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Commando Wheels

Postby redFireNorton » Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:32 pm

Does anyone have leads for putting MAG wheels on a commando?? I know they haven't been made for many years. but surely someone has done this. If anyone has pictures of commandos with MAGs on please send them my way. I'm looking for alternative to spokes.

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby lcrken » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:51 pm

If you mean real mags, i.e. magnesium, not aluminum, this is a set of EPM wheels I fitted to my PR back in the day. If you're talking about cast aluminum wheels, see the recent thread on fitting them.

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby illf8ed » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:07 pm

No pictures, but some of our local members have used Lester alloy wheels on Commandos.
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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby illf8ed » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:15 pm

Just found the photo....see the Commando on the far left with Lester wheels.

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby Rohan » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:51 pm

Pic of what are said to be Peter Williams type mags - currently on a featherbed Commando on UK ebay.

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby redFireNorton » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:50 pm

Thanks for replying.

Don't MAGs need to be machined to fit a Commando?? if so Does anyone or a shop still do it??

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby Tim_S » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:29 pm

If you have the machining skills there are a lot of Jap bikes with mag wheels you can adapt to a norton. In fact the whole front end can be swapped out and you could have dual disc. The sky is the limit.........


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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby Matt Spencer » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:51 pm

There was a " Norton 78 " ressurection attempt . Single SU carb , Mags and Italian forks .
The Ducati Bevel type front end. Said to fit , though a series of the Ducati mags cracked.

Finding some old Morris ? Lester Mags might do the trick . They were standard on one of the left foot Bonnevilles .1979 .
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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby L.A.B. » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:03 pm

Matt Spencer wrote:There was a " Norton 78 " ressurection attempt . Single SU carb , Mags and Italian forks .


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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby gtsun » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:48 am

I don't really know but isn't it dangerous to use "old" magniesum wheels due to the metal aging and cracking??

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby lcrken » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:08 am

gtsun wrote:I don't really know but isn't it dangerous to use "old" magniesum wheels due to the metal aging and cracking??


Agreed, one should be very careful in using period magnesium wheels. Back when I put the EPM mags on my Norton, they weren't "old". If I were to use period magnesium wheels now, I'd have them crack tested first, and maybe x-ray tested. I wouldn't worry much about the cast aluminum wheels that are commonly referred to nowdays as mags. They are considerably stronger than, and not nearly as susceptible to corrosion and stress cracks as magnesium wheels. I'd still inspect them pretty carefully for evidence of curb impacts and such. They are also way more suited to street use than magnesium race wheels.

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Re: Commando Wheels

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby lynxnsu » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:40 am

redFireNorton wrote:Thanks for replying.

Don't MAGs need to be machined to fit a Commando?? if so Does anyone or a shop still do it??


i know of a set for sale over here in belgium , do not know the make but yhey look similar
i fitted similar forks /wheels as the 76 'works' bike , came off a parrallel twin Duke but modified a bit
if intressed pm me
ps i do go over to GB often , where are you?
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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby fredful » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:12 am

norton with yamaha wheels and forks

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Re: Commando Wheels

Postby lcrken » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:39 pm

Small world. Not a Commando, but I fitted Yamaha SRX6 wheels to my wideline with Commando engine for Bonneville

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I fit them so I could run higher speed Z rated radial tires. I later converted the bike back to it's original AHRMA vintage race configuration with wire wheels.

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