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new guy with a few questions

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by John P., Oct 8, 2019.

  1. zefer

    zefer VIP MEMBER

    Mar 18, 2013
    sorry I do not think they are available any longer...try Doug's Nortons
  2. maylar

    maylar VIP MEMBER

    May 13, 2007
  3. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

    Dec 5, 2017
    The roadster model rack doesn't seem to attach to anything other than the hoop, so I guess that might be an issue for heavier loads. Still a nice setup with integrated gra b rail. I guess one could Fab up a support bar from zplate or shock tower if concerned. I run a Terrain Pannier soft bag from Iron & Resin on my modern bonneville. It attaches to frame rails via nylon web straps and quick release metal D rings. Have not tried fitting to the norton but might one day.

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  4. John P.

    John P. VIP MEMBER

    Sep 4, 2019

    And it’s too bad ‘cause there’d be some approach to follow--maybe even a beefier loop left behind. I guess they just left it to the aftermarket.

    I understand your rack attaches to welds under the seat but is it hung entirely off that, or does it also rest on the loop? toward the back. I can’t tell from your photo.
  5. maylar

    maylar VIP MEMBER

    May 13, 2007
    It touches the rear loop but gently with a rubber bumper. Attachment is via four 5/16" bolts. I'll try to get a photo of that.
  6. John P.

    John P. VIP MEMBER

    Sep 4, 2019

    Please do/ thanks.
    (and... I went to high school in East Hartford...)
    (Not a bad place, but I don't mind being 3000 miles away from it.)
  7. Eljahara

    Eljahara VIP MEMBER

    Jul 8, 2018
    Hi John
    Depends what you are looking to carry, if it is just something that would fit a rack, a number of guys on the Triumph Forum are using Nelson Rigg “motorcycle trunks” - unlike the Kriega etc. It stays on the seat like a small top box
    Anyway, no engineering needed, just straps to the seat in the pillion space,
    Have a look, discount if it is not what you need/want
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  8. napanorton

    napanorton VIP MEMBER

    Apr 19, 2009
    I always liked this design. I think I found these pics somewhere on this site, but really can't remember. Super simple, doesn't hurt the rear loop, easy on and off. Really very elegant. I guess you do loose the grab bar...

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  9. gortnipper

    gortnipper VIP MEMBER

    Nov 11, 2013
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  10. John P.

    John P. VIP MEMBER

    Sep 4, 2019
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  11. John P.

    John P. VIP MEMBER

    Sep 4, 2019
    Thanks to everyone for the ideas and photos, etc. All of it was helpful.

    So, here’s where I landed on this...


    The short of it is I fashioned the struts from an aluminum bar (cut/ drilled/ filed radiuses) then, using steel, made the tabs that bridge to the shock bolts (which I swapped for slightly longer ones). Then I made the "platform" for the grab rail for the rack to bolt up. The rack is a modified aluminum GI ALICE frame. I riveted a steel bar up front to bolt the struts to (and additional aluminum bars in the racks nest.)

    It’s strong.

    Between its leading edge and where it hits the grabrail I think it would take 40pds traveling, no problem.

    (I did the fender/ taillight work last month. A mash up of parts. BSA/ Yamaha R5/ OEM blinkers and a Japanese lens of unknown origin. I’m not sold on the white yet. I may repaint it black.)

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