (and... I went to high school in East Hartford...)
    (Not a bad place, but I don't mind being 3000 miles away from it.)
     
  7. Eljahara

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    Hi John
    Depends what you are looking to carry, if it is just something that would fit a rack, a number of guys on the Triumph Forum are using Nelson Rigg “motorcycle trunks” - unlike the Kriega etc. It stays on the seat like a small top box
    Anyway, no engineering needed, just straps to the seat in the pillion space,
    https://www.nelsonrigg.com/motorcycle-luggage/new-tail-bags/commuter_lite-detail
    Have a look, discount if it is not what you need/want
    John
     
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  8. napanorton

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    I always liked this design. I think I found these pics somewhere on this site, but really can't remember. Super simple, doesn't hurt the rear loop, easy on and off. Really very elegant. I guess you do loose the grab bar...

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  11. John P.

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    Thanks to everyone for the ideas and photos, etc. All of it was helpful.

    So, here’s where I landed on this...

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    The short of it is I fashioned the struts from an aluminum bar (cut/ drilled/ filed radiuses) then, using steel, made the tabs that bridge to the shock bolts (which I swapped for slightly longer ones). Then I made the "platform" for the grab rail for the rack to bolt up. The rack is a modified aluminum GI ALICE frame. I riveted a steel bar up front to bolt the struts to (and additional aluminum bars in the racks nest.)

    It’s strong.

    Between its leading edge and where it hits the grabrail I think it would take 40pds traveling, no problem.

    (I did the fender/ taillight work last month. A mash up of parts. BSA/ Yamaha R5/ OEM blinkers and a Japanese lens of unknown origin. I’m not sold on the white yet. I may repaint it black.)
     

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