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fitting new Falcon alloy rear shocks

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by SteveBorland, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. acotrel

    acotrel

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    Many old tyres return to giving grip after being used a bit. These days, the young guys are very tyre dependent, so rain becomes a leveller. I use Battlaxe tyres, and when I first got them, they meant nothing to me because I was riding so far within their safe limits. My riding style has been conditioned by pain. In the old days you only had to have the slightest change in mental state and you were down.
     
  2. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

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    Yes, Maxton’s are MUCH slimmer in that area.
     
  3. Dommie Nator

    Dommie Nator VIP MEMBER

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    Nigel, did you sell the Falcons?
     
  4. swooshdave

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    Chrome pipes on a race bike means you are more interested in show than go.
     
  5. Fast Eddie

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    Yessir.
     
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  6. acotrel

    acotrel

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    Might have been because chrome adds weight. But the later Gileras had chromed pipes. It's strange what you think is important when you are very young. I was only 14. The thing that struck me the most were my watering eyes when I was standing behind the dummy grid which was full of bikes with their motors running. Most had megaphones and they were burning methanol, probably too rich. The air was full of acid. That was in 1954. I didn't go to race meetings regularly until 1958, then I was always there. At the 1954 meeting, I remember Duke taking long sweeps right past the leaders and into the corners. Fisherman's Bend was pretty fast, but Duke made it look easy. My uncle's friend who rode a 7R, almost fell off in fright when Duke passed him at Bandiana race circuit. In those days, most race bikes weren't so fast, but speed in races is always relative.
     
  7. Dellis

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    I fitted a pair last year with no clearance issues and a standard chainguard as can be seen in the pic.

    Dave
     
  8. SteveBorland

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    Mmm, interesting that...
    I'm hoping to be able to get some time in the workshop this week - did not happen last week though, hence the lack of the promised photos.
     
  9. Dellis

    Dellis VIP MEMBER

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    Steve,

    Just found the update I wrote up after initial fitting

    "Fitted the Falcons today and the spring rate is bang on for my 15st - 110 lb/inch springs give me 4mm static sag and 19mm dynamic sag after adjustment, Robin recommends 25% dynamic sag which is 19mm of the 76mm travel. No issues with the standard chain guard they even clear with the adjusters right at the bottom of threads."

    Dave
     
  10. Onder

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    Looking for new shocks and noticed that Ikon seems to offer shocks that fit the Norton...take a look at the long length of the bottoms.
    Terribly pricey compared to a standard Ikon though.
    https://ikonshocks.co.uk/shop/7610-1653-sp9/
     

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