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  1. #1
    BadAss Hooligan
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    "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    "Light of Day" at last...
    I picked up the forks (seals still haven't been replaced) and installed them, scrounged around and found my spare "bum stop' seat, and rolled it out for the first photos that give you a better idea of what the bike will look like.

    REMEMBER: It will have the Dreer "boat tail" seat/tail, painted Silver, Silver fiberglass sidecovers, Silver front fender, plus the headlight and probably peashooter mufflers; so these aren't totally representative of what the final package will look like, but they beat the one dim shot where the tires weren't mounted-



    By the time I flipped the bike around, the sun had gone behind the clouds...



    Oh, and it started on the first kick once I lowered it onto it's tires for the first time. 120 hours to this point, since 10/1/09.

    So, this is basically the preliminary "For Sale" advert-

    1974 Norton 850 Commando frame (powdercoated)

    1974 Norton 850 engine, polished primary, timing & tranny covers, rocker inspection caps

    .020 oversize pistons, mild performance camshaft (SS/2S/clone)

    RH10 head with tapered 32 to 30 mm intake manifolds, Amal 932 carbs

    Custom monoshock swingarm, Showa 3-way multi-adjustable shock absorber unit

    Suzuki TL1000 inverted forks, dual 13" full floating cast iron rotors with 6-pot Tokico calipers

    Mark III drilled & ground rear disc brake & sprocket / hub assembly, Nissin master cylinders front & rear

    Excel non-shouldered aluminum 18" rims, laced by Buchanan's with stainless spokes

    Avon AM 26 Roadrider 100/90-18 tires front & rear, Dreer VR880 front hub

    Lyta Sprint polished aluminum gas tank w/ monza cap, Dreer "Boat-tail" seat

    Suzuki TL1000 clip-ons, Magura clutch lever, home-made rearset footpegs

    Sparx electronic ignition, Tympanium solid state voltage regulator/rectifier

    Individually fused electrical circuits for ignition, headlight, tail light and horn

    Final specs yet to be determined...

    this is the seat that's at the painters-



    Complete build thread at- http://forums.delphiforums.com/oldbi...ages?msg=783.1
    Last edited by grandpaul; 03-15-2010 at 06:15 PM.
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  2. #2
    Cheap.... Fast.... or Right
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    That is so freakin cool.
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  3. #3
    The Hooligan's Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob 37 View Post
    That is so freakin cool.
    Awesome!

  4. #4
    Appalachian American
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    One question though: Why are you using Amals, instead of Mikuni VM's?
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  5. #5
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Quote Originally Posted by Todd 55 View Post
    One question though: Why are you using Amals, instead of Mikuni VM's?
    Becasue I had them on the shelf and they work great?

    I also have these, and will be modifying them and testing to see if they are a positive change-


    I'm trying not to incur any large single expenses like a new set of carbs, when I've got plenty to work with right off my shelves.

    I run Amals EXCLUSIVELY on my entire collection of over 30 classic & vintage brit bikes. Zero issues when properly sorted.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    The latest mock-up...



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    Thinking, So You Don't Have To
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    I like it, Paul, but when I get a Commando, someday, it'll be pretty much stock.

    Why the mono shock? Is that going to help or hurt the value do you think?
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  8. #8
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Very very cool, but the one thing that keeps bugging me (and the same is true of most Nortons, I think) is that the front looks a little high, or the back a little low. To my eye the top of the frame and the side covers should be parallel to the ground. But that's just me. Hey, I don't really have a right to complain since I can't do anything near what you've done with this bike.


    Travel kills ignorance.

  9. #9
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Tank and seat aren't permanently mounted yet, and suspension is not yet adjusted or set up as to the bike's attitude.

    Forks are off getting overhauled, and seat is at the upholsterer's.

    ...soon, and very soon...
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Here are the first decent shots of the substantially complete bike. It is now officially for sale...


    Just a few details to sort out, and a few more bits to install (custom brake hoses, speedo cable, tail light, air filters). Also need to source a front fender that looks "correct" for the overall look; at present I'm trying to find a TL1000 piece to see what it looks like on the bike. The seat is installed loosely, it actually sits right down on the rear frame loop when it's snugged up
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    Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    I saw this bike parked at the Texas Mile last week, looked around for the owner to say hello, but I guess you were busy running the event.
    I was riding the supercharged Aprilia RSV.
    A finish is a win! Moderation is the key! More wine! And never lend a faggot your hat!

  12. #12
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Yep, did I hand you a cup of water on the grid? Or maybe I handed you your time slip at the top end? That was also me at the front gate, opening the rider's meeting with a prayer, and delivering the "Bananitudes" sermon on Sunday morning. (besides dumping the last of my spare gas into a Ducati rider's nearly empty tank so he could get home Sunday afternoon in the bike parking area near my trailer)

    For sure I took a photo of your pipes, for a marketing idea I have. you run Akrapovic, correct?

    How'd you run?
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    Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Ha! I didn't know it was you.......
    We ran 176 on the supercharged RSV Friday, then on the sixth pass lost ring seal on the front hole before we figured out how to change our setup enough to make the bike "launchable" at the short end. With 184 BHP on a Factory Pro dyno (equal to ~240 on a Dynojet) and a stock sport bike chassis, wheelies were a slight problem.
    We "guess" 190 was in the cards without Friday's head wind, but that's a fish story isn't it......
    Anyway, a couple of phone calls back to the shop (AF1 Racing in New Braunfels) produced the showroom demo RSV4 so we could ride Saturday and Sunday. We got a few laughs in staging line when we showed guys the key tag with RSV4 demo stock #xxx on it.
    The RSV4 went 175 mph, totally stock.

    We'll be back, it was a ton of fun and you guys run a well organized event. Special thanks to Heather for doing a fine job in tech without the usual "Tech Czar" attitude.
    A finish is a win! Moderation is the key! More wine! And never lend a faggot your hat!

  14. #14
    BadAss
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Quote Originally Posted by grandpaul View Post
    ..........my spare "bum stop' seat....
    If you ever are looking for a new home for that seat, let me know. I've got a project that it'd look good on I belive.

  15. #15
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Quote Originally Posted by RK-REX View Post
    If you ever are looking for a new home for that seat, let me know. I've got a project that it'd look good on I belive.
    I've still got a '72 BMW R60/5 that it fits on, I'd really like to get it out and ride it some. After that, it'll be for sale (the seat).
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Dibs!!


  17. #17
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

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    BadAss
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    Re: "Plan B" 74 Norton monoshock 850 Commando

    Quote Originally Posted by grandpaul View Post
    Paul, your link doesn't work. Better check it again.

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    BadAss
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