Obtaining owned the similar Norton Commando for about 30 years and possessing owned lots of other people more than the years and possessing modified lots of of them. I really feel that I have a thing to provide all Commando owners in the way of tips on modifications. I have gained a lot of practical experience more than the years and even spent various years developing, repairing and restoring motorcycles of all sorts. I nevertheless never look at myself an professional although as I think there is often far more to find out and other people may perhaps have distinct experiences to myself with the similar point.
So a list of the most beneficial mods but not in any unique order and this is only my opinion, I am confident some will disagree.
1. Front brake, I use a grimeca caliper on a floating disc but lots of other alternatives are accessible and something is superior than the common. I do like the appear of the original although and choose it to most of the mods I have noticed. I did handle to boost the original front brake by fitting stainless pistons, braided hose, a distinct lever and lastly a distinct master cylinder. You do now have the alternative (at least in the UK) of possessing the original master cyl. sleeved and a smaller sized piston fitted which I have an understanding of aids. It appears that Norton got the ratio of master cyl. piston to caliper piston incorrect from the get started.
2. 18″ WM3 rear wheel rim, primarily for the decision of tyres which is extremely restricted with the original 19″. It does have a tendency to stick to the lines in the road a bit far more than common in particular when the tyre is having towards the finish of it really is life. I nevertheless handle to hold up with most modern day machines on the twisty bits, but maybe that is just the way I ride (typically quickly).
3. Swinging arm, the later 850's have cotter pins fitted to quit the pin moving sideways and wearing out itself and the bushes. I fitted my personal years ago by welding nuts on the back with pinch bots and the bushes and pin lasted for lots of years. Place OIL IN IT do not use grease this will ruin the oil lite bushes in no time, I employed to use an ep140 further heavy gear oil which helped hold it in. Final time I had it apart I decided to make my personal mod. and have now fitted needle roller bearings that run in grease.
4. Front Forks, to hold the front finish tight and boost the damping I have fitted a damping kit and strengthened the front mudguard remain to boost stability. there are damping kits and fork braces accessible nevertheless from suppliers. I also fitted a steering damper a couple of years back but have now removed it and identified tiny distinction. I have higher wide bars ( export bonnie sort) and come across there is a lot of leverage to hold items pointing exactly where you want to go.
5. Isolastics, a straightforward a single this just match the later MKIII adjustable sort and no far more shimming expected.
6. Head steady, I have the original fitted at the moment but I am going to make myself a single with bearings in it extremely quickly. These sort are accessible from your neighborhood friendly Norton dealer!! effectively some of them anyway. Or you may perhaps go for the Norvil sort head steady of match the MKIII sort with the springs. This ought to assist with higher speed stability.
7. Shocks, I have employed Koni adjustable shocks for lots of years and in reality the similar pair have been on my 750cc for 25 years + with no indicators of leaking and set on the lowest damping setting the are nevertheless firm. (Girlings suck)
So there you are, a couple of modifications that I personally have identified improve my riding practical experience, I would be extremely interested to hear your personal views on something Norton. You can come across me by means of my weblog internet site.