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Hi rider question

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Bikes, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Bikes


    Nov 13, 2012
    Does anyone know the dimensions of the hi rider handlebars....pictures I have seen look like they vary quite a bit...most seem to be about a foot...tnx
  2. nortonmews


    Nov 20, 2015
  3. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

    Nov 20, 2004
  4. 1up3down


    Jan 12, 2011
    My first Commando was a 1971 yellow High Rider!
    I didn't know any better, did not know about how much better a lower handlebar motorcycle handled.
    Just thought it looked kind of cool, and it was the era of Easy Rider movie.
    I got in trouble trying to control it on a Wisconsin highway curve while banked over, sold it, bought Combat
  5. lardygitTVR


    Dec 3, 2011
    I have a Hi Rider question: In God's name why......?
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  6. NORTSTER1974


    Aug 17, 2015
    As far as dimensions go, you can check the links L.A.B provided. Also the following two. WASSEL https://www.rgmnorton.co.uk/buy/7-8...-1-2-high-hi-rider-type_2349.htm#!prettyPhoto . And EMGO bars https://choppahead.com/products/emgo-ape-handlebars-chrome-12
    The dimensions vary, obviously not OEM. 12"-12.5" rise, Pull Back 7.5", Width varies, I know mine are <36", 32"? so I can drive it into the Livingroom. I went with the EMGO on my 74. $35? All you have to change is the brake hose and clutch cable, the wiring from the handlebar switches is long enough to get you back under the tank. The bike in my avatar has the EMGO bars installed.
  7. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

    Dec 5, 2017
    Here's how my '74 850 bike came back in Jan....in all its hideousness:

  8. 84ok


    Aug 10, 2014
    dunno why anyone gets twisted by the high rider, other than the seat, which is an easy change if inclined,

    bars, seat & tank (all easy swaps) = low cost easy peasy model alternative, when easy rider was yuuuuge

    & i bet the original models out there that can be authenticated, will eventually fetch the biggest dough, commando wise, by far
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  9. Peter R

    Peter R

    Dec 13, 2010
    The Hi-rider looked stupid in the 1970's and still looks stupid today, some things never change.
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  10. Onder


    May 11, 2010
    Looking at it is like passing a bad auto accident...horrifying but you just have to look.
    Id like one just to roll up to your mates house and shock all those present!
    Agree that a dead stock one will be a collector's item.
  11. kommando


    May 7, 2005
    There is justification for the continued existence of 1 Hi Rider as an example of what a Norton should never look like, but no more ;)
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  12. Eljahara

    Eljahara VIP MEMBER

    Jul 8, 2018
    Here is a proper 70’s chopper!
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  13. nortonmews


    Nov 20, 2015
    Looks better engineered than most;)
  14. NortonMKIIA850


    Jul 20, 2017
    OMG what a brilliant waste of time and money! A shame that a moped engine with a magneto wasn't used, so it wouldn't have needed a battery, but otherwise I love it. :D
  15. Northton


    Oct 18, 2014
    Wow! Flashback to when I was about 11 and got one of these for my birthday! A lime green Fastback xt101, 3 speeds and a slick back tire. Thanks for posting.
  16. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    I remember seeing one of these fitted with an engine in about 1980
    We were all at the tea hut at high beech Epping
    This bloke came along on one with a full face crash helmet on!!
    (None of us wore full face at that time)
    We fell about laughing, it had lights and a number plate
    So must have been road legal I suppose ?
  17. JimC


    Oct 12, 2007
    (None of us wore full face at that time)

    Takes time for some to catch on. The guys with the facial reconstruction surgery can tell you all about that.
  18. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    Have you never been young and irisponsible Jim ?
  19. Torontonian


    Dec 28, 2009
    I've been to many Norton rallies and shows yet have never ever seen one. So a real original would have to be rare yet somewhat undesirable , except to the show crowd.
  20. 84ok


    Aug 10, 2014
    bolt on tank/seat/bars can do wonders & are beyond easy

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