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Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by alan hodge, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. alan hodge

    alan hodge VIP MEMBER

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    well..after 14 months of blood sweat tears cussin' and thousands o dollars I started my bare frame up 72/73 commando project for the first time about 30 mins. ago..started second kick!...no smoke except for brief wisp out of left hand muffler no funny sounds...just solid throaty tone.. took it up street..wow! what torque the 850 has compared to my 650 triumph and bsa...will chip in some $ and put up before during and after pics this week.....thanks for everyone's input ...
     
  2. gtiller

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    @alan hodge we don’t believe you, unless you post pics!
     
  3. Craig

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    Good on you Alan ... it is a lot of work, time and money , but well worth the effort ... I have seen some progress photos earlier ... bet I will notice some changes ...
    Craig
     
  4. sportsroof

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    Good job, nothing like that feeling of the first time after resurrecting a dead 'un!
    Cheers, Martin
     
  5. alan hodge

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    how I post pics?
     
  6. alan hodge

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    OK I just paid my VIP dues can I post pics right away?
     
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    well I hope you get the idea...…...everything on this bike is new or rebuilt, painted, polished, plated, upgraded, etc to be as close to new as possible....questions? now to deal with NC DMV to get title ...this is the last bike I am going to build...thinking of returning to writing poetry and drinking wine...…..oh, the 'after' pics don't show bike with 32mm mikuni...started with bare frame june 2017
     
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  13. franko

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    Hi Alan: She sure looks nice. About the polishing, especially the primary cover.
    With the jam nuts of the foot pegs on the inside of the foot peg holders, they are very close to the primary cover.
    A light bump to the peg or tip to the side can cause the nut and excess of the peg to gouge the cover.
    When the nut or a half/jam nut is moved to the outside of the foot peg holder, peg screwed in to desired position and the nut tightened against the footrest holder. This will allow the excess foot peg to be cut off flush with the inside of the foot peg holder, gaining a half inch or better of clearance to
    the primary cover.
     
  14. alan hodge

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    thanks will re-arrange my nuts this week...oh, have I earned the right to wear a Norton t shirt now?
     
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  15. jaydee75

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    Definitely get a Norton shirt and hat. It's amazing how many comments I get from "older men" as I wear mine in daily use.
    Your project looks great, good job. I'm in SC if you need anything.
    Jaydee
     
  16. gtiller

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    Oh yes, I like that - great job!

    Brave color choice, but it works really really well, the shiny bits pop even more against the satin black!
     
  17. alan hodge

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    jaydee where is you in SC?
     
  18. Mark R1200S

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    Fine job. Really like the setting. I rode through the Carolinas on a K1200RS back in '98, on my way cross-country back to SF here in California.

    I have one observation and being new here I hesitate to bring it up. But here goes: with respect, the photos might be misleading but it looks like the rear frame loop is drooped. We used to see this back in the day when Commandos were our daily-runners, encountered after riding passengers a lot, or more often from the prolonged use of saddlebags and/or sleep bag roll. We used to resort to heating the forward part of the loop and reacquiring the angle, to correct. (Saw this a fair amount on Interstates.) Bolt-on supports were offered during the period as aftermarket preventive/solution.

    It's no big deal and I don't think it's a detraction. The fender just sits a bit lower than factory. Only a geezer like myself would notice. For reference, see 750 frame below:

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  19. franko

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    My favorite T shirt said, "Norton Motorcycles, Making excellent mechanics out of ordinary men."
     
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  20. jaydee75

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    Alan, I live near Clemson Univ. Little town called Six Mile.
    Jaydee
     

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