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Old 07-22-2004, 12:35 PM
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Norton hardtail

I recently bought the front half of an early 70s Norton Commando frame. (I have a Commando engine I plan on installing.) When I bought the frame, I figured there were both weld-on and bolt-on hardtails, like for Trumpets and Bees-ahs. However, after checking around, I haven't found any such things yet.

So, does anyone know where I can get a hardtail for a 70s Norton Commando frame? Or, does anyone know if one of the Trumpet hardtails can be welded onto the Norton frame, look good, and still have the chain line up correctly?
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Here ya go Dr. BOB.

http://www.britcycle.com/Products/customsection.htm

Keep in mind that a little bit of googling can save you the trouble of asking (and me the trouble of answering) I found the link on the First page under the search query "Norton Commando Hardtail"
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Centrevillemx,

Thanks for your reply. I did google "Norton Commando hardtail" before posting my query. Even visited this site. Somehow missed this page. Will take a look and hope it works.

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Centrevillemx,

Have looked at these Trumpet hardtails several times. When I first asked the British Cycle people if they had a hardtail for Norton Commandos, they said no. Then, when I asked them if any of these would fit, theyn said that "anything with a enough work can be made to fit." My remaining questions are, "How easily?" andm "Which one?" Will any of these fit?
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"Little bit of Googling" , I am laughing my ass off, never heard it put that way but so true.
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Centrevillemx,

Have looked at these Trumpet hardtails several times. When I first asked the British Cycle people if they had a hardtail for Norton Commandos, they said no. Then, when I asked them if any of these would fit, theyn said that "anything with a enough work can be made to fit." My remaining questions are, "How easily?" andm "Which one?" Will any of these fit?
Thats an old principle, You can make anything happen with enough work. I have no clue why a company would tell you that when they have a part that is supposedly made for your bike advertised on their website. You may be able to talk to them and get the measurements for the mounting points (i.e. width, height) on different Hardtails and get the one that most fits your application. As Far as how easy... You will probably need different sized spacers for the rear wheel at the minimum. I am willing to bet you are wanting more to weld it on than bolt it, as you may have no choice if you are getting a 'universal' hardtail. What I would do is find someone else who has done it and send them an email.

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I've been after Kent and Dave at our shop to come up with one for the Commando's. Problrm is getting someone to just drop off their bike and leave it for awhile so measurements and mock ups can be done.

Currently they are developing one(weld-on) for the Bonnie's...who knows maybe soon they will do one for the Commando's too.

As far as making a Trump HT section work for a Commando...it would take alot of fabbing, thats what I can tell ya.

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Centrevillemx,

I will call the people at British Cycles and ask them for the point of attachment dimensions. I gather that you still pretty sure that one of their hardtails will work for what I have in mind.

I doubt I'm the first person to want a Norton Commando hardtail. So short of having a frame built from scratch, what have other people done? Anyone know anyone who has done this?

WebHeadJames,

Thanks for the info. That was pretty much what I was looking for.

Can you tell me the dimensions for the attachment points of the BSA weld-on frame you are offering on your website?
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Well the hard tail we offer, it will take a lot of fabrication, but IT CAN BE DONE.
The dimensions for that tail section are 3" in drop and 5" in lengthing.
As far as attatchment points ...you would have to create your own once you have it lined up to where you want the wheel to sit.

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WebHeadJames,

Thanks for the reply. I took another look at your BSA frame and I also see that it's take a lot of work. The logical attachment places are nowhere near each other, at least on top. But thanks anyway. I checked out your site and will probably buy your battery box once I get my hardtail sorted out.
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Ya know, I dont know if this is what your looking to do, but, you can do what a lot of old school Harley Builders, including ness, did during the early chopper years. THey would replace the shocks with solid links to make a hard tail while still utilizing the swingarm. Its kind of a stupid way to do it, but you can cut them real low so the fender hugs the tire (Leaving enough room for the tire to expand at speed) and do the conversion without ever removing the rear wheel. It would cost somewhere on the order of $15-20 for the steel, if you could weld it yourself.
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Interesting idea, but I don't think that's what I have in mind.
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Didn't think so..........
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