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Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by seattle##gs, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. seattle##gs


    Oct 28, 2014
    Is there a difference between roadster side covers between 750 and 850? I have a pair that wont fit either side.
  2. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

    Nov 20, 2004
    Not necessarily between 750 and 850 Roadsters but there are differences.

    1970 Roadster with central oil tank (also 'S' type) are a different shape compared to '71-on and also have the ignition switch hole in the 'fixed' LH panel. RH is the removable panel for battery access etc with Dzus fastener bracket at the front.

    1971-on RH is the 'fixed' panel and should fit 71-75 Roadsters with the RH 'side oil tank'.

    71-73 750 and 73-74 850 Mk1 & Mk2 - removable LH panel with tool tray, Dzus bracket at the front, two locating holes at the rear.

    850 Mk1A and Mk2A - LH panel with Dzus fastener at lower rear, airbox bracket pin location hole in top and no tool tray.

    850 Mk3 - LH panel with lower Z plate retaining lug and rubber buffer (same as oil tank panel), pin location hole at upper rear and Dzus fastener hole in top Edit: and no tool tray.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019


    Jan 10, 2012
    There is also the remote possibility that the "Roadster" began life as an Interstate, which throws a whole nother set of possibilities. There were dealers in the USA that could not sell the Interstates that Mother Norton forced them to take. They would change out the tanks and pipes and they would sell, but had different sidecovers.

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