Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by John P., Oct 8, 2019 at 2:07 AM.
sorry I do not think they are available any longer...try Doug's Nortons
Classic Bike Racks -
It always bothered me that Norton had an Interstate touring model but they never offered any luggage racks or panniers for it.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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,
Have a look, discount if it is not what you need/want
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...
I use these panniers which are available new and fit very well with a very small modification.
The how to is here - https://www.accessnorton.com/NortonCommando/ride-report-nylon-panniers.27257/
Yeah, this ones great. Not obtrusive. Looks well thought out.
Thanks to everyone for the ideas and photos, etc. All of it was helpful.
So, here’s where I landed on this...
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.)
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.)