Norton Commando rear sets problems

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Steve G., Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,424
    Location:
    West is the Best
    I think it was 10 yrs ago I got a Norvil rearset kit, everything to do with comfort. The Interstate tank on my 850 pushes you back 2" further than on the Roadster tank. On the highway, this causes your body to become a human kite, anything over 65mph and you are holding on for your life. The rearset kit places your feet in a perfect place for me, with my heals right under my hips,,,,,with a 5-10degree lean towards the bars, just great.

    My problem is with the brake portion of this kit, where they have a much shorter cable to the rear brake, and, as a result of this setup, the rear brake is not much better than dragging your feet, seriously bad. I'm pretty sure I've routed the cable correct [I think it's still too long]. I'm wondering if anyone has a similar problem with this? I'm wondering if this is just a natural thing when you lose the great leverage of that stock big footbrake arm?
    #1
  2. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2002
    Oddometer:
    5,914
    Location:
    Loughborough, Leicestershire. England
    #2
  3. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,424
    Location:
    West is the Best

    No, havn't chatted to Les since I stopped by his shop in '09.

    His front brake upgrades are really nice, for sure. Maybe I'll just upgrade the front,leave the rear alone,,,,,I don't do alot of gravel on this bike anyways.
    #3
  4. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,135
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    As far as I remember the rear drum of a Commando is a joke: I went from the stock pedal to the Hyde rear set and the brake was still bad.... Then I installed a MK3 wheel with a cut down disc and a Yam R6 caliper and now I have a rear brake!
    .. I remember someone making a SS "frame/thingie" to make the rear brake plate more rigid and the drum more efficient.
    #4
  5. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2002
    Oddometer:
    5,914
    Location:
    Loughborough, Leicestershire. England
    I was chatting to my mate this afternoon. He's quite happy with his Commandos rear drum with the standard lever. His bike had rearsets on it when he first bought it but had the same issue as SteveG with the brake.
    #5
  6. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,424
    Location:
    West is the Best

    Yeah, my brake was great until I put the rear set on. I'm thinking alot of it has to do with the massive leverage of the stock long foot lever compared to the much shorter Norvil one. As a comparison, I have the standard brake/footrest on my 750 Combat, and can lock the rear brake to a tire skid with it,,,,never happen on the 850.
    #6
  7. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2002
    Oddometer:
    5,914
    Location:
    Loughborough, Leicestershire. England
    #7