Progress on the 74 Commando

Posted: November 17, 2016 in British Bikes, classic bikes, motorcycles, Norton Commando, vintage bikes, Vintage British Bikes

Even when you’re working on a bike that really is in excellent shape, it needs to have the perishable parts renewed. All rubber related items such as caliper seals, master cylinder seals, tires, etc perish over time.

The aforementioned brakes  were in remarkably good shape with little overall corrosion. Indeed, if parts weren’t readily available, the pistons could have been cleaned up and reinstalled. However in the interest of self preservation I felt it prudent to cast caution to the wind and in turn cast the old parts into the nearest trash bin. Same goes for the old rubber brake hose; after 35 years I gave it eternal rest.

I pulled the carbs, disassembled them and gave them a bath in some Evapo-Rust to give it a good test. More than happy with the stuff, as it gives the crappy alloy a like new finish and removed most of the old gunk with a good rinsing under water. Top Marks.

Also I found a bit of a Unicorn: it has a 1/4 turn throttle which Norton offered but I had never seen before. The only reason I mention it is because I couldn’t figure out why a new standard throttle cable wasn’t fitting. The 1/4 turn throttle uses a different cable which luckily is available. Just when you think you’ve seen it all…..






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