Archive for November, 2009

The upgrade posts seen to be popular, so I’m gonna haul off and do it again.

I’ll let the proverbial cat out off the bag up front here so you can go off and do something more interesting without being obligated to read the rest of this. The best upgrade is to NOT upgrade your bike.

At their best a street rideable  Commando isn’t going to make more than 50hp, so don’t try to make it something it isn’t. You can go whole hog and install high compression pistons which will do their best to hammer the lower end apart. You can install high lift cams which will do more damage by putting the horsepower even further up the RPM scale and weaken the bottom end even further. At most you’re going to gain a few ponies in a very narrow range and still get blown off by a poorly ridden Japanese 600.

In their prime, Norton lower ends were not the strongest and now the ticking time bomb of a filthy sludge trap and crankshaft cheeks that are developing cracks everywhere are just waiting to perforate the engine cases.

Keep these bikes running by not torturing them. They run great when they are rebuilt to stock specs with a modicum of care. The torque alone  is more than adequate to keep a sane rider happy. They handle pretty darn well when the isolastics are shimmed up to where they’re supposed to be.

So leave well enough alone and keep them stock.


We happened to run across a deal on some Cordura textile  3/4 length Touring Jackets

These are first quality, brand new jackets at a steal of a price

They have :

zip out liner

velcro adjustable sides

reflective piping

removable armor

Pocket flaps so stuff doesn’t fall out of the pockets

waterproof membrane

500 denier Cordura shell (heavy duty)

Made by Texport

These jackets retail for $169 but I can blow them out for $89! See the color selection in the picture.

Sizes are from S-4XL

email or call 339-200-8618

We take Visa Mastercard or I can send a Paypal invoice

I have a limited amount, so act now if you want one!