Archive for December, 2016

Well, the last big projects have been completed and here’s the result.

The new seat foam and cover was the last step after bleeding the front brake. It took about two hours (!) to get the seat the way I wanted it. Just an FYI ; heat is your friend here along with some patience. It’s chilly enough in my garage that the cover really needed some persuading to fit without showing wrinkles etc. Probably my best seat job yet.

Apologies to Milton

Anyway, after raking leaves and fixing household stuff I got to put in a few hours on the mighty Norton.

I slapped on a set of tires, polished the front hub (thanks to a Mother’s mini ball), cleaned up the front and rear rims, respoked the rear wheel because the originals were just too corroded and nasty looking, replaced the rear brake shoes, painted the brake drum and then had coffee. Just kidding, it took a few days of puttering around but overall went pretty smooth. I hate changing tires by hand but at least it got done and I didn’t have to go through the hassle of dropping off and picking up the wheels which adds in a few days and a few bucks which I can spend elsewhere. I used stainless spokes for the rear just because they’re easy to clean. Not original but I do lean to practicality under duress.

Like Barry Sheene said: “I spent most of my money on drink, birds and motorcycles, the rest I just wasted”.

I still have to fill and bleed the front brakes, add the chain and figure out a decent battery hold down. The original setup lets the battery float around too much for me.