I'm considering selling off or trading one of my Triumphs for a Norton. I am thinking about either a 750 or 850 Commando..really doesn't matter to me...although the sound of '72 Norton Combat Commando 750 does sound REAL good!
My question is: Is the Norton shift pattern 1 up and three down ? This is heresay to me so I need to confirm. If so, can they be made to shift like a Triumph...1 down three or four up ?
Have no fear Jon, Nortons are much better with rear sets. So in this case you get the kind that has you flipping the shifter backwards. This will return you to the shift pattern you like. I have pics if you would like to see.
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#66101 - 08/20/065:24 amRe: Shift Pattern for Nortons
Passing through the countryside of Vermont early in the morning of Saturday 8/26/06 and I see a Norton 750 Commando in the window of a shop.
Brakes on, u-turn and I find a motorcycle shop out on a rural route named Provins Triumph-BSA-Norton Motorcycles..Sales & Service!
I peer through the window and there are mostly Triumphs probably about 15 at the most in various states of repair to full put together bikes. A Triumph TR5MX 500, a BSA single probably B25 a couple of BMW's (one very old one) & one Norton Commando..chrome fenders front and rear, low and mean looking...pipes blued just right at the head, drum brakes front and rear. Be-U-Ti-Ful! It was nice! I have decided whatecer year that Norton was (early 70's at the latest..maybe '69? ) then that's what I will buy when I can. Maybe that one?
Why change the gear pattern? It's part of the Norton personality. I've ridden Triumph for twenty and Norton for two years. It doesn't happen often but there are times when I hesitate or even do change gear the wrong way. Funny thing is that this happens more on the Triumph than on the Norton. Is this a hint that the Norton way is the "natural", better way?
I have found a Norton..somewhat local and I cannot believe the beauty of this bike.It sits low, has Euro bars, and drums both front and rear...nice red orange ( more red ) color and it's accented by the chrome front and rear fenders, and alll of the other shiny parts.Only thing it doesn't have is the peashooters ( but long megaphones), but I can fix that.... being able to buy the bike is what is important.
But, to answer your question, I have been thinking about the shift pattern and I will definitely run it the way it came from the factory. If I just can't get away from my Triumph ways, I'll do the rear sets or the other mod debby mentioned. I am kind of intrigued by the shift pattern and up for the challenge!
Originally posted by FullThrottle:
Why change the gear pattern? It's part of the Norton personality.
While riding my brotheres atlas the other day I wound it out to 80mph in third and ALMOST went up for top as on my TR6...just caught myself in time and clicked it down...my brother was following on my Trophy...I didnt tell him!!!
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#66108 - 08/31/0610:17 pmRe: Shift Pattern for Nortons
It's a 750 Commando not sure on the year...since I haven't had a chance to talk to the guy in the shop yet. I guy I know that lives in the area went over to the shop and verified that it is for sale...just don't have the year yet.Looks a lot like this bike in the link, but a drum brake up front and low Euro bars and long megaphones..not peashooters.