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74 roadster - skid plate - ??? - another noob question

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by joe czech, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. joe czech

    joe czech

    Feb 21, 2019
    i'm seeing in the parts manual a skid plate (w/ mounting brackets/hardware). if, if, if my 74 roadster had one, it's MIA. there are signs of something mounting to the frame in that area of the frame. question - do all commando 850's have a skid plate, is it model specific, or what? TIA...
  2. Ron L


    Feb 27, 2004
    Skid plates were only mounted on the 1971 Commando SS model from the factory, but were listed as available in the parts books. They make it a P.I.T.A. to change oil.
  3. Rosey


    Aug 6, 2011
    I have a "skid plate" fitted to my 850 and it certainly does not make oil changing difficult.The original part fitted the SS was steel and very heavy.I made a mould, copied it in fibreglass with black gelcoat,nice and light.it is held on with 2 grab rail mounting clips and a tab on the cross bar are per original.I fitted mainly to keep the road grime and stones off the front off the motor and protect the front iso mount. Works for me.Brett
  4. joe czech

    joe czech

    Feb 21, 2019
    thanks for the reply. here's a pic of my front lower frame cross member. definitely shows 16K miles worth of road rash. :D

  5. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

    Nov 20, 2004
    I can't see any of your photos so I expect others can't either.
  6. PeterJoe


    Dec 8, 2011
    To protect the lower frame you could also install a mud flap to the front fender. Mud flaps were standard on the 1974 Interstate models and the Mark IIA Roadster.

    Peter Joe
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  7. blaisestation


    Apr 10, 2008
    i have no experience with skid plates on a commando,but after riding "er indoors" xt 500 in town (Berlin) with an oil temp gauge fitted,the skid plate was removed quick smart .

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