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Aftermarket head steadys

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by richmont, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. lazyeye6

    lazyeye6 VIP MEMBER

    Feb 28, 2014
    Agreed, little. But those times you do want to accelerate through a tighter curve with exaggerated lean the handling is sharper. Less wallow.
    There are many ways to improve an OEM Commando and spend a lot of money in the process. The head steady wouldn’t be at the top of my list after I have done most of the upgrades. That said, for the racing crowd, it would be a “must do”.
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  2. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    My bike vibrates a little more than stock with an extra iso under the gearbox
    And a norvil style head steady
    But the price of the extra vibration is well worth paying for me,just to attain the handling my bike has
    I get a tingle through the handle bars (clipons) and through the rearsets but they are aluminium so will never be as smooth as foot pegs with rubber
  3. ntst8

    ntst8 VIP MEMBER

    Feb 14, 2004
    It's the sort of mod which you likely won't miss if you don't do it, but once installed you wouldn't go back.
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  4. kerinorton


    Feb 12, 2013
    [ But,... by using only 2 screws into the head, you're only using 2 points of contact which can define a weakness to resisting rotation along the line that defines those 2 contact points. Had you made the base plate to include the third non linear contact point already existing in the head, then the base plate attached to the head would be less susceptible to perpendicular force along the line of the 2 head bolts that you currently have in use. ]

    That's theoretical bullshit.

    I dont have a problem with my version of Ludwig's design. IT ONLY USES TWO OF THE BOLTS AS WELL. Who knows. Maybe that's why Ludwig didn't respond.
  5. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

    Jan 15, 2008
    A GOOD disc, yes...
  6. SteveBorland


    Nov 15, 2010
  7. SteveBorland


    Nov 15, 2010
    Hmm, why not just use one bolt then :)
    Seriously though, if you are going to do all the work to make your own headsteady, why not use all 3 bolts? It gives a more stable mounting and I dont see any disadvantages.

    Each to their own though. If it was me who has one of these,then I doubt that I would remake it to use 3 bolts before I had to.
  8. acadian

    acadian VIP MEMBER

    Mar 5, 2010
    He's using the third threaded hole for a spring support, I assume this is in place of the standard spring mount which would obviously isn't compatible with his design
  9. o0norton0o

    o0norton0o VIP MEMBER

    Apr 27, 2015
    Having read quite a few of Ludwig's previous posts, I know he's a very inventive guy. I thought he might answer my observation, but knowing how inventive he is, I assume his design works well enough with 2 bolts or he would have changed it's design.... I supose some people see my comment as a "put down" of his design rather than me wondering why he didn't use the 3 holes that are already there.
  10. swooshdave


    Apr 15, 2009
    Because the extra weight from the added material to reach the third hole was unacceptable.
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  11. acotrel


    Jun 30, 2012
    I would not be happy with a motorcycle where the type of head steady affects the handling. I would be into some serious re-engineering.
  12. swooshdave


    Apr 15, 2009
    That makes no sense at all.
  13. ludwig


    Aug 30, 2006
    Steve , did it ever occur to you that with a DT head steady , the load is taken up by only one bolt ?
    Actually 2 x a single bolt :


    No matter with how many bolts that massive anchor plate is fixed ,
    It comes down to the individual shear strength of those M8 bolts .
    If one of them fails ..
    Yet many use this type of HS without the slightest worry , and rightly so .
    ( but that clamp is an insult . Jim Comstock's HS , sold by CNW is a superior design ) .
    So yes , one bolt would be enough , but then the correct position of the HS would no longer be asured .
    Note that I do not use allongated holes for 'adjustment' , like the original HS .

    If you do want to look for a 'weak ' point in my HS , it would be the nut that holds the top end together .
    But it is tightened firmly against the end plates and the separating spacer .
    An 8.8 grade M8 bolt and nut can easily take the weight of the entire bike ..
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
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  14. kerinorton


    Feb 12, 2013
    I used the 2 bolt method on my 850, but when i did the mod on my 750, I cut the original had steady, and welded the support bracket to that. So the 750 uses the 3 bolts. I hooked the spring under the edge of the original bracket and that worked. The later bracket is not so suitable for this mod. The 850 has done many miles around NZ with this mod.

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