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Norvil Rearsets

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by swooshdave, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. swooshdave

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    So people just don't like these but I've gotten use to them. If you have a set for a Commando (pre-MkIII) you want to get rid of let me know. Thanks!
     
  2. dguzzi

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    I have that! Never used...let me get it together to make sure its all there. I'll send a picture.
    Not sure of the value with shipping... workin on it right now.
     
  3. swooshdave

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    Brand new is $300 before shipping from U.K. My zip is 97224.
     
  4. dguzzi

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    Can't get the picture to load. I can email it. How does 160.00 sound including shipping? (unless you need it fast)
     
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  5. swooshdave

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  6. swooshdave

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    Ok, I'm going to back out for now.

    A couple reasons, these are going onto the Interstate and I'd have to change out the exhaust (or make some custom brackets). Not ready to do that yet. And secondly I like the linkage (although many people do not).

    I do not know who made the set that @dguzzi has, they are not Norvil (Les) items.


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    Here is the set from Norvil (without the linkage) https://www.norvilmotorcycle.co.uk/069502.htm and these are currently £155 ($194). But he does have the exhaust brackets which are extra (£69 in stainless steel from Norvil). I don't think @dguzzi brackets are SS.


    What I am hoping for is this set that goes on the stock Z-plate and doesn't require any changes to the exhaust. Linkage sets from Norvil in either Proddy or stock Z plate config are $290. I'm sure shipping will be painful but I may just have to pull the trigger.

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  7. gortnipper

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    Ask Ella at Old Britts. They dont have any listed, but deal in Norvil stuff. I miss them from living in Seattle most of my life with my 2x C'dos.
     
  8. swooshdave

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    http://www.oldbritts.com/ob_norv.html

    They got their stuff from Mick Hemmings which may be where the stuff that @jguzzi has came from.
     
  9. dguzzi

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    Well ok then. Not trying to mislead anyone, I bought them long ago and it would take some time to chase down where I got them.
     
  10. swooshdave

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    I never said you misled anyone. It was a nice gesture!

    I was just trying to do the forensics on what you have. They are very nice and unfortunately not quite what I was looking for. My bad.

    But hopefully someone else is looking for more authentic Proddy rearsets!
     
  11. swooshdave

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    [​IMG]

    I have some work ahead of me. :D
     
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  12. kommando

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    That is a good thing IMHO.
     
  13. Fast Eddie

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    How the hell does he get away with those labels “Genuine Norton spare parts” ??

    Not only does he have zero claim to the name, those parts are / were never genuine Norton parts.

    Taking the piss in plain sight... And no one does anything...
     
  14. kommando

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    The problem is he may have some dubious claim as he did get a contract of unknown form from a previous incarnation of Norton, the one that went bust with the directors being sanctioned in some way.
     
  15. swooshdave

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    So I attempted to install the rearsets last night. For a set designed to go on the stock Z plates it wasn’t until I had opened up the mounting holes on the rearset plate that I found out they don’t work with the existing studs and you have to use bolts. That they don’t include. Luckily I have spare hardware but I had spent so much time fettling so it would fit over the stock studs I couldn’t finish the job. I’m dismayed they couldn’t include the three extra bolts. Heck, even thrown in a note saying “kit doesn’t include”. Despite that the quality of the parts are VERY nice. I’ll have to go at it again today.
     
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  16. jan nelder

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    the leverage on gearchange is unusual: much more on the foot lever than gearbox.
     
  17. Fast Eddie

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    Done in order to reduce pedal movement, which will still be a lot by modern standards.
     
  18. swooshdave

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    @L.A.B. Any chance you could move this to the Classic forum?
     
  19. L.A.B.

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    = Moved.
     
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  20. swooshdave

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    So this side was a pain. I had to supply the three bolts to hold the plate on. You have to use a low profile head (hex or buttonhead) to clear the shifter. 5/16x24 The holes in the plate all had to be opened up slightly to allow the bolts to pass through.

    The rod from the shifter to the transmission is straight and assumes the shifter and tranny are on the exact same plane. They aren't, of course. There's some tension on the shift rod to allow it to fit. I'm going to bend the rod at some point. My other bike has a different rod that has a bend when gives you some room to adjust.

    The picture on the Norvil site shows the older design with the bent rod.

    I have the feeling these items are made somewhere that they have very high tolerances. Way higher than these old bike every had. The quality is very nice, very nicely made.


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    Here I was able to reuse two of the existing studs (they'll get replaced later). Of course you are suppose to use the JPN/Production Racer rear brake cable but for now I just re-used the stock cable but you can't use the brake switch. I don't use the rear brake so I should be ok for a little while. You can see the unused brake wires that have been tucked away.

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    Again the quality is really high. Much better than most sets I've ever seen. The knurling is much deeper than the other set of Norvil/Fair Spares rear sets I have on the 750. But those are also much older. The knurling on the newer set is pretty deep. It's like a round file so you have to be careful around them. It could remove some skin without problem. Or worse.

    Test ride and further review to come. Just sitting on the bike it's tremendously better. My feet are now below my hips. I expect it to be much more comfortable to ride.
     
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